The Maker Education Initiative’s Maker Corps addresses the need for personalized support and expertise to bring more making into existing educational programs across the nation.
Applications due December 11. Applicants will be notified of selection status by December 20.
Maker Corps Member applications will begin in January 2014
FIND OUT DETAILS ON OUR PILOT YEAR OF MAKER CORPS AND OTHER PROGRAMS IN OUR 2012-2013 PROGRAM REPORT
A Summer of Maker Corps
This past Spring, our Host Sites and Maker Ed selected 108 Maker Corps Members out of over 330 Applicants. They have now served this Summer in 34 youth- serving organizations in 19 different states. Follow their work via our Twitter and Facebook channels, as well as our Blog.
While much of our Development Camps were exclusive to Maker Corps Members, our eight Spring and four Summer Development Camp Meetups are public and archived on our YouTube channel.
Here’s a peek into the wonderful work of Maker Corps Hosts Albemarle County Public Schools:
Maker Ed and Maker Corps at the White House
Maker Ed Executive Director Paloma Garcia-Lopez visited the White House and met the President Monday, April 22. Maker Corps was highlighted by the White House as one of several model programs increasing opportunities for STEM participation. Read more about it here: Maker Education Initiative Announces Summer Campaign At the White House.
Below is our current map of Maker Corps Host Sites.
If you are interested in becoming a Host Site for 2014, visit our information and application page.
Click on “View Larger Map” above to see the list of Host Sites and web links.
GOALS OF THE MAKER CORPS PROGRAM:
- Provide opportunities for makers to gain leadership skills, increase confidence and build career readiness skills.
- Expand the network of maker mentors and community leaders.
- Expose more youth and families to creative problem-solving through making.
- Expand the capacity of youth-serving organizations to serve their communities in maker-oriented projects.
In their placements this summer, Maker Corps Members served as near-peer mentors and role models in a variety of community settings, including science centers, children’s museums, schools, libraries or other youth-serving organizations. They engaged children and families in creative projects that develop problem-solving skills, and gained experience serving as community leaders. Our 108 Corps Members have now earned the title of Maker Corps Mentors, in celebration of their experience and continued roles as mentors and ambassadors for making in education.
- Established and maintained a creative and supportive community, and trained with peers in online, interactive Spring and Summer Development Camps to prepare for and support their Host Site placements;
- received a Possibility Box full of materials, tools, surprises and cool stuff designed to spark exploration and experimentation; and
- developed creative portfolios of their work, project development and ideas to aid in future career opportunities
If you or your organization would be interested in becoming a sponsor of the Maker Corps program, please contact Info@MakerEd.org. Through sponsorships we can provide materials and salaries to Maker Corps members who will be working in their communities to involve children and families in making.
The Maker Education Initiative is incredibly grateful to the founding sponsors who are making work like this possible: Cognizant, Intel, Pixar, and Maker Media. Additional support has been provided by the MacArthur Foundation.