Reimagining Libraries

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is partnering with Mt. Lebanon School District in Allegheny County, PA to help them create maker spaces that support STEAM curriculum in all seven district elementary schools.  The project launched in March 2017 with CMP designers providing preliminary designs for the new maker spaces at each school.  Then, in July 2017,  more than 30 teachers and administrators representing all grade levels and departments, attended Maker Space Boot Camp at the Children’s Museum. 

A leader in the maker field, the Children’s Museum is partnering with Google and Maker Ed, a national nonprofit organization, to integrate making into schools across the country, and it is playing a key role in shaping Mt. Lebanon’s maker program.  The museum is one of 10 national hubs, each of which has worked with 5-10 local schools “to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker education.”  The museum conducted a pilot program involving some public elementary, middle and high schools; charter schools, Catholic schools and schools for students with special needs, among others, in this region.

Learn more about the Maker Space Boot Camp and Matt's Maker Spaces in the September issue of Mt. Lebanon Magazine.

Anne Fullenkamp