UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Unveils Matt’s Maker Space
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh partnered to design Matt's Maker Space, one of the few dedicated maker spaces available in a pediatric hospital in the country. Located in the hospital’s Family Resource Center on the sixth floor, Matt's Maker Space was specifically designed for patients and their families to create, invent, and learn together. This new space will provide patients at the hospital access to STEAM-related activities to encourage problem-solving through hands-on learning 24/7.
New elements include a multi-purpose magnetic peg board storage and display wall system, custom designed storage cabinets and tables, and a marquee sign. The design needed to both fit in with the existing décor and operational needs of the hospital, while also the functions of an engaging STEAM learning center. CMP worked closely with the hospitals facilities team and child-life services staff to create a design that achieved both.
Since 2017, CMP has designed nine Matt's Maker Spaces in the Pittsburgh region for the Conover family, who founded the non-profit organization to honor the memory of their son, Matt, who lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was 12. The family wanted to keep his memory alive in a way that helps other kids and speaks to the healing power of giving back.
"It was our desire to have something at the hospital which helps families and remembers our son Matt," said Noelle Conover, MS, Project Coordinator, SurvivorConnect. "At UPMC Children's, we are one of the few children's hospitals in the country to be able to offer a maker space to our patients and their families."