Drive your STEM outreach with a future-focused, fully equipped makerspace on wheels

Drive your STEM outreach with a future-focused, fully equipped makerspace on wheels

Inspire future engineers, scientists, technologists, and makers with project-based learning experiences that spark creativity, collaboration, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking.

With a fully equipped traveling makerspace that can be set up anywhere — in classrooms, gymnasiums, libraries, or even outdoors — Makers in Motion provides revenue-generating programming that will establish your organization as a regional leader in maker-based STEM education. When not traveling, you can set up the equipment at your location to host maker workshops for your own community of visitors or students. Transform any space into a digital fabrication laboratory!

Not only does Makers in Motion come equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, laptops, and other high-tech digital fabrication tools, all packages include provide intensive training, standards-aligned lesson plans, ongoing consultation, and everything else you need to bring innovative, hands-on workshops to students, educators, and families anywhere.

Explore the Lab!

Learn from the experts who perfected the art of building a successful traveling makerspace. Carnegie Science Center’s team of educators have delivered in-depth digital fabrication workshops on-site and on the road since 2015, introducing more than 10,000 learners of all ages and experience levels to the dynamic, STEM-based maker movement.

“These workshops changed the way I think. Now, when I see woodwork or a computer program, I compare it to the work I’ve done and I usually say, ‘I can do that,’ or ‘I wonder how they made that?’”
— Destany Best, high school program participant

Partners:

Science Spectrum logo PA Cyber Kauai Community Science Center

Partners:Science Spectrum logo

PA Cyber

Kauai Community Science Center

What’s Included

Whether you are looking to offer dynamic making experiences onsite or through an easily transportable outreach program, Makers in Motion gives you everything you need to empower your organization to inspire students through engaging project-based learning opportunities.

Digital fabrication education is more than just the tools and technology. It is how it is used, taught, and integrated. In addition to the equipment listed below, we provide you with intensive training, standards-aligned lesson plans and curriculum, operational support and coaching, and consultation services.

The Value of Makerspaces

Just starting out your research into makerspaces and how they can support your organization’s mission and educational goals? Here are a few of our favorite resources that explain the maker movement and its remarkable impact on STEM education.

An Assessment Instrument of Technological Literacies in Makerspaces and FabLabs
Research study by Paulo Blikstein, Zaza Kabayadondo, Andrew Martin, and Deborah Fields

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The Maker Movement: A Learning Revolution
Article by Sylvia Martinez from the International Society for Technology in Education

How Maker Education is Impacting Student Cognition
Article from USC Rossier School of Education

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News

Learn more about how the Mobile Fab Lab program has helped organizations expand their community outreach and impact on students.

Two red Mobile Fab Lab vans

Science Center teams up with Texas museum to develop their own Mobile Fab Lab
— Carnegie Science Center’s Science Impact

Two students working on a computer

Learning, Together
— Carnegie Magazine

Two girls smiling and pointing at a computer screen

Students STEAM ahead as Fab Lab comes to Mohawk
— New Castle News

Adam Savage with Carnegie Science Center staff

Maker Tour: Carnegie Science Center
— Adam Savage’s Tested

Girl punching out 3D printed dinosaur bone shapes

Toronto City Schools’ first STEM Academy Week receives rave reviews
— WTOV-TV FOX

Hand holding a small quad-copter drone

Taking Fab Lab on the Road
— KDKA-TV

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Who We Are

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Science Center delights, educates, and inspires through interactive experiences in science and technology. The team of educators in the BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center have delivered in-depth digital fabrication workshops on-site and on the road since 2015, introducing thousands of learners of all ages and experience levels to the dynamic, STEM-based maker movement. Through years of experience, the team has perfected the art of building a successful traveling makerspace and delivering workshops that spark creativity, collaboration, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking.

BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center’s mission is to thoughtfully incorporate STEM competencies into making experiences that teach technological literacy.

STEM Competencies: All lessons in our curriculum are aligned to Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and Fab Lab’s I Can Statements. By the time students have completed this curriculum, they will have a solid grasp of how science, technology, engineering, and math intersect with all areas of learning and life.

Making Experiences: Each lesson ensures students are using both computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) tools. These experiences in making give students practical skills to problem solve in the future while also inspiring them with the knowledge that they can enact change in their own communities.

Technological Literacy: Just 50 years ago, it was farfetched to imagine people having computers at home. Now most have multiple computers, some even small enough to fit into their pockets. While we do not know exactly what technological advances will happen in the years to come, giving students access to cutting edge technology prepares them to feel comfortable in ever-evolving, high-tech spaces.

BNY Mellon Fab Lab – Carnegie Science Center