What’s Included

Makers in Motion provides your organization with everything it needs to implement both an onsite and outreach makerspace solution that empowers learners of all ages through engaging, accessible, project-based programming.

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.

Equipment

wdt_ID Accessories Premium Package Standard Package
1 3D printers 4 2
2 Laser cutter and accessories 2 1
3 Vinyl cutter 1 1
4 Portable CNC router 1 1
5 Design computers 24 18
6 Spheros 10 5
7 iPads 6 3
8 Flat-screen TV 1 -
9 Pop-up canopy 2 1
10 3D printing pens and filament 8 4

* You can offer a maker space that is accessible to everyone. A Tactile-Assisted Design Kit is appropriate for people who are visually impaired and kinesthetic learners who respond best to a hands-on learning style. They build an object and feel how their design will be created. After constructing their design, it is imported into a CAD software application from which participants then digitally prototype their design using a laser or vinyl cutter. Just like all other participants in maker programs, they test, refine, and iterate their designs.

Purchasing site will provide a van and hydraulic lift that fits required specifications. If desired, the Makers in Motion team can facilitate the purchase of the van and lift. Customization of any package may result in additional fees.

Curriculum

Carnegie Science Center’s team of digital fabrication educators have developed a Makers in Motion curriculum package that includes standards-aligned, project-based lesson plans, presentations, and digital templates to prepare you to deliver engaging programming right away. The educational content can be adapted for students of all ages and experience levels.

The Makers in Motion curriculum includes:

Boy holding up a stencil sheet with different shapes

Project workshops:

In these short lessons, students design and create their own project using digital fabrication technologies, learning 2D and 3D design principles with a 1:1 computer/student ratio.

Woman holding a 3D project

Engineering challenges:

In these lessons, teams of students problem solve, design, prototype, and improve their solutions to solve a challenge using digital fabrication technologies.

Teenager attaching lights to fabric

Capstone projects:

These lengthy projects involve collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking to define and solve an individual challenge. Taking six hours or longer, students use human-centered design to address personal, school, or community challenges.

Training

Our team has perfected the art of building a successful traveling makerspace program. We’ll work with your team to provide intensive training, operational support, consultation services, and professional development opportunities based on your needs.

wdt_ID Training Premium Package Standard Package
1

Mobile Fab Lab Intensive

2

Van delivery and training

3

Consultation services

2 years 1 year
4

On-site professional development

2 1
5

Total days of training

11 9

Business Model and Operations

Makers in Motion includes a detailed guidebook to help your organization through the training, piloting, and longer-term planning phases – including fiscal planning and budgeting – of your new mobile makerspace educational enterprise. Drawing on more than five years of experience conducting single-day programs, week-long events, field trips, teacher professional development sessions, summer camps, and even multiple-month, community-driven projects, Carnegie Science Center’s Fab Lab team gives you the tools you need to hit the road ready to make makers. We will work with your organization through regular virtual sessions to help integrate the Makers in Motion mobile lab both within your organization and into the communities around it. Your mobile makerspace will be able to adapt to the communities who have touchpoints with it. We will guide you through this process and learn alongside you.

Income Potential

Working as a team, with the long-range goal of including your organization in a larger educational makerspace network that continues to grow with the addition of each new lab, we help get your new initiative into the communities where it is most needed. Makers in Motion allows you to create and deliver mission-driven programming that also stands to generate increasingly larger amounts of earned revenue, with the goal of becoming sustainable as rapidly as possible. This includes the potential for sponsorship opportunities utilizing your new mobile lab. Attractive to potential funders, the STEM-based, mission-driven programming allows for a diversified income stream, from out-of-pocket bookings to multi-year sponsorships.