University City Science Center
Under the title Breadboard, the Science Center creates project-based STEAM programs. Funding supported the launch of the Department of Making + Doing, a collaborative effort of Breadboard, NextFab, The Hacktory and Public Workshop. Bringing together expertise in design, fabrication, electronics and art, DM+D encourages learning through doing, providing hands-on experiences for the public, with an emphasis on engaging youth in the intersection of arts and technology in new and creative ways.
Update: During the grant period, DM+D hosted weekly programs including: Drop In + Do, a program for teens and adults, novices and experts to collaborate and explore new ideas and technologies; Civic Sensors, where programmers and hardware enthusiasts design and build sensors and data analysis tools; and Kid’s Club, an after school program for 3rd to 5th grade students to make a project. They also created a mobile maker cart that was used to conduct activities at local block parties, the Food Trust’s Night Market Festival and Philadelphia Parking Day. DM+D has hosted 314 workshops and events, delivered nearly 1,000 hours of maker education and community programming and engaged more than 3,500 program participants. DM+D programming drew a blend of youth and adults from across the City of Philadelphia, with 40% living within walking distance of DM+D and the Science Center’s West Philadelphia campus.