April 2022
We have been so busy! Springtime brought a lot of growth for Matt's Maker Space! We are working on several spaces which should all be done in 2022! We plan to open spaces in:
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital for ages 3 - 93!:
  • We are getting close to completing this beautiful and innovative space for a mental health population. We plan to open this space in late May which is Mental Health Awareness Month. Matt's Maker Space opened the Outpatient Space last year in the Franklin Building location. The teachers and therapists are already training in maker space education and are preparing wonderful activities for their patients.
Chicago Comer Children's Hospital - serving the inpatient children's population
  • We have had several meetings with the hospital and our plan is to visit Chicago in the near future to see the designs in person. This is a unique space with three separate rooms and a garden! We plan to use some very exciting new technology there. Stay tuned!
Albert Gallatin School District - two middle schools - North and South - serving grades 6-8
  • This school district has real need and we are excited that we can provide two spaces that will focus on industrial education to help prepare the students for the workforce. They will receive laser cutters and 3-d printers allowing them to provide valuable skills to their students. We cannot wait to show you what these spaces will ultimately look like!
The Neighborhood Academy - serving grades 6 - 12
  • The Children's Museum is working hard on the design for this new space which will replace their library. We are excited because it is the first space you see when you walk in the building. The Neighborhood Academy is a private, college preparatory high school and middle school for grades 6 - 12 in Pittsburgh, It is a truly exceptional learning community that values character development, the self-respect that comes through hard work, academic achievement, and responsibility to and for the community. We presented them with a check recently and they are excited to begin construction on June 1. Look for our grand opening in late August at this amazing school!
A sneak peak of one of the walls of cabinets in the room for UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.
The Neighborhood Academy.
Matt’s Maker Space & New Castle area School District provide teacher training

Recently Matt’s Maker Space and New Castle Area school district gathered at the new castle high school to provide much needed laser cutter, 3D printer and maker education for 15 teachers from our family of maker spaces. Led by Emily Sanders, Director of Innovation, and her amazing team of instructors, this training provided the teachers with much needed resources. The teachers were able to check in and collaborate with one another. It was exciting to see our newest Matt’s Maker Space teachers from Western Psychiatric attend as well! 
Professional Development Session for Teachers and Administrators: (Please RSVP with link provided)

May 12th - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Wonder Workshop: Cultivating Curiosity and Creativity in the Classroom
  • Training will be held in the Matt's Makerspace in George Washington Intermediate School, New Castle, PA

SAVE the Date: August 2nd and August 3rd: STEAM TinkerTank Immersive Camp for Educators - Registration information coming soon! 
Through our generous donors and grants, we have been able to provide spaces and opportunities for children. If you know of any grants or would like to make a tax deductible donation please click on the links to the right. All funding goes to supporting our STEAM learning spaces or programming in our Matt's Maker Spaces.