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In Schools

Expanding Maker education resources IN public schools

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Making Spaces is an exciting partnership with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library and the Madison Metropolitan School District. Started in 2017 in collaboration with Maker Ed, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and Google Making & Science, Making Spaces supports the expansion of maker education in public schools. 

With current funding provided by Schmidt Futures, the Bubbler at Madison Public Library helps cultivate the future of making and learning in Madison public schools through:

  • targeted professional development for a variety of maker educators
  • connections to artists, experts, & makers in the community 
  • support around implementation & assessment of maker programs in classrooms

We are excited to join Madison Metropolitan School District and the Foundation from Madison Public Schools in supporting this innovative project fostering the our city's future creatives.

“We are delighted to support the Making Spaces initiative, Maker-centered learning can inspire students to excel in design, invention, STEM, and real-world problem-solving.” - Thomas Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer of Schmidt Futures.

"This partnership will provide opportunities and resources for not only our students but teachers to create spaces where students will gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. This partnership and skills that our students will acquire speak directly to our district's vision for all students – that they will not only graduate but graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful in college, career, and community,” - TJ McCray, Director of Instructional Tech & Media Services MMSD


See the intentions of our newly selected 2018-2019 Making Spaces SChools

Falk Elementary

Falk Elementary School has done immense work in collaborating and partnering with community based organizations to strengthen their relationships with parents and students. They are excited o provide an avenue for students to explore their talents and skills in new ways.  They are certain that dedicating a space for making will enhance the academic programming available to their students and become an important part of their everyday work.

Glendale Elementary 

Glendale Elementary School believes a makerspace can enhance students’ social and emotional health through collaboration and problem solving.  They are excited for more opportunities for their students to run with their imagination instead of being be boxed in to a set curriculum.  Glendale envisions their Makerspace Lab as a place to engage families and community members when hosting after-school events. This new space will accommodate more members of the Glendale community to be able to imagine, design, explore and create.

Hawthorne Elementary

Hawthorne Elementary School serves a large percentage of students from low income families who cannot afford to expose their children to the tech tools and building toys that other families may have at home. Creating a Makerspace will provide more equitable access to activities that support the development of the 21st Century skills that ALL students will need to be college, career, and community ready.

Lake View Elementary

Having already provided various engaging after school opportunities for students, Lake View Elementary School would like to see their students develop a strong "maker mindset". They strongly believe makerspaces can contribute to decreasing school anxiety because makerspace learning has elements of choice, going at one’s own pace, and often less rigorous focus on specific grade level standards. Less stress leads to happier students and that contributes to more a positive learning experience.

Muir Elementary 

John Muir Elementary School continually strives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for their students. They are excited to incorporate making into their school community to engage the diverse student body. They believe that maker education will give children with different learning styles the opportunity to express themselves in a positive and meaningful way.

Schenk Elementary

Schenk Elementary School intends to expand their intentional strategies using the pedagogy of making and creating in students’ core learning. They strive to give children authentic experiences that allow for creativity and choice, and want to move students to be active, rather than passive participants in their learning since creativity should be at the hands of all students.  In incorporating makerspaces, they hope the program will specifically help lower income students succeed.

O'Keeffe Middle School

Believing that the heart of making is student voice and choice, Georgia O'Keeffe Middle School enables students to engage in learning that is meaningful and exciting to them. By having a space and resources dedicated to learning opportunities that are more creative, hands-on, and exploration-based, they hope to start collaborating with teachers to build more varied learning experiences for their students and to hopefully bring some of the philosophy behind making into their own classroom settings.

Learn more about 2017-18 Making Spaces Schools


With your support, we will be able to equip our enterprising student media club and elementary broadcast journalists with actual film and sound equipment that matches their enthusiasm and supports their huge ambitions and personalized learning goals. We will also be able to engage our students in Wednesday Choice clubs around gardening, sewing, cooking, and woodworking providing positive ways our students can give back to their communities! 
Read more here!

Toki Middle School

At Toki Middle School, we thrive!

Building on our existing library maker space, we will expand our materials, but also our knowledge base through professional development for our teachers to incorporate making and learning across all disciplines. 


With your support, we will expand our maker programs and connect our students with the broader Madison community of makers through a new artist in residence program, inviting artists (and parents!) to share their craft with students. 

Each Wednesday, Whitehorse Librarian Ms. MC hosts 30-40 students in her after-school maker club, providing the opportunity for them to tinker, build, and explore. 

Franklin Elementary

We believe our school community - young and old - deserves the access and opportunity to be: empowered, collaborative, connected and, creative. 

We will design, take risks, make mistakes and solve problems.  Through play, tinkering, and experimentation, we will demonstrate critical thinking, make meaning, and share understanding in this space and throughout our school.



With your support we will continue to develop our collaborative studio space with an artist in residence program, providing opportunities for students to succeed when they are given the agency to be artists, inventors, and problem solvers. 

Huegel Elementary is excited to build on it's experiences with mini residencies with community members to give their students diverse experiences. 


With your support, we will build making and learning outside our four walls with field trip and internship opportunities to empower our students to discover new paths for their education. 

Capital High is hoping to support its students with opportunities through:

  • Artist residencies 
  • Internships in industry 
  • Studio workshops and recording