The Mildred Osborne Charter School in New Orleans has unveiled its brand new makerspace following a $126,100 grant from Capital One Bank, Propeller and IDIYA. The makerspace will help train students through hands-on, creative learning.
“This new Makerspace enables students to enhance their digital skills, learn about advanced manufacturing, and gain an appreciation for the do-it-yourself-style of working, said Capital One Bank Southeast Louisiana Market President Karen DeBlieux. “We believe the Makerspace can build hope in the minds of students that they can improve the world around them and become leaders in this community and beyond.”
Mildred Osborne was selected out of eight schools to receive funding for the makerspace, which was installed after a 16-week teacher training.
Technology is a key component in a makerspace. During the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 12, students were taught to design in CAD, program in Arduino, safely operate 3D printers, Computer Numeric Controls, advanced machines and CNC mills, and metal/wood working.
“Bridging the digital divide helps to even the playing field for New Orleans students,” says Propeller Executive Director Andrea Chen. “By providing Mildred Osborne students with a Makerspace in their school environment, we hope to spark a love of technology and creative making that will inspire students to pursue knowledge economy and STEM careers.”