This is a great story! The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (PA) has partnered with Kickstarter to develop a program that helps schools run their own Kickstarter projects to help them fund and run makerspaces and enrich students’ learning through hands-on experience with new tools and materials. From the press release:
Funds raised will support the schools as they create hands-on learning experiences and maker-spaces, collaborative learning environments that provide access to different types of tools and materials to encourage creative production. The schools are hoping to raise between $5,000 and $16,000 to cover the costs of design services, furniture, tools, supplies, and ongoing professional development.
Even better, the museum hopes that after the local school projects succeed, they’ll be able to take the program to a national audience, and help schools all over the country (and world) fund and build their own makerspaces. If you want to learn more, or support the pilot schools and their projects, check out the program landing page here.