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Partners in Mentoring Students and Coaching Teachers
1. MakerLab Summer Programming – $xxxx
Our Summer Programs have served xx youth across Northumberland County since 2018.
Sponsorship of our Summer Program helps us to expand the numbers of Northumberland youth served...
2. Portable MakerLab– $xxxx
We want to take our MakerLab experience on the road! With the proper 'kits' we can travel to community centres, libraries and schools with our youth and adult programs.
Each 'kit' would be contained in a durable, easy to travel hard case that would house enough program materials for 8-10 people...
3. MakerLab @ Waterfront Festival
Our Portable MakerLab on location at the Waterfront Festival...
4. Mobile MakerLab Program– $xxxxx
This is a permanent outreach program which extends the MakerLab
programming and capabilities to any location within Northumberland county when travel
to Venture 13 is not feasible/possible.
Programming & Delivery
Programming would be an extension of the STEAM learning style which Northumberland Makers uses in our clubs and camps for youth. Programming for Seniors
would be similar but with an emphasis on themes (basic computer tasks, internet privacy,
etc.) and tasks (intro to 3D Printing, t-shirt making, etc.) which are adaptable for seniors
of all ages and skill levels. The Mobile MakerLab program would focus on tasks which
would be easy to complete within the visiting time period or ones which would be
designed to last multiple sessions as the Mobile MakerLab would come back for routine
stops. This would have a "Bookmobile" style delivery with stops at Community Centres,
Senior Centres, service clubs, schools and libraries all over Northumberland County. A
schedule could be published prior and Social Media would be utilized to provide advanced
warning of its stops.
Staffing: Two employees would be ideal for safety and program delivery, although it could
operate with only one employee. The employee(s) would deliver the programming, signup
and location scouting, Social Media, and transportation.
Equipment: The Mobile MakerLab contains a portable subset of the core functionality of
our Venture 13 MakerLab but would be housed in a trailer/mobile home/moving truck.
There would be portable versions of 3D printers, hot plates (for cooking), robotic kits, a
vinyl cutter, a t-shirt press, crafting supplies, electronics workstations, and laptops and
more. Some sort of connection to the Internet would be ideal to allow internet access to
utilize cloud-based programs and applications.
Sponsorships: Northumberland Makers have been passively sourcing some service groups
and manufacturing corporations but have not applied for any grants as of yet.
Outcomes: Northumberland Makers believes that the Maker Movement should be
accessible to all residents of Northumberland County. With a Mobile MakerLab, we are
capable of fulfilling our mandate of bringing tools and technology to our residents. We
would be reaching all age and ethnicity groups with the ability to cater and develop
specialized programming when required.
Our Work So Far…
As you can see, we have given this quite a lot of thought and feel as though the Mobile
MakerLab is the missing piece which will help to fulfil our mandate. There are several
pieces to this puzzle which we have identified and solved. However, some still require
work and backing.
Employee(s): We have an interested and motivated individual who is ready to take on this
program. Their salary is expected to partially come from fees we would collect the
locations this program would visit but there would need to be another injection as these
fees would only account for approximately 40% of their salary. Another 60% would be
As a bonus, we also see this person as a Monday to Friday Coordinator of the Venture 13
MakerLab when not on the road. We have many requests which we have to turn down due
to not having this staffed during the day time hours.
Programming: This is ready to go. It will need to be tested and slightly modified to run on
the road, but this is easily done.
Transportation: We do not have a trailer/mobile home/moving truck in which to house
the Mobile MakerLab yet. However, we do have vehicles to pull the Mobile MakerLab. In
the future, we would like to have the money generated by this programming to go towards
a lease of a vehicle to transport the Mobile MakerLab around.