Welcome to the first makerspace initiative of its kind.

We use projects to teach real-life skills, build leadership, and prepare learners to excel as young adults in a technologically advanced world. Unlike traditional education, our methods are based in  educational research and numerous prior successes. Our vision is to proliferate this

to every major Air Force base in the world. 

Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers

Markers

Markers

Electronic Circuit

Electronic Circuit

Factory

Factory

Pipes

Pipes

Laser Alignment

Laser Alignment

Math Notebook and Calculator

Math Notebook and Calculator

Add a Title

Add a Title

Four Skateboards

Four Skateboards

Boys at School

Boys at School

Image by Alvaro Reyes

Image by Alvaro Reyes

Carpentry Work

Carpentry Work

Our aim is to provide innovative and consistent project-based STEM education to the children of military families and surrounding communities.

Core Values

MAKE

We provide material and technical resources necessary for a range of engineering projects, big or small.

LEAD

MakeLAB instills leadership

skills by facilitating a learning experience centered on teamwork and self-determination.

ACTUALIZE

Our team of staff and student teachers work together to take student ideas and turn them into real products.

BUILD

This one is simple: at the end of the day we're here to build cool stuff.

Our Curriculum Model

We leverage makerspaces in many ways. One method we use to benefit the community is by enhancing extracurricular high school education using a project-based STEM curriculum which instills essential engineering skills like computer aided design, 3D printing, laser cutting and coding—as well as higher-level abilities like design thinking, creative confidence, and rapid prototyping.

1st Year:

Technical Skills

During the first year, students will become familiar with the makerspace environment and become proficient in cutting edge design & fabrication tools like 3D printing, laser cutting, and computer aided design. Students will start off with gratifying projects like custom t-shirts, 3D printed flashlights, laser cut speakers and custom laser engravings. After students have mastered basic technical skills, they will move on to more advanced open ended projects involving coding, robotics and more. And the best part is that students get to take their projects home for free!

2nd Year:

Teamwork & Design Thinking

In the second year, students will apply their technical skills to solve a real world problem in the community. Teams of students will work with an organization or individual in need of a hardware based solution to a day to day problem. After interviewing their community partner, students will prototype a technology based solution for their problem and present it at a science fair at the end of the year.

3rd Year: 

Peer Teaching

In the third year, students will use everything they have learned to become mentors for younger students. During this last year of class, students will develop communication and leadership skills, deepen their own technical knowledge, and earn community service hours by assisting with classes for 1st and 2nd year students as well as helping to staff community open hours on weekends. Furthermore, advanced students will have extended access to the makeLAB makerspace and will have opportunities to apply for funding for personal projects.

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