Springfield, OH: YOUmedia Springfield

How One School District in Ohio Transformed an Empty High School into a Digital Space for Teens

For nearly a century, a beautiful domed building on the south side of Springfield, Ohio, housed a high school. But after a tobacco settlement left the state with additional education funding in 2008, the Springfield City School District (SCSD) made some needed infrastructure improvements. Read the rest »

What Libraries Offer the Maker Movement

At the Millvale Community Library in Pennsylvania, toddlers and kids gather weekly to work on creative projects. On those days the library morphs into a “makerspace,” overflowing with sewing supplies, circuitry, yarn, and electronics. The young visitors are encouraged to tinker with the materials and create anything they dream up, be it an animated video or a collage. Read the rest »

Richmond, VA: The MiX

Learning Labs Put 3D Printing Skills to the Test to Improve Lives for Veterans in Virginia

When you think of a team that has won $20,000 in a Make-a-thon for prosthetics and assistive technology, you wouldn’t expect that the team consisted of three teens, an educator, and an engineer. You also wouldn’t expect that they would immediately release their ideas as an open-source project, enabling doctors, researchers, and industrial designers to bring the team’s creation rapidly into market, potentially changing the lives of thousands of people, including Veterans, who live with prostheses. Read the rest »