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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
MISSION STATEMENT: Creative confidence, complex problem solving, and community through making.
VISION STATEMENT: High school graduates supremely prepared to begin the life of their choosing.
YOU DON’T STOP AT FAILURE - You learn from it, modify your process, try again. Sometimes the best way to arrive at the solution is to brainstorm, tinker, prototype, and test. There is no reason to fear failure.
THERE IS NOT ALWAYS A “RIGHT” ANSWER - Sometimes only better or worse ones. Many real world problems do not have a clear-cut solution. Sometimes you have to settle for the best possible.
COLLABORATION IS KEY TO SUCCESS - Asking for help is not a sign of inferiority. Admitting you could use some help doesn't make you look incapable to your peers. A lot can be learned from the combined knowledge of your fellow man.
ALL THINGS DON'T HAVE TO BE TAUGHT - Create knowledge through discovery. Contrary to popular belief, parents and teachers don't know everything. Through discovery, failure, and success you can create your own understanding
We want to work towards two separate but equally important goals:
Provide a resource for kids to learn the principles of STE(A)M education.
Teach kids how to use their hands and imagination to Make
There is no secondary education institution that can remedy the technical and trade skill shortfall our country is facing. No bachelor's degree, Masters, or Ph.D. that will qualify your son or daughter to take on these careers. What is needed? Hands-on training in skills and trades that have existed for centuries: electricians, plumbers, carpenters, artists, builders, and Makers.
In spite of the stark statistics, shop class is dead in almost every school system in America. Why? Well, I don't really know. Fear of liability, I suppose, is one.
The lack of skilled tradesmen and women is expected to only grow worse with time.
I would like to propose a possible solution: a mobile maker space designed specifically for children where they can learn the skills they need to excel in school as well as the blue and white collar world.
This exposure and these skills apply to everyday life in addition to career success. Complex problem-solving, critical thinking, good decision making, bias awareness, and just how their world works in general.
Our mobile Maker space will travel to public schools, private schools, Boy and Girl Scout Troop events, social outreach programs, Maker Faire, after school events, private events, and others. It will open its doors and unpack a complete maker space in the parking lot, campground, yard, or exhibition space.
To this end, I ask for your assistance. We want to create a 501(c)3 mobile maker space inside of a truck and trailer to serve schools and neighborhoods where a brick-and-mortar maker space would never exist otherwise. To create a skill-building, STE(A)M-based curriculum for each age group and/ or school grade that will progressively build on the previous year’s curriculum.
The end result will be young men and women who graduate high school equipped to design, build, and make to the highest of their abilities. They will be ready to enter the workforce and excel as no other before them. If they so choose, they will be ready to fill those 1.4 million open tradecraft positions that are waiting for them. Unemployment and poverty will no longer be a fear they have to confront.
To make this dream a reality we need partners: tool manufacturers, vehicle manufacturers, business mentors, financial institutions, investors, teachers, Makers, builders, and artists.
What are my qualifications to attempt this venture? I am a husband, father, United States Marine, "disabled" Iraq War Veteran, and a Maker. I am a blue-collar worker: a municipal Police Officer of almost a decade. I am a member of the Alabama Woodworkers Guild and of Southern Woodworkers. I have previously owned and operated a successful private business. My family operates several successful private businesses. Lastly, and I feel most importantly, I have a deep-rooted passion for ensuring the future of America is FILLED with builders, artists, designers, creators, experimenters, and Makers of all kinds.
THE PILOT PROGRAM
The pilot program will serve the public school systems Jefferson & Shelby County, Alabama. As of the 2010 Census numbers there were approximately 200,000 residents under the age of 18 in these counties. Currently there are no Maker spaces available to kids in either county, and no Maker space of any kind in Shelby County.
The pilot program will receive oversight from a supervisory board consisting of three Program Mentors. The mentors will provide guidance and oversight to the staff. In addition to the Board there will be a Program Director, an Operations Manager, a curriculum working group, and the instructional staff.
We Make Makers is teaming up with STE(A)M Truck and Community Guilds to provide a research-based, real-world-tested, and results-proven curriculum that incorporates all aspects of STE(A)M education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. They have operated in central Georgia for more than three years with amazing success.
Our mobile Maker space will offer several options to schools administrators. Some of these will include one, three, and five-day builds, and a STE(A)M Day - think field day but more fun! We will also offer a year-long program. With this curriculum, we will meet with the same students on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis teaching new and progressive skills over the entire school year.
In addition to the curriculum for public school system, we will offer opportunities for community access such as appearances at area libraries and museums such as McWane Science Center. Weekend mornings at local events such as Pepper Place Farmer's Market. Weekend afternoons at local family spaces such as Railroad Park. Local festivals, celebrations, and other events.
We also plan to offer monthly small group meetings with instruction - think Boy and Girl Scouts but no tents!
Looking for a Summer camp for your young Maker? We'll have you covered with week-long day camps!
This pilot program will not serve all schools, social organizations, and municipalities in the county, but will afford us the opportunity to establish ourselves and the program. Once you wonderful people see what an impact can be made, we can add more trucks!
Used Freightliner MT55 25' Step Van: Approximately $15,000
Epilog Mini 18 Laser: $12,000
Tormach PCNC 440 CNC Mill: $8,000
Sawstop JSS-MCA Table Saw: $1,400
Voyager DVR 18" Digital Drill Press: $1,500
Hitachi C10FCE2 10" Compound Miter Saw: $110
Powermatic PWBS-14CS 14" Bandsaw: $1,200
Nova 46300 12"x16.5" VS Lathe: $550
JET AFS-1000B Air Filtration Unit: $370
JET DC-650 1HP Dust Collector: $365
JET JJP-10BTOS 10" Jointer/ Planer Combo: $500
JET JSG-96CS 6"x48" Belt/ 9" Disc Sander: $865
Prusa i3 MK2 3D Printer: $800
3D Printer Supplies (Filament,etc): $1000
Desktop Computer: $750
Vinyl Cutter: $250
Electronic Supplies: (Arduino, etc): $500
Assorted Hand Tools: $1000
Assorted Accesories (clamps, etc): $1000
Materials to Build Cabinets into Step Van: $1000
Materials for Electrical, Dust Collection in Van: $500
Licenses and Fees: $1000
Equipment Total: $49,810
If we are lucky enough to have any of these tools (or a comparable tool) donated then the equipment costs will be that much lower.
Operating Costs (all are first year estimates):
Insurance: $6,000 (we are working to get a more concrete cost, this is very much an estimate)
Project Supplies: $6,000
Vehicle Maintenance: $2,000
Staff Salaries: $50,000
Operating Costs Total: $67,000
First Year Costs (estimate): $116,810
Requested First Year Cushion Amount: $8,190
First Year Total (and Kickstarter amount): $125,000
We will be using the STE(A)M Truck Curriculum. It has been refined over more than three years of active education.
Risks and challenges
1. Acquiring the truck and trailer.
2. Acquiring the needed tools.
3. Securing instructors.
4. Establishing relationships with the school district, social groups, and community organizations.
1. Funding and/or donation from a local dealership.
2. Funding and/or donations from manufacturers and dealers.
3. Various instructors are available via local college students, professional organizations, local guilds, regional and national makers.
4. This will be addressed through PTA groups, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, local Civitan groups, and area social service organizations.
1. Failure to secure adequate funding for the annual operation.
2. Lack of interest.
1. Crowdfunding, tax-deductible donations, grants, and fundraising.
2. The public interest in Making is greater than ever and will only grow with time.
Pledge $500 and you will receive an invitation to our launch party in late Summer for up to 2 adults and 2 kids. You, or your company, will be listed as a Bronze Sponsor on the side of the WMM trailer and on our website. You will also receive a Bronze Sponsor framed certificate, 4 trucker hats, 4 t-shirts, and 5 stickers.
Pledge $1000 and you will receive an invitation to the 2018 fundraiser (up to 2 adults). You will receive an invitation for up to 2 adults and 2 kids to our Launch Party in late Summer. You, or your company will be listed on the WMM trailer and website as a Silver Sponsor. You will also receive a framed Silver Sponsor certificate, 10 trucker hats, 10 t-shirts, and 10 stickers.
Invitation to the 2018 Fundraiser (up to 2 adults)
Pledge $5000 and you will be one of only ten Founding Gold Sponsors. You will receive an invitation to the 2018 fundraiser (up to 2 adults) where you will be recognized for your support. You will receive an invitation to an exclusive Gold Sponsor event in late Summer. You, or your company, will be listed on the WMM truck and on the website as a Founding Sponsor. You will also receive a framed Gold Sponsor certificate, 10 trucker hats, 10 t-shirts, and 10 stickers.
Invitation to the 2018 Fundraiser (up to 2 adults)
Invitation to an Exclusive Gold Sponsor Event (late Summer)
Pledge $10,000 and you will be one of only 5 Founding Corporate Sponsors. You will receive an invitation to the 2018 fundraiser where your company will be recognized for your support (up to 6 adults). You will receive an invitation to an exclusive Founding Corporate Sponsor event in early Fall 2017. Your company's name and/or logo will be displayed on both the WMM truck and trailer as a Founding Corporate Sponsor as well as on our website. You will also receive a framed Founding Corporate Sponsor certificate, 10 trucker hats, 10 t-shirts, and 10 stickers.
Invitation to the 2018 Fundraiser (up to 6 adults)
Invitation to an Exclusive Founding Corporate Sponsor Event
Framed Founding Corporate Sponsor Certificate
Your Company's Name Displayed on the WMM Truck and Trailer