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LA Makerspace needs 3D Printers, a Laser Cutter, and Open Project Time for Members to Innovate.
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Teaching Science and Tech at Libraries Across LA

Posted by Tara Tiger Brown (Creator)

Hello LA Makerspace Supporters,

If you are on our mailing list, read our blog, follow us on Twitter and Facebook then you are most likely all caught up on the last two years since you backed this Kickstarter. For those that aren't, here's a recap:

We moved into a space in downtown LA. People from all over SoCal came to take workshops, make cosplay costumes, prototype with the 3D printers, make evil robots, play Minecraft, team up to make beautiful wearable creations, music and so much more.

After a year at the space we realized a few things: it wasn't the best location for our community, too much money was going towards rent and we wanted to provide these learning opportunities to people regardless of income.

In September 2013 we moved out, dropped the membership model and started running workshops at LA Public Library branches for free. We also started talks to move into a space in Koreatown (more on that in the new year). 

Our goal right now is to scale our offerings by providing professional development to LA Public Library librarians at 40 branches to learn how to run workshops in electronics, robotics, 3D printing, Scratch, citizen science and Minecraft. For free. These workshops are available to all age groups as we still believe in being kid friendly not kid only.

More than 30% of adults and teens in LA rely on libraries to access computers and the internet. 90% of 8th graders in LAUSD test below proficient in science and 82% in math. It's staggering and we aim to help fix this.

We are running a Kickstarter campaign so we can run more workshops in 2015 for librarians and offer free curriculum and training guides for anyone to use (including parents and educators).

Here's the Kickstarter link. We have 9 days and just under $3k to go. The Pando Daily just wrote a nice piece about the campaign.

If you are able to contribute and/or share it would be very appreciated. 

Thank you for all of your support these past couple of years! 

Tara Tiger Brown
Chief Encouragement Officer

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