Michigan Makers after-school program

Michigan Makers is an after-school program that helps students engage with technology through tinkering and creating, while promoting group work and peer mentoring.

In the 2013-2014 school year, Michigan Makers conducted weekly sessions at two area schools, Mitchell Elementary in Ann Arbor and the Ypsilanti Community Middle School.

Michigan Makers has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Quick Wins grant from the University of Michigan Third Century Fund,and the School of Information’s Founders Fund.

View the Michigan Makers Flickrstream.

Michigan Makers introduced its program in 2012 in partnership with the library program at East Middle School in Canton, Michigan,  where UMSI alum Rachel Goldberg is the librarian. Focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/aesthetics, and mathematics), approximately 40 middle schoolers and 8 graduate students met weekly to learn programming, prototyping, game design, paper crafts, comics, sewing, and other "maker" activities. This project was funded by a 2012 MACUL grant.

Read more about other Michigan Makers projects.