Funding the Maker Space
One of the biggest questions we get is, "Where do you get the money for all of this stuff?!" The answer is that we have made some amazing connections and partnerships that help us fund the making experience. Read about some of our funding sources below.
2015-2016 IPEF Grant
During the 2015-2016 school year, the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation granted the Waubonsie Valley Library Media Center $3,000 to help get our Maker Space off the ground. The grant was sought out by Library Media Center Director, Kristen Mattson. In their congratulatory letter, the grant committee wrote, "This project presents an exceptional opportunity to increase student exploration of individual interests via hands-on activities encompassing STEM and the arts. We are sure that they will benefit from the opportunity to practice their 21st Century learning skills outside the context of a traditional classroom."
The IPEF Grant paid for:
2015-2016 MakerLab Club Grant
During the 2015-2016 school year, "3D Systems, in collaboration with the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)" granted the Waubonsie Valley Library Media Center approximately $3600 worth of 3D printing equipment. The grant was sought out by LMC Director, Kristen Mattson.
"The MakerLab Club is committed to expanding public access to 21st century tools like 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D printing.To do this, we have launched the MakerLab Club (MLC), a community of libraries and museums that will advance 3D digital literacy by bringing 3D printers, 3D printing programs, workshops and access to students, adults, educators, schools and non-profits."
The MakerLab Club grant provided:
2015-2016 WVHS PTA Grant
In order to promote collaboration, group brainstorming, and productivity, the Waubonsie Valley Parent Teacher Association granted the WV Library Media Center $1800 for the purchase of a media table and monitor. The media table allows students to project their computer screen onto a large monitor for group collaboration. This grant was sought out by LMC Director, Kristen Mattson.
The WVHS PTA grant provided: