More tinkering for tykes
FutureMakers coach Bryan Collins draws a diagram for the Digital Harbor Foundation's Nano Lab, which provides hands-on technical learning experiences for children in first through eighth grade. (The Daily Record/Lizzy McLellan)

More tinkering for tykes

At Digital Harbor Foundation, elementary age children can now tinker for a more manageable price.

The DHF Tech Center in Federal Hill has always offered its teen programs for zero tuition. But the organization announced Tuesday that its young children programs will now be available on a “pay-what-you-can” basis.

The maker programs for young children are staffed through a partnership with FutureMakers, which sends maker coaches to the tech center. The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation has agreed to help fund that partnership, providing just under $50,000 to DHF.

The Nano Lab previously had scholarships available, but few families took advantage, said Andrew Coy, executive director and co-founder of DHF. He hopes that the new model will make Nano Lab accessible to more families.

With the new model, the Foundation website suggests a donation of $75 for each month-long, weekly program, but families ultimately can decide how much to pay.

The Deutsch donation is the first grant awarded to DHF’s elementary age programs. The teenage program has benefited from numerous business and individual donations.

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