Baltimore now has a mobile maker space.
Open Works, Maryland Institute College of Art and the Neighborhood Design Center unveiled Open Works Mobile.
The custom-fabricated van, which includes cart systems, shelves and cabinets with tools and fabrication technology designed for small hands, will provide “STEM to Maker” education programming for city school students from kindergarten to 12th grade, according to a news release.
“Over the course of planning our youth education programming, we’ve spent a lot of time in schools. Teachers have been uniformly excited about the idea of Open Works, particularly in ways it could expand opportunity for their students, but they knew it would be a significant challenge to get to us,” said Will Holman, Open Works’ general manager. “Open Works Mobile is an impressive workshop on wheels designed to be an extension of our bricks and mortar space. We see it as a powerful tool to catalyze teachers around a hands-on way of teaching, and encourage kids to find their inner maker.”