What is the Mobile Makerspace?

The Mobile Makerspace is a traveling event that engages with students in out-of-school settings, providing equitable access to experiential STEAM learning. Throughout Linn and Benton counties, the Mobile Makerspace is visiting libraries and other community-based organizations with fun, engaging hands-on activities that are free to all participants.

Each month brings a new exciting learning opportunity for participants of the Mobile Makerspace. Events include a brief lesson on the topic of the month and then participation in a variety of hands-on activities. Participants are even able to make projects to take home with them at the end of the events.

Looking for upcoming Mobile Makerspace events?

Visit the event calendar

Developing a "Maker Mindset"

Why should your student participate in Mobile Makerspace events? It’s simple! Research supports that hands-on learning through making is a great way for learners to build confidence in their ability to creatively tackle complex, open-ended problems in their lives and the world, aka a maker mindset. Helping students develop a maker mindset sets students up to become:

  • Explorers
  • More empathetic 
  • Divergent thinkers
  • Creative problem solvers
  • Confident learners

And so much more!  Explore the maker mindset concept further with hands-on learning pioneer, John Spencer.

Examples of Past Activities:

  • Creating and building a board game
  • Examining solar energy with solar bug toys
  • Learning about magnets
  • Fabricating mosaic designs
  • Discovering oceanography
  • Exploring chemistry with elephant toothpaste and slime
  • Intro to stop-motion animation

***Note: Participants may be subject to being photographed and/or videotaped while participating in the Mobile Makerspace. These photos and videos are used to communicate with our grant funders, as well as to share about our work on our website and social media. ***