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Preparing Aspiring Educators for Modern K-12 STEM Classrooms

Immerse yourself in modern teaching methods related to K-12 STEM and maker education in Point Park University's Matt's Maker Space Lab.

Located in Academic Hall 716, Point Park's maker space lab is a vibrant workshop designed to facilitate hands-on, collaborative learning experiences, featuring a variety of high-tech and low-tech tools. Modeled after real-world maker spaces popping up at educational institutions around the world, this classroom is an engaging tool used to best prepare our pre-service teachers to enter the classroom as certified teachers. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM professions are expected to grow 8.8% in the next 10 years. Pittsburgh is emerging as a national leader in STEM-centered maker space education. At Point Park, students have the opportunity to build their STEM teaching skills by using maker space education to integrate STEM concepts throughout interdisciplinary curriculum. 

Point Park's maker space lab features:

  • 3D printer
  • Virtual reality goggles
  • Green screen production kit
  • K'NEX
  • littleBits kits
  • MaKey MaKey kits
  • Modular Robotics Cubelets
  • Sphero robots
  • GoldieBlox project kits
  • KEVA Planks
  • Wonder Workshop Cue Robot
  • Strawbees School Kit
 
"Maker spaces are becoming more popular in elementary schools across the country. I love having one on campus because the experience I get from working in the maker space prepares me to use it in the most optimal way with my students in the future."
– Sophie Jebose '23, elementary education major

 

Our Community Partners

Point Park's Matt's Maker Space Lab is part of the regional Making It Happen in Makerspaces program, which includes several Pittsburgh partners:
Additionally, Point Park received $281,830 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the School of Education's “Transforming Integrative Makerspace Education for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Pre-Service Teachers” program. Our community partners on the grant include:

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