Matt’s Maker Space is a place where kids can explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) through experiential and hands-on learning. This 501C3 nonprofit provides opportunities for kids to create and collaborate in a safe and judgment-free environment.

Matt’s Maker Space was started by the Conover family in memory of their son, Matt, who loved technology, creating and tinkering. He passed away from cancer at the age of 12. Now 16 years later, the family has established this nonprofit to fund maker spaces, provide maker programming and scholarship youths who have the same interests.

There is a Matt’s Maker Space in each of the seven Mt. Lebanon elementary schools, the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and several more planned for 2018. Each maker space is as unique as the students in the school. Each space is given a budget and they prepare their own design for the space and order their own equipment. Matt’s Maker Space partners with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh as their design and training partner bringing the best to the recipients in the field of making.

It is the desire of Matt’s Maker Space to provide maker spaces for schools, libraries or community centers who cannot otherwise afford to have a maker space. An application process is being developed to kick off in 2019 to award a maker space each year with the Board of Directors selecting the recipient.

Matt lost his courageous battle with cancer but his memory lives on in places where children can realize their hopes and dreams. We hope that you would like to be a part of the dream. Visit us at www.mattsmakerspace.org to see how you can help!

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