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.
Matt’s Maker Space has been a 501(c)3 for four years. In that time, they have donated over $1 million in spaces and teacher training. They recently opened their 29th space with four more planned for 2022. Matt’s Maker Spaces are in libraries, hospitals, preschools, middle schools, high schools and universities. Each space is given a budget and prepares their own design, 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. In addition, Matt’s Maker Space is part of the two year Maker Ed “making Spaces” project, acting as a hub with partner, New Castle Area School District to bring maker expertise and guidance to maker spaces in our community.
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. Applicants for maker spaces can contact us at mattmakerspace.org.
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!