WENY News - Wings of Eagles Discovery Center receives grant to start "Makers

Wings of Eagles Discovery Center receives grant to start "Makerspace Program"

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BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Wings of Eagles Discovery Center has been awarded a five-thousand-dollar grant from the Dominion Charitable Foundation to create the center's makerspace program.

"So we really want to give people the opportunity to work with this technology that they might not have access to in other places," said Wings of Eagles Discovery Center Director of Education, Nicole Burt.

The program will be housed in the center's Mission Control room and will provide a wide variety of activities ranging from building robotics, to arts and crafts. 

"I'm a school teacher too, so makerspaces are kind of becoming a thing in local classrooms," said Burt. "So we wanted to offer it for outside of the classroom space. So on the weekend, kids can come here during the summer time, or adults that might not be linked to a school could come and use a space like this."

The goal of the program to provide the Twin Tiers  with hands-on and interactive way to engage them in the study of science, technology, engineering and math subjects. 

So they believe this new makerspace will add on to the programs they already offer while having the space be completely mobile. 

"So right now we do stuff out in classrooms and some of these activities can actually go out to the classroom and actually be used in school settings," said Burt. "Also, because our makerspace is in our mission control, we also do other activities inside the classroom space. So we'll be able to pack it up and move it from space to space as needed."

The makerspace is set to be up and running by this spring. 

Anyone who buys admission into the center will be allowed to use the makerspace. 

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