Release Date: 03.18.2014 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Blank Family Foundation Awards Grant to Atlanta's First Mobile Makerspace
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a $63,000 grant to Community Guilds to launch Atlanta’s first mobile makerspace.
The mobile workshop, STE(A)M Truck, will be outfitted with the tools and equipment necessary to conduct makerspace programs at area schools, recreation centers and other community sites. STE(A)M Truck will serve as a visioning space, innovative design studio and work station for maker programming. Maker activities will include electronics, woodworking and textiles.
Community Guilds is a nonprofit organization committed to closing the opportunity gap and achievement gap in public education. Community Guilds delivers hands-on apprenticeships and a 21st century mobile shop class to urban youth. It uses the design thinking process and maker concepts to instill grit and perseverance, creativity and innovation, and teamwork and collaboration.
“STE(A)M Truck is bringing hands-on science, technology, arts and mathematics programming to thousands of Atlanta young people,” said John Bare, vice president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “STE(A)M Truck is providing makerspace experiences to students who would otherwise miss out on this critical resource.”
As part of its investment in the maker movement, Blank Family Foundation is sponsoring Makers Village, an interactive exhibit at the Atlanta Science Festival’s Exploration Expo, scheduled for March 29 at Centennial Park. STE(A)M Truck and other local maker programs will be on hand for the Expo.
Also, Blank Family Foundation is partnering with the producers of a documentary film about the maker movement, If You Build It, to promote maker innovations in Georgia. The film documents a year in the life of one of America's most innovative classrooms, where students design & build to transform their hometown community
About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to improve the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons. Mr. Blank co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001. Through the foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $250 million to various charitable organizations. Visit the Foundation web site for more information at www.BlankFoundation.org.
Contact Name: John Bare
Company: The Arthur M. Blank Familiy Foundation
Phone: (404) 367-0262