STEM Maker Passes Now Available at Your Public Library and the Bookmobile!

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The Library System of Lancaster County has officially launched a new partnership with Lancaster-based make717 Innovation Center resources.   The launch event took place on October 21 at the make717 Innovation Center located at the Branch Campus of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.  The partnership between the Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the make717 Innovation Center, is being funded by a federal LSTA (Library Services Technology Act) grant in the amount of $48,970.

The goals of this new partnership entitled STEM Maker Pass are to help generate an educated workforce; to increase local students’ 21st century skills and to provide a technical educational resource for young learners, high school students, post-graduates, residents who may be underemployed or seeking to improve their current job status.  The make717 Innovation Center is a well-equipped facility where independent project-based learning can happen.  With the current emphasis on STEM (STEM: Science, Technology, Electronics and Math) learning, this initiative will be a valuable resource for the public to increase skill in those areas.

The Lancaster-based make717 Innovation Center is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of makers and educators including:  Bruce Schreiner who teaches at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Ben Eisemann, a Network Technician at Lancaster Bible College.

Make717 co-founder, Bruce Schreiner, realizes the value of this partnership by saying, “I am excited for the start of the STEM Maker Pass program. Because of the cooperation of the Library System of Lancaster County and make717, our organizations are able to offer the opportunity for so many people to freely experience learning by tackling creative projects of their own design.  There are so many resources available including equipment, personal interaction, and online training that you could occupy yourself for a lifetime.  Come and experience the great feeling of learning and accomplishing real projects while interacting with others.”

Co-Founder, Ben Eisemann, is also very excited about the partnership as a new venture, “I am excited to partner with the Lancaster County Libraries to bring the excitement of DIY and the maker movement to everyone in the community.  I can’t wait to see what people make!”

The grant-funded initiative entitled Lancaster Libraries Maker Toolbox has a number of components that will highlight the public libraries as a reliable educational resource for STEM.  The Public Libraries and the Bookmobile will loan STEM Maker passes for use at the make717 Innovation Center.  These passes will allow library patrons to visit the facility where they will learn how to use hi-tech equipment and have access to a variety of commercial and open source software.

In addition to the STEM Maker Passes, involvement of local public libraries and the bookmobile will include STEM workshops and trainings; Library Maker Faires and new collection items in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

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This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

About make717 Innovation Center
make717 is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers since October of 2015.  It is a social enterprise business housed in a 2,000+ square-foot facility located on the campus of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology that is provided and maintained by the College. This allows the makerspace to be affordable and available to the community. Students, families, and service veterans have discounted membership opportunities. Tools and equipment are used to engage in project-based independent learning and making that fulfills one’s creative ideas. make717 provides resources like orientations, workshops, online training content, computers, and software applications to assist with learning.