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East End School’s New Makerspace Ideal for Young Inventors

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East End School’s New Makerspace Ideal for Young Inventors
Posted on 04/13/2016
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East End Community School (EECS) is excited to announce the opening of a new Makerspace in the library. A makerspace is a DIY space where students can gather to create, invent, and learn.

Students in the school’s innovative Rise and Shine program will be able to tinker with materials and solve problems collaboratively using 21st century tools and technology.

Makerspaces typically have 3D printers, software and hardware supplies, tools and more. Thanks to the Portland Education Foundation (PEF), the school was able to purchase a 3D printer for students to use in the EECS Makerspace. Students are using the 3D printer to create a miniature model of the layout of their Makerspace.

Rise and Shine is EECS’ extended-learning engagement model that began about five years ago. Students in grades 3-5 choose from more than 80 engagement opportunities facilitated by staff, parents and community volunteers.

PEF is an independent nonprofit organization committed to raising philanthropic support to enhance education in the Portland Public Schools. For more information, visit www.pefmaine.org.

EECS makerspace with kids