KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An unlikely old muffler shop is transforming into a space to springboard Kansas City teenagers to a brighter future.
Operation Breakthrough is extending its after-school STEM programming to high schoolers beginning this fall with help from the Eighty-Seven and Running Foundation.
The Ignition Lab will serve kids ages 14 to 18 who have aged out of the organization’s programs for younger children.
Students will be able to build upon coding, circuitry, culinary arts, construction and design, digital media, robotics, visual art and other skills they learned in Operation Breakthrough’s MakerCity and MakerSpace programs.
The Ignition Lab will also prepare teens for life after school, with focuses on workforce development, entrepreneurship and other pathways.
“We are excited to close the opportunity gap in STEM. Helping our children explore a variety of different…