The maker space is dedicated to Mark Twain students during the school year, but the building could open to middle and high school students over the summer for organized STEM projects, Keeton said.
“This kind of ‘I can do it’ mentality is what we try to create a context for,” he said. “We don’t do (the work) for them. We let them make lots of mistakes. Learning to come back from those mistakes is incredibly important to us.”
The learning center also creates the opportunity for parents to participate in classes with their children, said Joe Rossow, executive vice president of operations for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
Rossow said the foundation hopes to establish more maker spaces in the Oklahoma City school district and in other states. Incorporating adults creates a unique “school-to-home connection” for student learning.