Mixxer Community Makerspace
STEAM Education Experiences
1375 North Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Looking for something exciting for your 6th – 12th grader this summer? Mixxer Community Makerspace is offering 8 STEAM Education Experiences between June and August. Mixxer STEAM Experiences are led by professional educators, and some of them are also Architects and Engineers! They have a variety of subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to choose from:
- Fashion Design
- Video Game Design
- Urban Design (grades 9 – 12)
- Design with Nature (grades 9 – 12)
- Book/Print Making
- Model Rockets 1 & 2
Camps are scheduled between June 14 and August 7. Some of these camps are almost sold out, but there are still spaces left, if you hurry.
Mixxer Community Makerspace has been doing summer education programs since 2018, and they get better each year. This year they introduced their Equitable Access Initiative, which connects donations from sponsors to offer very low-cost access for students living in communities that are often left out of quality education programs. This program also uses those funds to provide lunch for every student as well as all supplies each student will need during their program.
Individual donors and organizations like Allegacy Federal Credit Union, and The Ginther Group of Keller Williams support Mixxer’s Equitable Access Initiative for all of the programs. Then there is the generous donations by local architecture firm Stitch Design Shop, along with funding from Winston-Salem AIA, and a grant from the NC chapter provided low-cost access ($25) for 15 students in the Urban Design camp, called Pop Up Winston-Salem. A generous grant from The Crabtree Family Foundation makes it possible for all 15 spots in Design with Nature to be offered for $25.
Pop Up Winston-Salem and Design with Nature are both offered as a collaboration with Community Design Studio to bring their Leadership by Design™ series to Mixxer. Local Architect, Lauren Frye, and Educator/Engineer, Elise Barrella, have developed LbD™ to teach high school students design skills while exposing them to real world challenges that communities face. You can learn more about Community Design Studio at communitydesignstudio.org.
Fashion Design and Book/Print Making are offered as a collaboration with Collective Arts, a local enterprise focused on increasing the creative confidence of the people they serve. Co-founders Maddy and Katie are experts in bringing out the creativity in students of all ages. You can learn more about Collective Arts at collectiveartsws.com.
Electronics/Coding and Video Game Design are offered in collaboration with Mike Renne, founder of Triad Youth Makers. Mike has been teaching students for years, as well as teaching teachers how to teach technology to students in grades 1 – 12.
Mixxer is also offering 2 Model Rockets courses, each lasting for 4-days. Founder of WSFC Hackers and Makers, David Draper, loves model rockets almost as much as he loves teaching students how they work. David has been teaching Applied Science to advanced students for over a decade in the public school system.
Mixxer has a goal to double their STEAM Education Experiences each year. Staring in 2020, Mixxer held 3 of the 4 scheduled programs. We all know why the fourth one had to be cancelled – Thanks Covid. Mixxer is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of all students in their 8 programs for 2021, as well as the safety of members that use Mixxer daily. They will be holding 16 STEAM Experiences in 2022, so if you are looking for something specific, just reach out to them and let them know. They are continuing to recruit new educators to expand their offerings to the public.
If you would like to learn more about Mixxer Community Makerspace, how you or you and your family can become members, there are a few ways to do that. Best option – Stop by for a visit. They are open for tours Wednesday – Saturday from noon to 8pm. (Members have access every day except Monday). Visit their website at wsmixxer.org, or give them a call at 336.265.7362.
Mixxer Community Makerspace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to make Tech, Tools, and Community accessible. Anyone can become a member, and they will teach you how to use any of their fabulous tools in the various shops, including the Tech Lab, Wood Shop, Metal Shop, Sewing Shop. They also offer workshops open to everyone so you can learn how to make something for yourself or to give as a gift. Be sure to subscribe to their social media channels to see the things that people from all over the Triad are making at Mixxer. You’ll be amazed at the things people make there. You could also amaze yourself as you learn how to make things at Mixxer.
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