VT MakerSchools:  Scaling Makerspaces in VT Secondary Schools

Vermont teachers, Generator is here to help!

Since 2015, Generator has provided hands-on, experiential STEAM opportunities to Vermont middle and high school students.

Over the past few years, the State’s demand for STEAM education and workforce development in manufacturing, fabrication, and innovative technology has increased significantly, creating a critical need for Vermont schools and educators to provide curriculum, tools, and technical support to foster career and college ready students.

Generator is proud to introduce our VT MakerSchools initiative to meet the needs of Vermont’s growing workforce.

About the Initiative

With support from Senator Leahy’s office, the USDoE provided funds for Generator to build out five makerspaces in five schools across the state. This three-year program is designed to support selected schools to develop, implement, and sustain makerspace programs for their local learning communities in order to meet the following goals:  

  1. Increase access to education in manufacturing, prototyping, fabrication, innovative technology, design-thinking, early-stage entrepreneurship, and workplace safety for rural Vermont middle and high schools
  2. Increase professional development training and support for Vermont educators in advanced technologies and manufacturing;
  3. Build pathways to post-secondary employment, training, and education for high school graduates by exposing them to career paths in emerging technologies, technical training, and connections to employers and local networks essential for advancement
  4. Provide greater access for rural communities to high-paying jobs in technical fields. 

We are looking for partner schools that want to create spaces where students learn through making. These schools understand that makerspaces are designed to build a community of learners that shares knowledge, thinks critically about complex problems, and designs creative solutions through experimentation and failure.

If your school is interested in becoming a VT MakerSchool, please complete and submit the following application. For questions about the application process please reach out to Veronica Newton.

This opportunity is available to middle school and high schools across the state. Application closes January 31, 2023.