play / 2015

T4T.org’s Mobile Makers Space with ReImagined Resources

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by T4T.org

T4T.org’s Pop-Up Makers’ Spaces using ReImagined Resources will arrive in some of LA’s most underserved communities. On a Saturday or Sunday morning a truck will pull up, drop down the sides, set up the tables and future inventors, scientists and researchers, from the local community go to work. These children are welcome to create, build and experiment. We will bring Laser cutters, 3D Printers and more, all the tools these young inventors need to realize what their imagination can inspire.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles
  • Parks, community centers and Title 1 Schools in LA County.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Mobilize for systems change

How will your proposal improve the following “Play” metrics?

  • Access to open space and park facilities
  • Residents within 1⁄4 mile of a park (Dream Metric)
  • Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities (Dream Metric)
  • Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to play.

Our T4T.org traveling Makers Space will be filled with ReImagined Resources! The items we carry are being discarded by local manufacturers and would be headed for Landfill if we didn’t exist. Having a traveling Makers Space allows us to bring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Education to communities were this has only been a dream. We will have pop-up Makers Space in Parks and School-yards around Los Angeles focusing our efforts in neighborhoods with Title 1 Schools with more than 90% free and reduces lunch programs. We wont necessarily be doing this on the school yard exclusively it will simply be the way we identify the communities on our calendar. We will have Saturday and Sunday pop-up Makers Spaces in some of the most unlikely spots around town!

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

We will conduct pre-then-post surveys with everyone who participates. Parents, young inventors, anyone who takes place will be asked to answer a few basic questions when they arrive about their level of interest in STEAM activities and then they will answer the same questions as they complete their invention. These findings will be compared to similar surveys we do in schools that have T4T.org inspired project based learning and the combined data will be available to schools, press and the educational community at large through open access data banks and research servers.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research