create / 2016

Are the Robbin Hoods of Rubbish arriving in your neighborhood park?

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

We are the Robbin Hoods of Rubbish, using manufacturers clean waste to inspire the next generation of Scientists, Technology experts, Engineers, Artists, and Mathematicians.


Please describe your project proposal.

T4T.org’s Pop-Up Makers’ Space will arrive in some of LA’s most underserved communities on a Saturday or Sunday. Our truck will pull up, drop down the sides, and set up the tables. Then, 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 all the tools these young inventors need to realize whatever they can imagine.

Which of the create metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Arts establishments
  • Manufacturing activity
  • Employment in the creative industries

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

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • San Fernando Valley
  • South LA
  • Antelope Valley
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to create?

Our T4T.org traveling Makers Space will be filled with ReImagined Resources that will fill the truck and the imaginations of the young inventors who show up! The items we carry are colorful, open-ended materials 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 80% free and reduces lunch programs. We wouldn’t be doing this on school-yards 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 define and measure success for your project.​

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

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

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Quality improvement research