learn / 2020
Help ReDiscover Center establish one of the largest Youth Makerspace Facilities in the entire country!
Envision 4,000 sf of Kids Makerspace, specially designed to develop the creativity, collaboration skills, and ingenuity of LA County's youth - serving up to 75 "tinkerers" at once, establishing one of the largest facilities in the entire U.S. Our youth learn practical making (Building a Dog House! Design a Bookshelf!) to large-scale, highly imaginative creating (a 6' Squirrel Robot! A Unicorn Cart!) Your vote will put tools, confidence, and eco-awareness in our children's lives. Let's do this!
In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
- Central LA
- San Fernando Valley
- County of Los Angeles
In what stage of innovation is this project?Expand existing program
What is the need you’re responding to?
In too many schools, particularly in LAUSD, arts education has become a sad afterthought, and students are not gaining the STEAM skills necessary for full engagement with our increasingly knowledge-intensive, globally integrated and innovation-based economy. The vast majority of students go through their entire education without exposure to the shop classes utilized by previous generations to gain manual skills, resilience, and 3D reasoning. Most students graduate unable to safely use tools for even basic construction and repairs. Our unique ethos and methods have been incredibly effective at imparting STEM and STEAM lessons in an organic, intuitive way. We are responding to children’s needs to learn both how to DO and how to CREATE: How to learn the practical, the mathematical, and the common sense skills that come from, say, constructing a nightstand from scratch- to the sheer exhilaration that comes from creating something huge and fantastical.
Why is this project important to the work of your organization?
Since 2003, reDiscover Center has been providing hands-on creativity education programs to over 10,000 children per year in Los Angeles County. Based out of our current 2,000 sf kids makerspace in Venice, we engage children through camps, workshops, in-school programs, and community events throughout the Westside and beyond. Our programs combine large quantities of sustainable and reclaimed materials, like industrial offcuts, commercial discards, and recyclables, with real power tools like drills and saws, to create a tinkering environment where children can create projects as wild and vivid as their imaginations! With this expansion, we will reach and impact more youth, and become a regional anchor for parents and their children to learn to make and tinker. Our work will soar exponentially-and allow us to impact and change the lives of so many more deserving youth. We were one of the first independent kids’ makerspaces, and have been pioneers ever since!
Approximately how many people will be impacted by this proposal?
- Direct impact
- Indirect impact
Please describe the broader impact of your proposal.
reDiscover Center’s programs have always followed our mission to instill resiliency, creativity, and efficiency in our youth. We are not only developing skilled makers, we are preparing future leaders and thinkers- runners of thriving households, starters of essential companies, and beacons of light and environmental innovation in community volunteer groups and neighborhood and city councils alike. Our youth experience greater confidence, utilize practical skill sets, gain an increased interest in careers in STEM, develop a great sense of responsibility and awareness for the environment, change consumption habits, and increase their abilities to collaborate and problem solve-across differences. We’re creating the future citizens L.A. needs.
Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.
This expansion into a 4,000 sf makerspace facility will allow reDiscover to triple the number of youth served annually in our spring and summer intensive Tinkering Camp Programs, double the capacity to serve the youth in our Tinkering Club program, and allow us to expand the number of LAUSD school trips by 250%, as well as greatly expand our current outreach services to local parks and community festivals such as CicLAvia. In addition, we serve as a vital space for artists, teachers and parents to inexpensively purchase quantities of recycled and upcycled materials. With new materials processing and storage capacity, we can help to reduce LA’s carbon footprint while providing great maker and arts materials to the community. Our visiting schools can now send whole buses of students, train teachers, and gain access to our curriculum for in-school maker lessons. In addition to tripling our client capacity, we will be able to open a retail facility to sell tools, materials, maker resources, and serve as a gallery for youth artists. rDC participates in the California Cultural Data Project to track our impact in the community, including measures such as:
Children 18 and under attendance
Classes and workshops attendance
Number of temporary exhibitions
Number of exhibition openings
Number of off-site school programs Our vision is to facilitate 20,000 children per year as they learn to not simply to problem-solve, but expand upon their own solutions; not only to express creativity, but to become experienced makers and tinkerers-learning to design things with their own hands, making something real. Our youth become young adults who are unafraid to make their world a better place-and we literally give them the tools to do just that.
Which of the learn metrics will your submission impact?
- Arts education
- Enrollment in afterschool programs
- Proficiency in STEM
Are there any other LA2050 goal categories that your proposal will impact?
- LA is the best place to CREATE
- LA is the best place to PLAY
Which of LA2050’s resources will be of the most value to you?
- Host public events or gatherings
- Communications support
- Capacity, including staff
- Strategy assistance and implementation