Rec to Tech Meeting at White House OSTP

Hey All. Here’s a brief recap of the meeting I went to yesterday…questions and feedback welcome.

“Creativity and talent is everywhere. Opportunity is not.”

Rec programs coordinate to increase access to tools and tech.

Why rec programs?

  1. They have established communities
  2. They are funded (in part) by their cities and poised to share resources
  3. They are safe spaces for informal STEM learning

How might we get there from here?

  1. MULTIPLE SPACES. It’s important to have many spaces because that fosters inclusion. Centralized space doesn’t work.
  2. COORDINATE. Each space would do well to assess their strengths, their needs, and find ways to share some resources with other spaces (partnering on grants, on story-telling, on staffing, on programs)
  3. THINK BIG. START SMALL. Figure out where we are and where we want to be in the short, medium, and long term.
  4. LIBRARY BRANCH MODEL. Does this model work for community and also for operations?
  5. ADULTS TOO. This isn’t just for kids. Work readiness or entrepreneurship are important goals for adult learners.

cc @Elliot_Wells @ChrisW @Claire_Fox @jenn @Gregory_Armstrong


-we get approached by a lot of groups and individuals looking for programming
-pool of contract instructors
-pool of volunteers-mentors
-volunteer board handles basic operations
-great location
-laser cutter
-generates some revenue through membership, space rental, and programming
-national recognition


-maintenance staff
-tools repair
-blogger intern
-funding for maintenance staff and tools upgrade

-tools upgrade
-space upgrade
-ventilation upgrade
-space expansion

-educator training
-online project library (blueprint)

  • your ideas here

We are on page 14 of this press release:

cc @vicatcu

Head’s up - maker movement included in Hillary’s agenda @jenn @Claire_Fox @petmar