Photos: Jenifer Howard
MakeInspires, the innovative STEAM makerspaces that deliver renowned STEAM programs for K-12 and adults, is thrilled to announce the opening of its first New York City MakeInspires Makerspace at 1642 York Avenue on the upper east side. This is MakeInspires third New York City metro area location and the first in New York City. MakeInspires NYC opens with an open house and tours of the new location September 19-22 and September 25-29, and a grand opening party on September 23, 2023, with festivities for parents and children from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., and for adults from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Reservations are required and available at makeinspires.com (click on Classes then UES Open House to select the day/time or the Grand Opening Party). Programs and classes open to the public on September 26, 2023.
“The MakeInspires STEAM makerspace is for inventions large and small and empowers everyone to unleash their creativity,” said Travis Sluss, CEO and founder of MakeInspires. “We are so excited to bring our innovative STEAM programming to K-12 children and adults in New York City with our new MakeInspires makerspace and we can’t wait to introduce MakeInspires to New York City.”
MakeInspires NYC offers numerous STEAM after school programs and courses, ranging from circuits, Scratch coding, Minecraft, game development, Python coding, website coding and design, microcontrollers, a girls’ coding club, fashion technology, Arduino computing, 3D printing and animation, Maglev transportation, digital photography, digital music, stop motion animation, video production and filmmaking, music with GarageBand, Robotics, NumberNook play-powered math, Lego Mindstorms and more!
Special events and workshops encompass additional STEAM projects such as creating LED bracelets or magic wands, the science of slime, intro to Scratch coding, Intro to Dash Robotics, Kerbal space program, EVE cars or artbots, stomp rockets, intro to TinkerCAD 3D design, an earthquake build challenge, toothpick towers, video production and filmmaking, stop motion animation, making music with GarageBand and TinkerCAD geometry design work.
There are even school day programs where MakeInspires offers school STEAM field trips and will also bring a semester-long course directly to area schools. MakeInspires staff is also well-known for providing STEAM professional development and consultation to schools and organizations interested in starting their own makerspace, innovation lab or just wanting to take their STEAM experience to the next level. The MakeInspires NYC location is also available to rent out for parties and corporate team-building events.
“In addition to our highly sought-after STEAM programs, classes and workshops, the NYC MakeInspires location will feature interactive areas where the K-12 kids participating in our programs can contribute to the design,” noted Travis Sluss. “We are very excited about the CNC milled 16-foot forest wall that features circuit board trees and 3D printed stars that each child can add to create a night sky. The breadboard climbing wall has handholds made out of electronic components and leads up to a tree house that has interactive lighting and a sculpture chandelier made out of parts from our makerspace projects. There is also a mini children’s science museum in addition to the makerspace with interactive walls and exhibits. There is nothing else like it and it’s all very hands-on and fun!”
The MakeInspires NYC location also features classrooms named after inspiring women in science, technology, engineering and math, like the Catherine Johnson room, named after the American mathematician who worked with NASA and was critical to the success of the first U.S. crewed spaceflights; the Jane Goodall room, named after the English primatologist and anthropologist considered the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees; and the Limor Fried room, named after Fried who is a New York City icon, electrical engineer and founder of Adafruit.
Also new for MakeInspires is a first-of-its-kind retail area where items designed and made in the makerspace will be available to purchase – with all of the proceeds going to help fund MakInspires scholarships to help those who need support to participate in the MakeInspires programs and classes.
The MakeInspires NYC location joins two other MakeInspires in Chappaqua and Mamaroneck, New York. Those two popular locations serve thousands of K-12 students and STEAM-focused adults by providing them with life-changing opportunities to experience science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
To learn more about the NEW MakeInspires NYC, visit makeinspires.com.
Established in 2011, MakeInspires, originally named MacInspires, was a nod to the transformative potential of technology, particularly Apple products, which empower in diverse ways. This name pays homage to Apple’s historical role in enabling everyday individuals to craft graphic art, music, video and beyond. In 2022, MacInspires evolved into MakeInspires – a name that precisely captures the essence of what MakeInspires does. MakeInspires cultivates makers, individuals who shape society by crafting impactful creations that impact many facets of life. MakeInspires locations in Chappaqua, Mamaroneck and New York City are all STEM.org accredited educational experiences. To learn more, sign up for a class or workshop, visit makeinspires.com; to be inspired by the projects and inventions created at MakeInspires, follow the MakeInspires blog at makeinspires.com/blog or on Instagram or YouTube @MakeInspires.