Last year, Infinite Energy was so excited about a project proposal at Gwinnett County’s Mill Creek High School, we gave them a $14,000 grant to help make the idea a reality.
The money helped buy equipment for the school’s EPIC Makerspace, a classroom workspace set up for student projects in engineering and entrepreneurship.
Students did so well building prototypes and learning to market their inventions, we decided to give them another $8,000 at the start of this year to buy more 3D printers and a CNC routing machine.
We recently caught up with Mill Creek engineering teacher Kelly D, and she says the Makerspace has been popular with students.
“Our EPIC program has grown with our freshmen class nearly double the size of our sophomore class,” she said. “The Makerspace is one of the elements we believe attracts students to our program. It allows them to really explore and discover their personal interests.”
The school’s robotics team also uses the Makerspace, she said, and she believes it’s the reason the team has grown over the last year.
“We can’t wait to see what the team can do with this technology.”
The Makerspace—and the EPIC program in general—encourages students to get hands-on learning in engineering and technology, Kelly said. It helps students learn to solve problems while working together. And the program, which is cross-curicular, strengthens learning in language arts, math and science.
Kelly said educators at Mill Creek feel the program improves student performance and will boost graduation rates.
“We believe EPIC engages students who need a different learning style, and we also use it to develop career readiness skills. The Makerspace is a key piece to engaging the students and building those skills.”
As a company that supports childhood learning in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM), Infinite Energy is thrilled to have been able to play a part in the success of Mill Creek’s Epic Makerspace. We look forward to hearing more great things out of this school in the near future.