MakeInspires: STEAM Education Programs
Back-to-school season also means figuring out after-school and enrichment activities for the kids. One new educational program coming to Chappaqua is MakeInspires. Focused on STEAM education, MakeInspires offers programs for grades K-12 (as well as adults) based out of their Makerspaces.
This includes classes such creating video games, minecraft coding, robotics, 3D printing, and even a class on how to become a YouTube star! Check out more from Travis Sluss, the founder of MakeInspires, and what you can expect at the new Chappaqua location.
Westchester Family: How did the idea for MakeInspires come about?
Travis Sluss of MakeInspires: I come from a creative background, in music and film production, and got an early start in NYC recording studios during high school. My peers were interested in learning so I started teaching all the way back in high school.
MakeInspires, originally called MacInspires, was founded in 2011. Back then we helped people with all of their technology needs. Over the course of a few years we realized STEAM Education is immensely fun and rewarding. In 2017, we became solely a STEAM Education company. We then changed our stores to Makerspaces.
Westchester Family: Why do you think STEAM education so important for kids?
Travis Sluss of MakeInspires: With MakeInspires, students explore technologies and industries at the forefront of the future while cultivating their computational reasoning, critical thinking and creativity. MakeInspires mission is to inspire for life long learning through STEAM education, no matter the experience level. In other words, we make education fun, helping students figure out what they want to do with their futures.
Westchester Family: Tell us more about your new Chappaqua location and your Mamaroneck location.
Travis Sluss of MakeInspires: We are excited to be joining the Chappaqua community, we have been a fan on the village’s STEM initiatives for years and have had some amazing students traveling from Chappaqua to our old location in Greenwich. The Chappaqua Makerspace can be used as a single large classroom or divided with an expandable wall into two separate classrooms. This will include 3D printers, robots, a laser cutter, electronic components, sewing machines and much more. Mamaroneck is our headquarters, complete with five classroom and a fabrication lab.
Westchester Family: Tell us more about some of your classes for fall.
Travis Sluss of MakeInspires: Our classes range from Fashion Technology to Scratch Coding, Monday through Friday after school as well as on Saturdays. Sundays are left for STEAM Birthday Parties. Our Chappaqua location includes over 10 offerings, such as Become a YouTube Star, Fashion Technology, Intro to Robotics & Coding, and more! You can find more information and how to sign up on our website’s schedule.
Westchester Family: What else can kids expect at MakeInspires?
MakeInspires: One of MakeInspires goal is to help student’s find their passions, we expect to plant seeds inspiring students to continue learning with us and at home.
Westchester Family: Anything else to add?
Travis Sluss of MakeInspires: The ribbon cutting ceremony on September, 16th at 3:00pm. We will be offering tours after.
75 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514
Check out more about MakeInspires here.