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Empowering through doing, Gizmo-CDA, Coeur d’ Alene’s Makerspace, builds creative confidence and curiosity through programs that give all people, regardless of their economic ability, access to mentors, tools, and technology.
Part of our focus is the youth who are in the North Idaho Schools. Idaho ranks 47th in the country in education. Even more appalling, we rank 50th in spending. In our school district, 45% of the kids are on free lunch which is how the poverty level is determined. That means as you walk down the street in Coeur d' Alene, almost every other child that you see is living in poverty! Many students drop out or graduate underdeveloped and unemployable because they have made it through a broken system. And with all of this comes a lack of access to technology.
The Gizmo community recognizes that it will take efforts from programs outside of the existing educational definitions to help augment the educational opportunities available. Every student needs access to tools, knowledge and problem solving skills. Students need to be creatively engaged in learning opportunities that will help prepare them for a complex world. They need to be empowered to use their creativity to ask questions, continually learning and to solve problems.
Gizmo-CDA is a space where a person has access to mentors and tools and can become empowered by mastering that which they have not done before. Having access to tools that are outside the normal equipment available creates a valuable place for experimentation and development of new products. It changes what is possible.
Gizmo-CDA has been recognized through Coeur d' Alene's vision process as the lead in creating a makerspace. The visioning process has also identified Gizmo-CDA as the lead partner in lifelong learning opportunities as well as Gizmo being key for achieving educational excellence, innovation and entrepreneurialism. We are dedicated to meeting those challenges.
- Barb Mueller
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