Triad Youth Makers inspires children & families through play, tinkering and creative exploration of delightful ideas. Our mission is to enable creative making for personal empowerment and life-long learning.
Our target audience is middle school students, but curious learners of all ages are encouraged to attend our events. Families are asked to participate with their learners. Research has shown student/family co-learning is one of the best ways to engage and prepare young people for tomorrow’s challenges.
Triad Youth Makers was founded in 2020 by Mike Renne. Mike is currently a Technology Trainer at NC A&T State University. He is passionate about creating non-traditional, play-based learning experiences. Mike has extensive knowledge and expertise in implementing instructional technology & maker-education in both formal and informal learning spaces, including in middle school, high school and higher education classrooms, makerspaces, libraries, and online learning environments. Learn more on Twitter – @mr_renne
At present our plan is to host workshops, hack-a-thons, and maker meetups throughout the Triad region of North Carolina. Workshops are designed for families and children to explore creative projects through making and tinkering. Events will take place in community centers, libraries, schools, and any other place that will host us! The event calendar will list each host site. Eventually, we hope to have our own physical community youth-focused makerspace. Please reach out if you have a space to host us!
Making and tinkering have been around as long as we have, but why call it out? Put simply, we see making as a creative process wherein participants become aware of the designed world around them. Through making and tinkering, people begin to see themselves as active contributors to our world. We see this as a valuable experience for everyone, but particularly powerful with young learners. They learn to empower themselves by changing and molding their world in ways that are relevant and important to them!