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Waynesfield-Goshen thanks donors for getting MakerDen program started.

The school district turned their library into a space called MakerDen and it lets students create, invent and learn with equipment like 3-d printers, laser engraver, and robots. The school district turned their library into a space called MakerDen and it lets students create, invent and learn with equipment like 3-d printers, laser engraver, and robots.

Waynesfield-Goshen School took time to thank the donors that helped their students get hands-on learning with a STEM technology.

The school district turned their library into a space called MakerDen and it lets students create, invent and learn with equipment like 3-d printers, laser engraver, and robots.  The school district wanted to thank the businesses and individuals that gave a total of $17,000 to help get the program up and running.  The space allows students to get interested in areas like coding and engineering early on in hopes of turning that into a career later in life.

“STEM fields are growing at a faster rate then any other career field and so we really want them to be able to apply that knowledge into STEM career fields, says Chelsea Junkins, MakerDen Teacher. "Try and get them those 21st century skills."

“What we have found talking to businesses, that they are looking for students coming out of high school that are able to jump right in the field, whether it robotics, anything involving Science, Technology and Engineering as well," says Tim Pence, the Waynesfield-Goshen Principal. "We feel that this gives our kids an advantage that maybe some others don’t have.”

The elementary is primarily using the space right now, but high school classes are using MakerDen for a different project.  The school district has a goal of raising $50,000 for the program and if people are interested they can contact the Superintendent’s office at Waynesfield-Goshen.

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