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Learn to build your own youth-focused Makerspace

Our Philosophy

What makes a makerspace? Learn about the mission behind the DHF Blueprint program

Getting Started

Take the first steps towards starting your own youth technology center or program

Educator Workshops

Sign up for in-person workshops that provide educator training for makerspace activities

Equipment Reviews

Learn about popular 3D printers, vinyl cutters, and other tech centers equipment

Sample Projects

Use these three starter projects to inspire and educate youth as part of your own tech program

Useful Articles

Read about useful tips and suggestions for making with youth.

Empower Youth With A Makerspace

The Digital Harbor Foundation is dedicated to fostering learning, creativity, productivity, and community through education. In 2013 we transformed a closed-down rec center in Baltimore City into a vibrant Tech Center for youth. In 2014 we launched the Center of Excellence to train others how to incorporate making into their own learning environments. The DHF Blueprint brings these two initiatives to a national scale.

Cities all over the country are facing the same challenges we are working to overcome in Baltimore. We need safe spaces for youth to learn outside of school, and we need to provide training in vital technology skills to raise employment opportunities for the next generation. At the same time, cities often have underutilized buildings right in the heart of the communities that most need support for youth education and career training. By repurposing such unused spaces as Tech Centers, cities can bring creativity, opportunity, and engagement directly into their most at-risk local communities.

The DHF Blueprint provides resources to help city officials, program developers, and educators start youth Tech Centers in their own communities. We can help you get through initial concepting and budgeting, equipment purchases and construction, and even provide projects and training to support your educational staff.

DHF Blueprint Sponsors

ACT-Logo-Building     Bowe-stewart      NorthropGrumman

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