If you’ve been keeping track, you may have noticed that September will mark the beginning of our 3rd year in our current location. It’s truly remarkable how far we have come since our Kickstarter back in April of 2011. We first opened our doors in October of 2011, and compared to those early days of barren walls and empty shelves, the MADE has grown exponentially.
One thing that has also grown is interest in our Saturday morning free programming classes. Over the past two years, we’ve consistently filled our classroom with eager kids who are brimming with creativity and excitement. Of course, now our biggest problem is making room for all of those kids!
To this end, we have recently signed a lease on a space across the hall from the MADE’s current location. This additional new space will become our dedicated classroom facility. The new area is just over 600 sq ft, and will be filled with tables and computers to expand our existing classes. We hope to accommodate around 20 students at a time in the new space.
This new classroom will be called “The 1Up Classroom.” It is made possible by a generous grant from David Scott, from Dolby Labs, and from the Will and Anya Wright Foundation. Additionally, the computers in this new classroom have been provided by Google, and ThreeRings.
This move into a space across the hall will also free up the existing Museum facilities to focus on only museum activities. That means more room for exhibits, more playable games, and some better use of our space for storing all these antiques.
The new classroom will be opened officially on September 1. We’re planning a big 2 year anniversary party for September 21, as well. Stay tuned to learn more!