What is a maker?

Having a maker mindset has never been more important for our kids.

Their world has shrunk down to screen-size, and too many have experienced debilitating learning loss. Young people need hands-on learning opportunities that activate them as creative problem-solvers.

Since the start of the pandemic, we have invented new ways to deliver high-quality, virtual hands-on programming to more children than we ever imagined we could reach — with 88% from communities hardest hit by the pandemic. With your help, we can serve even more of the kids who need us most.

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Discover what it means to be a maker by taking a look at this year’s virtual Fête for the Future.

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Watch the power of our signature programming in action through the eyes of four middle schools inventors. With your ongoing support, we can reach thousands more young people just like them.

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% of students served through school group visits from high-needs schools

10,168

total # of students served

55,000

# of people served annually through all programming and events

Impact Model

Here’s a look at KID Museum’s ABCs of Impact—our targeted approach to making a difference at the individual, school, and systems level for kids, families, and educators.

Activating interest

We put young people (ages 4-14) in the driver’s seat of their own educational experiences, and help them become more curious, creative, collaborative, and compassionate problem-solvers. Our live and virtual hands-on programs foster the “Mind of a Maker,” engaging kids and families in maker, invention, and STEM learning.

Building skills

We leverage partnerships with independent and public schools across our region to reach as many kids, youth, and educators as possible. Our embedded school programs grow teachers’ capacity to confidently use maker-based instructional approaches. In addition, they empower the next generation with the skills to succeed now and in the future, preparing them to navigate their educational and employment journey.

Catalyzing change

We put young people (ages 4-14) in the driver’s seat of their own educational experiences, and help them become more curious, creative, collaborative, and compassionate problem-solvers. Our live and virtual hands-on programs foster the “Mind of a Maker,” engaging kids and families in maker, invention, and STEM learning.

“Our partnership with KID Museum allows us to work together to prepare our children for the future workforce, where success increasingly depends upon creative problem-solving and innovative thinking.”

– Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent of Schools, MCPS

KID Museum is proud to be recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.