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On Saturday, January 14th, BBBSMC held an interactive workshop for our matches at Bit Space, incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) to create a project our Littles could call their own. Matches worked with Bit Space instructors to explore, design and construct using hand, power and computer controlled tools.

Bit Space is a youth-only “maker” lab in Lincoln Square, with a new location opening in Wilmette this spring. It’s the brainchild of two Chicago dads, Thomas and Manoj, who wanted to give kids a space in the city to be able to make things from scratch: mixing old school workshop tools with new hi-tech gadgets to encourage creative problem-solving and hands-on learning. Manoj, who has also served as a BBBSMC board member for nine years, saw an obvious extension with Bit Space to the Big Brothers Big Sisters network: “This is the future of education, and it’s critical that we teach kids to be producers of technology, rather than consumers of it.”

“We want kids to be resourceful, to be appreciative of how you make things – and most importantly – to be connected to the right resources to do amazing things.”


 

 

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