PLANNING TO SUCCEED!
M4Reactor's Start-up Plan (and brief history)
We have a lot of goals.
...And it all boils down to providing experiential learning opportunities for everyone with science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to make something and then turn those new skills into a new product or new job opportunity.
Sounds lofty? We're up for the challenge.
But how are we going to make this happen? Here's our plan. This is not the detailed plan (you wouldn't want to read all 27gb of that). But its an outline of what we plan to accomplish in the next year.
FIRST. The People.
To be successful, we knew that we had to start with the community of people who are interested in helping make this happen. We started having Interest Meetings at the beginning of 2016 and will continue to hold these meetings to let people know what we are working on. The people are the reason we will be successful.
SECOND. The Partners.
Next, we new we would need the help of others in the community. Starting a new organization is a lot of work and having strategic partners allows you to leverage the resources you do have. Thus far we have the support of many different organizations in the area including schools, non-profits, libraries, government agencies and even for-profit companies. We will continue to grow our base of supporting partners who can help us reach our goal.
THIRD. The Program.
Finally, we knew we would need to source and create innovative programming to be successful. We are constantly researching best-in-class practices to create learning opportunities for all age groups. What we are doing is not new to the world but it is new to the Eastern Shore. And our team is working diligently to create programs and events to engage youth, teens and adults of all ages.
How did we put this plan into motion?
ALL of 2016
Interest Meetings! We will continue to get people involved in our grass-roots effort. Make sure you attend one of our interest meetings to find out more about our plans.
We launched our Summer of Steam 2016 youth program! This includes 5 weeks of courses geared towards youth entering grades 7 to 12. We've created classes in robotics, rocketry, 3D CAD and 3D Printing and circuitry.
Why did we start here? OK you got us. It was easy! By leveraging our partners, we have space to provide these courses.
We took possession of our first space! Why first? Well let's just say we have very big aspirations. But seriously, our objective was to open a facility in Salisbury that has a training area, a maker area and a 3D print lab - and we have that and more! This space allowed us to expand our youth education and start our adult education.
The Perdue Foundation awarded us a grant to start building our Mobile Makerspace! We will be flushing out the plan, buying equipment and in the end we'll have truck and roughly 25' long trailer outfitted with 3D printers, a CNC machine, a laser cutter and much much more!
So our crystal ball showing what's more than a year away is still a little fuzzy. We've got lots of plans, but we aren't going to share them until we're able to firm them up a little bit more. But stay tuned!