The Maker's Place

The Maker’s Place is an entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and math (ESTEAM) focused out-of-school time program for late elementary, middle and high school students.

For more information on The Maker's Clubhouse, our K-5th grade program at Faison Elementary, visit their blog: The Maker's Clubhouse. The Maker's Clubhouse is a STEAM focused (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) out-of¬school time program at Faison Elementary School serving grades K-5. The program exposes children to science and enhances their knowledge and preparation for the 21st century. Students learn the scientific method and the engineering design process through projects such as designing an efficient bubble wand and math principles using sports as the mechanism. We recently acquired Refuge Temple Church, a building that sat abandoned adjacent to Faison Elementary for at least 5 years. This space is envisioned as a physical makerspace for youth during the school day, afterschool, summer, and weekends.

About The Maker's Place

The Maker's Place is an ESTEAM focused out-of-school time program. Our program provides hands-on product based learning, mentors and cutting-edge technology to encourage youth to explore, collaborate, innovate and make.

We have two branches: Lean for Teens and Color-Coded. Our Lean for Teens branch teaches STEAM principles through an entrepreneurial lens. The students learn lean startup principles to design and prototype their own business and are exposed to various STEAM careers. Color-Coded teaches students computer programming languages, digital citizenship and 21st century skills such as computational thinking.

Lean for Teens

Get ready for our Second Annual Lean for Teens Competition this summer!

Teens from the Homewood Children's Village Learn and Earn site will learn evidence based startup principles and compete to win an investment in their startup.

We will begin June 27 and run until August 5, 2016. Please note the name change from Social Entrepreneurship Venture (SEV).

First Annual Competition

On June 19, 2015 our judges selected Brain Busters as the winning team of our Social Entreprenuership Venture. Brain Busters created a service that works to decrease the teen dropout rate. Teams of three researched and addressed a social problem through the creation of a product. The teens learned evidence based startup principles and put them into practice as they created their own product/services.


Color-Coded gives students the opportunity to learn and build confidence with 21st century skills such as coding, JavaScript programming language, computational thinking, and digital citizenship. We incorporate “failures” or chances to learn into our curriculum to demonstrate that mistakes are an integral part of the learning process and are opportunities for problem solving and growth.

Color-Coded operates with a 10:1 student:instructor ratio. An entry level JavaScript enrichment package is currently available. Basic concepts students will learn with the JavaScript package: Variables, Functions, Loops, If-Else Statements, Object Attributes and Strings & Numbers.

In The News

Remake Learning: How a movement to create a new kind of learning came to be in Pittsburgh

Steel City Codefest

New Pittsburgh Courier: Maker's Place Builds Business, Tech Talent in Homewood

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Homewood Center Mentors Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Remake Learning Blog: Making Connections Between Creativity and Digital Literacy

The New Media Consortium Blog: A Means to an End

Remake Learning Blog: How Can Digital Learning Mentors Reimagine Afterschool Programs?

Contact The Maker's Place

We are currently looking for a Maker-Mentor for our summer program. If you are interested please fill out the Staff and Voluneer Application

Please email us to provide some feedback, volunteer or donate at