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

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: Workforce Development and Color-Coded. Our Workforce Development branch currently teaches young people how to create their own business and gives them on-site experience of running a business. Color-Coded teaches students computer programming languages, digital citizenship and 21st century skills such as computational thinking.

The Scholar's Project

A Partnerhsip of The Maker's Place and Bridge to College

Since September 21, 2015, The Maker's Place has partnered with the Homewood Children's Village: Bridge to College Program. The Scholar Project is focused on academics, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art, math and preparing students for college and beyond.

The program is held at Pittsburgh Westinghouse Monday-Friday 3p-6:30p.


Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR): Students learn about research and the scientific method.

Career/College Prep: Students learn skills related to college and career i.e. learning more about their work style from personality tests, SAT Prep and interviewing skills.

Opening and Closing: Students review current events to stay socially aware and learn life skills such as financial literacy, stress management and healthy relationships.

Homework/Academics: Students will complete homework and academic enrichment activities.

Networking Activities: This is an enrichment activity in which students and staff members engage with one another to build relationships and knowledge.

Field Trips/Speaker: The teens plan a field trip or a speaker once a month. The trips will surround ESTEAM and college.

Workforce Development

Social Entrepreneurship Venture 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. Currently two teams will continue building their product/service and work on marketing it.


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

Prices are negotiable based on the number of students. Need based scholarships are available. Prices include instructors and supplies.

Sample Packages
Students Lessons Price
Minimum 10 10 $700
Mid-Level 10 36 $2,520
Maximum 30 36 $5,400

Comparable programs charge $225-550 per day for similar opportunities but only cover basic logic of programming through block based programs with limited applicability.

In The News

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