What are the goals of this project?
Biomaker Bench will offer accessible STEM education by creating the first community lab in Noblesville, Indiana. The lab will be an open space for students, schools, hobbyists and community professionals to come and use lab equipment, participate in training workshops, and earn certifications.
•Bridges students and community members of non-technical fields to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community.
•Removes barriers to entry for scientific education and exploration.
•Provides an infrastructure for educational research and technologies.
•Advances learning by safely engaging students in experiences that combine technical skills, scientific curiosity, teamwork and project management, with real-world opportunities.
•Facilitates educational outreach programs to K-12 students in collaboration with industrial partners.
•Provides opportunities for community involvement and interaction in secondary and undergraduate curriculum.
•Educates the community about the risks and rewards of synthetic biology.
Why is this research important?
Biomaker bench knows that STEM education needs to be improved and resources need to become more accessible. We will be the first community lab in Indiana, and will provide these opportunities in a central location with the support and participation of industry, universities, and K-12 schools.
The demand for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is on the rise. The United States must find a way to reverse the decreasing number of students who pursue a degree in one of these areas. Currently less than 15% of US college undergraduates are pursuing degrees in science or engineering compared to more than 30% of students in India and more than 40% in China. Today approximately 50% of jobs require some technology, and this number is expected to increase in the future. “Over the past 50 years, taxpayer investment science and mathematics education has indirectly produced more than half of the nation’s economic growth. Prominent economists agree that no other investment generates a greater long-term return to the economy than scientific R&D, and that starts with our educational systems.” If no action is taken the United States could fall behind our global competition.
STEM jobs are higher paying and add more value than traditional service jobs. The access that community labs provide will enable students and others to develop the ideas and entrepreneurial skills needed to create new STEM jobs.
How will the funds be used?
$1,000 to apply for 501(c)3 status, which will help us raise funds in the future.
$1,000 to initially rent space.
$500 for a website and other media.
$1,000 for gas and supplies for the first workshops.