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Through a new cooperative agreement with Baltimore City Public Schools, Open Works, one of the largest makerspaces in the U.S., is expanding opportunity and access to brand new, state-of- the-art resources to students and educators in Baltimore City.
The agreement provides a framework that enables City Schools to interact with Open Works to offer programming at a significantly reduced cost. City Schools can access field trips to Open Works, host workshops, and request Open Works Mobile site visits. Classrooms and lobby space will be made available for teacher, administrator, and community meetings, workshops, classes and other events for a minimal cost. “The programs, services, and technology that Open Works provides are a great complement to the teaching and learning happening in our classrooms every day,” said City Schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises. “Through our partnership with Open Works, City Schools students and teachers will have even more access to cutting-edge technology, state-of- the-art resources, and classes that foster creativity and collaboration.”
In addition, all City Schools teachers will be offered a full membership to Open Works at a deeply discounted rate. In coming months, Open Works will develop a framework aimed at providing opportunities for teachers to earn professional development credits through classes and membership at Open Works.
“In this time of fiscal crisis for Baltimore City Public Schools, Open Works is stepping into the breach to provide low-cost professional and curricular development tools for teachers and staff,” said Will Holman, General Manager, Open Works. “These children are the future of Baltimore. This is a big part of Open Works’ long-term mission to build a more equitable city where everyone has access to the tools for economic success.”
About Open Works:
Through affordable memberships, classes and co-working space, Open Works makes tools, technology, and the know-how to use them accessible to all. The 34,000-square-foot state of the art fabrication facility was built by the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation, a non-profit developer, and houses a wood shop, metal shop, and digital media studio along with a digital fabrication shop (CNC routers and laser cutters), a 3D printing studio, an electronics lab, and a textiles studio. In addition, Open Works offers flexible co-working space options for operating a small business, as well as designing, assembling, and finishing projects. For more information visit
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