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Jan. 28, 2014 10:15 am

Maker kidz: makerspace for children in Annapolis needs $4K [VIDEO]

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support.

Dale Crowner. Photo via Kickstarter.

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support. This week’s project comes from Kickstarter. See other Crowdfundings of the Week here.

Dale Crowner remembers taking apart and rebuilding radio-controlled cars when he was a kid.

But Crowner, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004, also wishes he had a “dedicated space to tinker and mess with stuff,” as he explains in a video on a Kickstarter campaign he’s now running to raise $4,000 for a “STEM-focused, family-friendly makerspace” in Annapolis called Maker kidz.

Donate to the Maker kidz Kickstarter campaign.

Crowner says he’ll use any money raised to purchase makerspace supplies and several 3D printers.

While he searches for a permanent building to house the Maker kidz makerpsace, he plans to host pop-up workshops at different locations in Annapolis. Eventually, once a permanent spot for Maker kidz has been acquired, Crowner wants to host summer camps for children, a goal that sounds similar to the MakerCamps the Digital Harbor Foundation organized during summer 2013.

Watch Crowner’s Kickstarter video:

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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