Upper East Side, New York, NY – A new “maker space” will be a haven for creative kids at East Side Middle School, thanks to funding from Council Member Ben Kallos. The design for the space was unveiled today, and among its features are a digital fabrication center, an art classroom, and a computer lab. The space will be utilized for art classes and other creative opportunities for the students at East Side Middle, who will also be getting a new dance studio as part of the $1.4 million project.
The funding for this public-school project comes from Council Member Ben Kallos. $500,000 will go to converting a section of a library into the maker space and $937,000 will turn a basement area into an art studio.
“The talented students at East Side Middle School are going to have new opportunities to explore their interests and exercise their creativity with the maker space and dance studio,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “When I was in school, my favorite part was learning about how technology works hands on, and I wish I had something like this maker space. The students at East Side Middle School never cease to amaze me, and I can’t wait to see how they use these new spaces.”
East Side Middle School (MS 114) is a New York City public school located at 331 East 91st Street. Their mission statement includes: “We are also driven to create a school environment in which our students can pursue their talents and dreams and ambitions, their ‘element.’"