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Our Impact

If you integrate educational experiences, both formal and informal, and the right exposure, both intentional and unintentional, over a period of time, you can achieve transformational change.

Makers Reached since 2014

Our Educational Impact Across the State 

Mobile Maker Space

“The students and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We are hoping to arrange a visit to your Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub North Little Rock location in the near future. Thank you!”

We realize that many individuals are not able to visit the Innovation Hub, possibly due to cost or distance. By creating our mobile unit, we can bring a maker space into Arkansas classrooms and communities to provide hands-on education utilizing a variety of state-of-the-art tools. Our Mobile Makerspace is designed to bring hands-on STEAM learning into your community!

From our Mobile Makerspace program and field trips to summer camps and other youth-education-focused opportunities, we continue to engage young minds and inspire them to explore the wonders of STEAM fields. Click here to learn more about our Mobile Makerspace.

24,714 mobile field trip attendees

WE’VE INTERACTED IN MORE THAN…

%

OF ARKANSAS COUNTIES

Counties We Have Visited Since 2018
  • Ashley
  • Baxter
  • Benton
  • Bradley
  • Chicot
  • Craighead
  • Crawford
  • Crittenden
  • Cross
  • Desha
  • Faulkner
  • Fulton
  • Garland
  • Grant
  • Independence
  • Izard
  • Jefferson
  • Johnson
  • Lafayette
  • Logan
  • Lonoke
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Monroe
  • Newton
  • Perry
  • Phillips
  • Polk
  • Pope
  • Pulaski
  • Saline
  • Searcy
  • Sebastian
  • Sharp
  • Union
  • Van Buren
  • Washington
  • White
the Arkansas state map divided into counties with location icons showing each county where the mobile maker space has visited

2014-2023 Data

50,103

EVENT PARTICIPANTS

3,469

ADULT EDUCATION PARTICIPANTS

14,944

FIELD TRIP PARTICIPANTS

596

AFTER-SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS

137

SKILLS TO LAUNCH GRADUATES

1,517

SUMMER CAMP PARTICIPANTS

2,106

MEMBERSHIPS

24,714

MOBILE MAKERSPACE PARTICIPANTS

Access

“Making doesn’t have a limit. You can make any way you want to. Opportunities come up and it’s up to you to take them or let them go. Don’t let people discourage you for being a woman or a minority.”

Alicia, NWA Community Innovator

We create a collaborative environment where students are exposed to a variety of creative possibilities — from technology to art to entrepreneurial ventures — and we encourage them to investigate and explore through hands-on activities under the guidance of experienced mentors. Our field trips focus on STEAM-based platforms such as robotics, pottery, laser cutting, 3D printing, and screen printing. 

14,944 field trip attendees

1,517 summer camp participants

596 after-school workshop participants

Empowerment

“I’m building shelves to hold glazes and finishing a last-minute Christmas berry bowl with mugs. Thanks to the Innovation Hub for the basic skills to develop a wonderful, fulfilling hobby. You have truly been a lifesaver.”

Ginger, Hub Member

At the Hub, expanding opportunity is the standard—whether we’re helping makers learn new skills and trades, guiding them through the entrepreneurial startup process, or helping them build and test their prototypes.

By offering diverse resources to meet, make, and learn, the Hub remains a leader in supporting creativity and development for people of all ages.

2,106 members

Community Projects

“If I hadn’t gone through the program, I would not be where I am today. I achieved so much in such little time and was able to secure a job opportunity and immediately begin using the skills I had learned in class.”

Aidan Dufner, Skills to Launch Cohort IV Graduate

Skills to Launch Program

The Innovation Hub sits at the center of many Arkansas communities. We continue to expand innovation and inspire individuals to explore a range of educational and economic opportunities for themselves, their communities, and our state. Click here to learn more.

As of 2023, 137 students have graduated.

87% of our graduates are employed thanks to this program.

Digital Literacy Program

We are honored to teach Digital Literacy skills to children and adults throughout Arkansas thanks to generous donors such as Heartland Forward and the AT&T Foundation.  We began this endeavor during COVID, and we are thankful to continue this necessary undertaking.  We have served over 100 adults and 300 children through this work.  Click here to learn more.

Legacy Projects

“I think the She Thrives Program was beneficial to my daughter because it exposed her to the field of STEAM in a way that she had not been exposed to it before. It was great for her to learn about STEAM because now she knows that she can be an engineer if she wants to.

Matthew Stallins, She Thrives Program Parent

She Thrives Program

Thanks to the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, we launched our She Thrives program in the fall of 2022 to expose young women to role models in STEAM fields, further their education, and bolster their enthusiasm for careers in STEAM.

Our first cohort received hands-on instruction in the areas of mechanics, 3D Design and 3D printing, Chemistry, Engineering, Woodworking, Zoology, and Farming/Botany.

Arkansas Maker Task Force

In 2020, we created Arkansas Maker Task Force to help ensure that Arkansans had the necessary face masks, shields, and personal protective equipment (PPE) they needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

13,388 PPE Units Delivered

267 Arkansas Task Force Members in Total

35 Organizations Received PPE

We realized that one of the barriers to experiencing STEAM education at the Innovation Hub is cost. When you donate to the Hub, you are not only giving children a chance to discover and learn new skills through hands-on education, but you are also inspiring them to become the future innovative makers of our world!
Click here to support us today!

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is a proud affiliate of Winrock International.

FIND US IN NLR

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
204 E 4th St
North Little Rock, AR 72114

(501) 907-6570

info@arhub.org

OUR HOURS

  • MWF 9AM to 5PM
  • TTH 9AM to 8PM
  • SAT: 1st & 3rd of Month, 10AM to 2PM