Makers Reached since 2014
16,440 mobile makerspace participants
41,137 event participants
14,020 youth education
2,080 adult education
We’ve interacted in more than 60% of Arkansas counties.
“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.”
2020 wasn’t the year any of us expected. So many things changed; but makers kept on making and the Hub kept on innovating!
- We established the Arkansas Maker Taskforce, a network of nearly 300 Arkansas makers, and worked with them to deliver more than 13,000 units of Arkansas-made PPE.
- We developed a digital literacy program to assist students and their families navigate virtual school experiences.
- We launched a new 10-week apprenticeship program offering workforce and skills development in carpentry, welding, HVAC, and roofing.
- We developed engaging, hands-on virtual learning experiences for youth, including a virtual version of our Maker Show.
- We taught our first-ever, out-of-state virtual field trip to a group of pre-K and kindergarten students in Washington, D.C.
- We created new ways for youth and adults to learn virtually with kit-based workshops and classes and a new series of private lessons with our expert educators.
- We participated in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 as the community organizers for North Little Rock.
- We became a proud cohort member of Artspace Immersion.
“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
Access in 2020
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.
In the first quarter of 2020, our field trips were offered Tuesday-Thursday with a focus on STEAM based platforms such as robotics, pottery, laser cutting, 3D printing and screen printing. As the COVID-19 pandemic altered how schools operated, the Innovation Hub adapted—creating live and on-demand virtual learning with hands-on projects and kits.
854 field trip attendees
38 summer camp participants
47 after school workshop participants
“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 this past year.”
Ginger, Hub Member
Empowerment at the Hub
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.
52 Completed Production Jobs
“It has been an amazing experience so far—like meeting new people and learning how to weld for the first time. I’m pursuing my career by learning new skills so I can break every barrier they say can’t be broken.”
Juan Clay, Skills to Launch Cohort I Graduate
The Innovation Hub sits at the center of many Arkansas communities. Here are just a few ways we worked with Arkansans in 2020.