Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
UPMC · 2018

Matt’s Maker Space at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) is among the first maker spaces in pediatric healthcare, and aims to invite patients and their families into a world of creativity, collaboration, exploration, and imagination. The space, which is located on the 6th floor in the Family Services area, appeals to patients who may be in CHP’s care for an extended period of time, and also serves to encourage and support children who need distraction from their pain. The space includes legos, a 3D printer, a laser cutter, robotics, and other crafting tools and materials. Kids can work together to create, work individually, or get design help from Child Life staff.

 

Matt’s Maker Space at Children’s also provides bedside making, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented normal use of the space. They also provide making kits to children, based on patient feeback and requests, and have weekly themes and project inspiration to get the kids thinking of ways to make.

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