In the spring of 2018, Matt’s Maker Space at Children’s opened, becoming one of the first maker spaces in a pediatric healthcare setting. The space at UPMC Children’s is unique and inviting. Located at the front of the new Creative and Expressive Arts Wing of the hospital, it welcomes patients and their families to a world of creativity, collaboration, exploration and imagination! Patients can build a robot or play with legos in a supervised setting where they can interact with other patients or the Child Life staff to create their designs. Access to a 3D printer, a laser cutter and other maker tools is provided as well. In addition to the space, Matt’s Maker Space provides bimonthly programming in the Atrium space that is open to all families in the hospital, inpatient as well as outpatient. Programs include science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) focused activities such as building a rocketship, launching helicopters, drawbots and more! The space appeals to patients who may have to be in the hospital for long periods of time. It is also used for therapy, incenting children who may not want to leave their room or who need distraction from their pain.
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