THINK MAKE CREATE (TMC) MOBILE LABS
TMC Mobile Lab Brings STEAM Learning Opportunities to Fremont County
Wyoming Afterschool Alliance and Lander Children’s Museum Partner to Inspire Kids
The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is pleased to announce that the Lander Children’s Museum located at 465 Lincoln Street will launch their Think Make Create (TMC) Mobile Maker Trailer in Fremont County on Saturday, October 23 at 12:00pm during their annual Fall Fest.
Think Make Create (TMC) Mobile Labs are 6 x 12-foot trailers that can easily be transported for use at afterschool program sites and community-based learning sites for out-of-school time and summer learning. The interior of the trailer is designed to maximize storage of supplies and projects. Designed for children and youth K-12, the TMC Mobile Lab materials will be rolled out of the trailer and be accessible on a blacktop, gymnasium, libraries, and other suitable locations. Funding from AT&T Mountain Region provided seed money helped to make this opportunity possible.
TMC Mobile Labs are designed to focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), subjects that are 21st Century skills vital to preparing Wyoming’s emerging workforce for a changing economy. Organizations can build on this foundation by adding activities based on the arts, literacy, and more.
The TMC Mobile Lab was originally conceived by Beyond School Bells, Nebraska’s state afterschool network. WYAA is now working with stakeholders in Wyoming to bring TMC Mobile Labs to communities around the Equality State. The first lab was launched in Carbon County in January 2019 with support from AT&T Mountain Region and Sinclair Oil Company in cooperation with Carbon County Boys & Girls Club, Carbon County School District #1, and Carbon County Higher Education Center. Afterschool programs, businesses, nonprofits, school districts, and anyone interested in investing in Wyoming’s emerging workforce should contact WYAA.
WYAA Director Michelle Sullivan commented, “Community partnerships with afterschool and summer learning programs provide critical support to ensure that today’s children have the skills required to tackle the problems of tomorrow. These connections encourage young people to stay in Wyoming and build a prosperous economy for all of us.”
For more information, please contact Wyoming Afterschool Alliance Director Michelle Sullivan, 307.335.9922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to promote quality, education-based out of school time programs that positively impact youth and families. To learn more, visit www.wyafterschoolalliance.org.
The Lander Children’s Museum was created in 2000, to foster curiosity and creativity through a variety of hands-on learning experiences and interactive exhibits. This passion grew as an extension of wanting more developmentally appropriate opportunities for children in this small, but progressive community. Visit www.landerchildrensmuseum.org.
The Think Make Create (TMC) Lab is a unique mobile maker platform specifically designed to meet rural Expanded Learning Opportunity programs. Using STEM skills, the labs let students bring ideas into the real world. Wyoming’s first lab was launched in 2019 Rawlins thanks to a successful community partnership. AT&T Mountain Region and Sinclair Oil Corporation saw the opportunity to bring valuable skills into the community and have helped fund the labs. Carbon County Boys & Girls Club, Carbon County School District #1, and Carbon County Higher Education Center are working together to bring the opportunity to life. The second TMC Mobile Lab is based at the Lander Children’s Museum.
Mission: The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.
WYOMING AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE
1472 N. 5th Street, Suite 201
Laramie, WY 82072