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County Officials to Announce Innovative Partnership with KID Museum to Create County’s First “MakerSpace” for Children, Families; Plus, Launch Prototype of New Interactive Museum

Leggett joins Council, Libraries, Public Schools, Museum representatives to roll out plans for hands-on learning space, and support for new KID Museum

Wednesday, June 18; 9 a.m.

Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda

 

Lower Level
(future site of KID Museum MakerSpace)

 

County Executive Ike Leggett will announce the creation of the County’s first dedicated maker space through a partnership with KID Museum, a new regional children’s museum based in Montgomery County. The announcement coincides with the first-ever White House Maker Faire, which will take place the same day. The County’s partnership with KID Museum will be featured at The White House event as an exemplary local public-private partnership to advance “maker” programming and engage youth in STEM learning and innovation.

Officials also will announce the County’s three-year agreement with KID Museum, which will provide “maker” programs in the 7,500 square-foot space on the lower level of Davis Library. Future plans call for KID Museum to establish a permanent home in the County.

Joining Leggett will be County Council Vice President George Leventhal, Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Hans Riemer, Montgomery County Public Libraries Public Services Administrator Carol Legarreta, KID Museum President/CEO Cara Lesser and Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools Dr. Joshua Starr.

PHOTO OP: A group of children will be working on a variety of maker projects, with paper circuits, arduino-powered robots, 3D printers and more.

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