Since Makerspace program began at Pacific last year, it has gained steam every week. Led by principal Kim Linz, science teacher Gretchen Renshaw, and a team of amazing parent volunteers, the program has already impacted hundreds of students at Pacific. A grant from the award-winning Manhattan Beach Rotary Club has allowed the club to grow even more. Pacific principal Kim Linz states, "Makerspace has added an innovative way to look at instruction in our school. It creates a incredibly exciting new opening to STEAM for our students." (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
Superintendent Mike Matthews believes that Makerspace is going to experience incredible growth in the next few years. Supported by a $50,000 grant from Chevron, all MBUSD elementary schools are receiving a $10,000 start-up grant to get their programs going. "When we look at what we want out students to be - innovative, creative and collaborative critical thinkers, Makerspace helps our students be all of that and more. Pacific's program is leading the way, and we have learned so much from it. I love the parent involvement, and I look forward to seeing great things from Makerspace in MBUSD."