Thumble is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is here to make S.T.E.A.M. learning opportunities more available to curious minds in the Detroit Metro.  We offer free public workshops, a mobile makerspace, a learning-technology lending library, and dream of opening a techie “arcade” in the future.

We want to foster a community of knowledge-sharing, and share what we have with our community. Thumble’s goal is to put our resources within reach of every school in the Detroit Public School system, and beyond.  We can introduce S.T.E.A.M. subjects in a fun and inspiring way that was designed especially for children, and help them discover the science in everything. Educators can share their classroom tips (and more) with each other, and children will be able to share experiences with students at other schools. 

Between 2017 and 2020, the state of Michigan science standards for K-12 students are changing to meet next-gen standards.

Let’s make sure that our educators have everything that they need to rise to the challenge.  We believe that all classrooms should be equal, and have access to the same tools and resources.  We can provide enough equipment for each student, making it a hands-on learning experience for everyone.  The concept of a mobile makerspace is just that – it can go wherever we can.  A library of equipment is available to all educators throughout the community, and includes items such as tablets, STEM learning toys or project kits, and so much more.  This eliminates the need for educators to find funding for resources that would not see everyday use in the classroom.  It’s not only hardware and software that we provide, but also our talented Makerspace Members.  Workshops can be hosted in-class, after school, at your location, or any public location.

We’re trying something different.  It’s a community.  It’s open source.  It’s constantly evolving.  It’s a lot of fun.

The makerspace is flexible.  If you just need to use our resources, that’s cool.  Need to learn how to use something that you want to use in your home or class?  We can train you.  Need an idea for a workshop?  We have plenty.  Want to host a workshop?  We’ll see you there.  Are you trying to find a workshop or event to attend?  Let’s create one.

Let’s make something.

Want in on the action? Take the first step and learn about the many ways to get involved by sending us a message.

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