The Think Make Create (TMC) Lab is a unique mobile maker platform specifically designed to meet Nebraska’s rural Expanded Learning Opportunity programs.
The TMC Lab is a project of Beyond School Bells, a public-private partnership of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.
TMC Labs are designed to be a low-cost entry point for Nebraska youth to tinker, explore and problem-solve while helping to promote long-term sustainability for rural ELO programs (meaning high quality afterschool and summer programs). Currently, there are two TMC Labs supporting established ELO in both Kearney and the Schuyler, Columbus, and Norfolk areas.
As part of Nebraska’s ELO Design Challenge, Beyond School Bells (BSB) is currently working closely with Nebraska Extension and partners in five Nebraska Public School Districts (Auburn, Beatrice, Boone Central, Centura and Grand Island) to develop the next generation of TMC Labs that will be tested in communities developing new ELO programs in Fall 2017.
We envision the tinkering, hands-on learning and inquiry supported by the TMC Labs will become a core feature ELO programs in NE, encouraging generations of Nebraska youth to become the makers and creative problem solvers needed to drive future economic prosperity across our state.
BSB hopes to engage partners across the state to develop innovative new programming strands that will enhance both the TMC Lab platform and the sustainability of high quality ELO programs in communities across Nebraska over the next few years.