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Funding Your Makerspace


As you may know, schools throughout the United States are getting excited about the Makerspace as a place of creativity and expansion for students of all ages, but how do you fund your Makerspace? When it comes to improving education in STEM subjects, Makerspaces have been touted as a fantastic way to get students involved in hands on learning from physics to computer programming and much more. While it can seem daunting to get a new Makerspace up and running, there are actually many resources out there for funding your new space. From government grants to private sponsorship, this blog post takes you through some of the best ways to fund your Makerspace.

Funding Your Makerspace with Government Grants

The government is ready to help all students prepare for the STEM jobs that will help build our nation into a stronger, more competitive market in the fields of science and technology.

For example, Title I Funding gives financial assistance to elementary and secondary schools with low-achieving students to boost their ability to meet academic standards. For students with special needs, IDEA is a great resource to help fund projects that will go towards helping these students.

While it will take time and effort, government-sponsored grants can go a long way into helping provide resources for your Makerspace that will keep students engaged. Here are more great grant resources to explore:

Corporate Sponsorship and Competitions for Your Makerspace

Corporate sponsorship is a great way to get funding for your Makerspace. Searching online for local STEM competitions is a great way to showcase the potential of any Makerspace and a way to possibly win a monetary prize to boost student pride. National competitions include the Google Science Fair, and the STEM Video Game Challenge for middle and high schoolers.

Other corporate sponsorships come in the form of grants, such as the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. A great place to start is to research local businesses, and larger corporations who have offices near you, to find out what types of programs may fit your needs. The next step is outreach. It can be an involved process, but corporate support is one of the best ways to get your Makerspace up and running.

Check out this great Blog Post on how to prepare applications and outreach materials for private funding.

Crowdfunding Your Makerspace

Students can be encouraged to take initiative and create a crowdfunding campaign with the help of their Makerspace leader. Usually this entails a creative video, which can be done on any smartphone, information about how the money will be used, and incentives for donations.

  • Kickstarter is the original crowd-funding website. Projects have 30 days to get a set amount of money or everyone gets their donation back. This gives the project a sense of urgency, which makes people want to invest sooner rather than later. Two tricks: be as specific as possible about what the money will be used for, and try to raise a lot of money upfront – the more money a project has within the first week, the better chances it will succeed.
  • GoFundMe does not have an all-or-nothing outlook nor does it have deadlines. However, this does mean that people may not be in a hurry to donate, and whatever you promise to them you must deliver, whether you are fully funded or not. There are also fees involved for using the service, so many programs ask that larger donations are made directly, rather than through a platform like GoFundMe.
  • On Indiegogo, you can choose to have a deadline or not. They have a more diverse base of donors, but statistically, people donate less than to other sites.

Go Out and Make!

Makerspaces are about being creative and getting into the DIY spirit. Not every Makerspace has to involve expensive tools and 3D printers. These types of spaces can provide a place to draw, sew, hammer, build or program. There are so many configurations and ideas to explore, and the ways in which funding comes together can depend on the specific plan for your Makerspace. We hope these resources help you to get started.

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Building the Makerspace Curriculum


Makerspaces provide students the opportunity to create visuals for school assignments, perform science experiments, and even build robots. Projects are only limited by the space’s leader and students’ imaginations and ingenuity. Through Makerspace projects, students of all ages can learn problem solving, collaboration with others to work as a team, and job skills like computer programming, user interface design, and even social media networking. These skills can be applied to future STEM jobs, or at least prepare students for HOW to approach learning marketable skills. This blog shares some project ideas and curriculum examples to get you started with your Makerspace.

K-6 Makerspace Curriculum Ideas

Because they are still learning about how life works, elementary school students tend to be more curious and the most willing to try something, even if it fails. Getting them to try something isn’t going to be the hard part, but they may need some guidance. Setting up a project can be as simple as asking a question: What kind of building can you make out of cardboard? What is a tool that you need at home right now? What can you design using popsicle sticks, bottle caps, and/or water bottles? What problem would it solve?

One example of a ready made curriculum to try is a free program for elementary schoolers to learn about computer programming called Alice, a project developed by students at Carnegie Mellon. With plenty of people discussing Elementary Makerspaces and resources, these areas can create a fun and educational environment for any child.

Looking for More Ideas? Here are some great examples of Elementary School Makerspace Projects:

Middle School Makerspace Curriculum Ideas

Giving middle schoolers the ability to take charge of their own learning encourages engagement and active participation. At this level, competitions and scholarships can come more into focus, and higher stakes can often provide motivation for students.

One example of a way to get students excited in the Makerspace is to encourage participation in a science fair or competition. Science fairs have become more and more competitive, and the days of exploding model volcanos are long gone. Students can now program games, design smart phone apps, and make software with the right tools. With more access to resources, students can now win more scholarships and take their projects farther along than ever before possible.

Prestigious national science competitions include:

High School Makerspace Curriculum Ideas

With more schooling comes more elaborate projects. With more elaborate projects, having access to good equipment will ensure that the next generation will have the skills necessary to enter the job market, especially in STEM. Think of what these two self-taught brothers from Haiti could do with an equipped Makerspace.

Here are some of the most innovative science fair winners of 2015 in some of the most prestigious science competitions:

Imagine what these students can contribute to our world as they get older. With a good Makerspace, these and other students can go even farther and do more than before.

Whatever you decide to do with a Makerspace, the students will be sure to enjoy the opportunity for hands on learning. The Makerspace puts abstract applications into real-life situations, making it the best way to show, not tell.

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Owning the Makerspace: Take charge of student success


Makerspaces allow students to experiment with hands-on learning in an environment that encourages creativity and expands horizons beyond the classroom. This blog is all about owning the Makerspace – cultivating the leadership that will need to be at the helm to help you take charge of student success. As in any space with schedules to manage, equipment to maintain, and people to motivate, there’s got to be a competent, inspired leader to take the reigns. In a school environment, a motivated teacher or librarian usually leads the way for the Makerspace. Read on to find out more about owning the Makerspace.

Preparing to Lead a Makerspace

For any teacher, librarian, or community member who is interested in helping build or maintain a Makerspace at his or her school, there are webinars, seminars and workshops that give new Makerspace leaders guidance and support.

Here are some great resources:

  • Maker Ed, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping schools develop their own Makerspaces. They have received a $1 million grant from Google to help them do just that.
  • MakerSpace website is a site started by the founders of Make Magazine, who started the Maker movement. Makers from all over the world can share their ideas, insights, and innovations.
  • Edutopia has many articles on how to design, create and fund a Makerspace.
  • For K-6th grade teachers, the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has several articles about Makerspaces for young children.

Funding Your Makerspace

Spinitar understands how daunting it can be to implement a Makerspace, especially from a funding perspective. In fact, we wrote a blog post all about funding your makerspace, but here are a few good resources to get you started:

  • Competitions are a great way to get students involved and engaged with a Makerspace. Student Science and Science OC have lists of good local and national competitions.
  • There are government grants, such as Carl D. Perkins Act, who give money to schools looking to invest in students who would prefer technical programs to a 4-year college or Title I program that helps fund equipment that could help a school with low performing students.
  • Corporate sponsorship is a great avenue as well. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, for example, will grant up to $5000 to a school for projects just like Makerspaces.
  • Students can participate actively with crowdfunding, using websites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or GoFundMe. Students, especially with entrepreneurial spirits, can create videos using smartphones and write out guidelines to their specific needs.


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California AV Company supports City of Hope!

To our Sponsors, Guests, Volunteers, Friends & Family, thank you for supporting Spinitar’s Golf for Hope 2016!

This year’s event could not have been a more terrific day of fun and friendship, with all of us coming together to help in the fight against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Spinitar and City of Hope sincerely thank you for your support and participation!

City of Hope is committed to combining “scientific innovation with the power of human compassion, creating medical miracles every day.” Their amazing work and innovation continues because of those who decided to join us in the fight for cures and HOPE.

We thank our Gold, Silver, and Platinum Sponsors!

Spinitar hosted over 144 people on October 13th at Tustin Ranch Golf Club in Tustin, CA – including golfers, guests, family, and friends. With a desire to be great hosts and an even bigger desire to support City of Hope, we could not have accomplished all we did without the generosity of our partners, sponsors and donors.


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Call to carts!

We kicked off the day with a Putting Contest and lunch from The Habit. MMM, it was tasty! If you did make it to the Putting Green, you may have picked up a Bloody Mary from Spinitar’s Gil Gomez, our resident go-to for all things yummy!spinitar-av-golf-for-hope-2016

Based on the honor system, Tustin Ranch Golf Club set up the Putting Contest and awarded John Reda from Sound Marketing West winner. Congrats John and thank you for joining the fight!

Game On – on the green!

As the day continued on the green with beautiful 75-degree weather most of the day, golfers made their way through 18 holes in a scramble format, including contest holes for Closest-to-the-Pin and Longest/Most Accurate Drive. At Hole # 3, sponsored by Cambridge Sound Management, Kyle Moloo from Big Presence was awarded for Closest-to-the-Pin. The second Closest-to-the-Pin contest was at Hole #11 sponsored by Impact Solutions. Patrick Bellor from Southern California Edison measured out 17’4” on Hole # 11 and was therefore also awarded for Closest-to-the-Pin.spinitar-av-technologies-golf-for-hope-2016

Who had the longest drive you ask? Downey High School’s Mark Rand walked away with the win for Longest Drive which was calculated from scores on both Hole #2 sponsored by Sony and Hole # 15 sponsored by Vaddio. Thank you to all golfers for a great game on the green!

Congratulations Kyle, Patrick, and Mark and thank you for joining the fight!

The Winning 4 must be thirsty.

Quenching our thirst throughout the day, Kramer and Samsung sponsored the Beverage Carts providing each golfer with their beverage of choice.

Although our Event Chairs, Adriana Hernandez and Angelique Tavizon, won’t exactly admit that this team called their win from day one of registration sign-ups, the proud winning foursome from CRESA Partners had an unbelievable day of golf recording a score of 53!

Congratulations Jeff Manley, Chris Armato, Taylor Keddinton, and Tony DeFrancis and thank you for joining the fight!

Now let’s all get together.

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After 5 hours of golf, friendship, and fun, golfers and guests gathered to enjoy a champagne chicken and tri-tip dinner, courtesy of Christie Digital, Panasonic, and Premier Mounts. Tustin Ranch’s Chef also treated attendees to a plethora of desserts and sweet treats!

Let’s toast to the cures!

This item is generously sponsored by … We thank you!

Exceeding last year’s amount for funds raised just through purchased raffle tickets and silent bidding, Spinitar was able to raise funds with 22 Auction items and 29 Raffle items! We could not have accomplished this goal without the generosity of the donors, raffle ticket buyers, and bidders, so a special thank you to All who contributed to this fun and exciting part of the event. spinitar-av-solutions-golf-for-hope-2016


Raffle Item Winning Ticket Holder Donor
Tannoy Mercury 7.2 Speakers Tom Larson Tannoy
A Pie A Month All Year Cathy Ahlers Polly’s Pies
LA Kings & Fleming’s Gift Card David Ellis Ed Knopf & Tim McCarthy
Mary Kay Beauty Basket Jodie Park Tiffany Dozier, Mary Kay
Trader Joe’s Items & Visa Gift Card Victoria Dade Trader Joe’s & Starin
Long Beach Aquarium Tickets & The Auld Dubliner Gift Card Whitt Adams Long Beach Aquarium & The Auld Dubliner Gift Card
Golf Bag with Umbrella Tim Reph Janine Zaffino, Spinitar
Samsung 32” Display Tim McCarthy Delphi Display Systems
Gift Card Ben Kane Sonic Foundry
Sweet Treats & Movie Gift Card Maria Lee The Spinitar Family
Disneyland Tickets Kris Mosser The Spinitar Family
Laugh Factory Tickets & Fleming’s Gift Card Alex Marasovich Laugh Factory & Anew CT
Anaheim Ducks Tickets Chris Spangler The Spinitar Family
Laugh Factory Tickets & Fleming’s Gift Card Chris Barnard Laugh Factory & Anew CT
Tannoy Mercury 7.2 Speakers Chris Barnard Tannoy
Callaway Odyssey Wedge Iron Natalie Barker Mark Smith, Spinitar
Nothing Bundt Cakes Natalie Barker Nothing Bundt Cakes
Fleming’s Gift Card & Colby Red Wine Kris Rogina Drake & Cheryl Wayson, Spinitar
Cryptic CA Red Wine 2011 (3L) Steve Rodriguez Rick Kincer, State 31 Wines
Wine Country Gift Basket Andy Bennett Wine Country Gift Baskets
Wine Country Gift Basket Jeff Kane Wine Country Gift Baskets
Callaway Odyssey Wedge Iron Victoria Dade Mark Smith, Spinitar
Lottery Ticket Basket Adriana Hernandez The Spinitar Family
Rams Tickets Barbara Irvin Kristin Gallo
In & Out Burgers Gift Basket Cathy Ahlers In & Out Burgers
Best Buy Gift Cards Tim McCarthy Anew CT
Golf Bag with Umbrella Dave Bright Rick Kincer, State 31 Wines
BBQ Chef Package Steve Riley The Spinitar Family


Auction Item Bidder Name Donor
Golf Anyone? Kris Rogina Tustin Ranch Golf Club
Handmade Wood Game Set Jeff Manley Matthew Kosel, Spinitar
Oregon Home Vacation Jeff Manley Jeff and Barbara Irvin, Spinitar
Come Visit Us Again Adam Nowan Tustin Ranch Golf Club
Golf Membership Jeff Kane Tustin Ranch Golf Club
Trefethen Wine Basket Tim McCarthy John Harmyk, Spinitar
Boutique & Beauty Janet Newon Dry Lounge, Bungalow Bay, and Brighton
Cheers to Fans Too! Jeff Newon BackStreet Brewery and Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim
Come Ride With Me Antonio Dias Jay and Kris Rogina, Spinitar
Toruk – The Camera That Flys Antonio Dias Stampede Global
GOPRO 4 Camera John Gargus Listen Technologies
Marshall Woburn Black John Gargus Biamp
Big Bear Vacation Home Andy Bennett Lizette Spellman
Sound Off Dennis Potts Quantum
Sound Off Edmund Curley Quantum
Samsung Professional Monitor Edmund Curley Larry Schilz, Samsung
Christmas Duffy Boat Ride Chris Barnard Jay and Kris Rogina
Apple Watch Chris Barnard Jeff and Barbara Irvin
Sound Off Anthony Tellez Quantum
Weekend In La Quinta C. Adams Jay and Kris Rogina
Davis Estates Winery Angelique Tavizon Rick Kincer, State 31 Wines
iPad Air 2 Erick Cortez Live Wire


Giving us all hope.

Every new discovery, each patient helped or cured, is a testament to the transformative power of philanthropy. Since City of Hope’s very start, they have relied on the generosity of individuals, companies, foundations, and governments supporting their work. Your participation, as volunteers, sponsors, golfers, and donors, is a part of that amazing effort, and Spinitar thanks you!!

For pictures of the fun, fellowship, and golf, please visit Spinitar’s Facebook page: Facebook page.

Spinitar Golf for Hope

Golf for Hope benefiting City of Hope – join Spinitar in the fight!

Our team members are passionate about giving back, and we know we can make the greatest impact by providing our financial and volunteer support to charities and community-focused organizations. Here is one cause you can join with us!


Spinitar’s is hosting its 2nd annual Golf for Hope at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club. The tournament benefits City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases nationwide. City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics and shares its scientific knowledge with medical centers locally and globally, helping patients battling serious diseases.

Invited guest, Manufacturer Partners, Business Partners, and Spinitarians will participate in both the sponsored tournament and auction over the one-day event, aiming to outstrip last year’s $55K total donation.

Unfortunately, cancer seems to touch all of our lives, even our Spinitar family. Today 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. We’d like to invite you to sponsor and/or donate in support of City of Hope’s enduring and impactful efforts to make our world a place to thrive! Join us in the fight!

For sponsorship and/or donation opportunities, please visit our event page at www.cityofhope.org/spinitar .

For more information about City of Hope, please visit www.cityofhope.org.