QUEENS, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/12 -- The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) today announced the opening of Maker Space, where schools, families and aspiring makers from across the New York area will learn the tools and techniques of Making in its many forms. It is a place for collaboration, community and cooperation in trying new ideas and learning from peers. Maker Space is a year-round venue for the kinds of projects and presentations prevalent at the annual World Maker Faire, which NYSCI hosts each September.
"The culture of Making is perfectly aligned with the mission of NYSCI," said Margaret Honey, President and CEO of NYSCI. "Curiosity, creativity and collaboration all come together in the activities we have planned for the space, and the network of collaborators that will work with us in this new venue represent an inspiring pool of talent to give our visitors -- especially young children -- the tools they need to nurture the innate human tendency to be creative and see the world differently."
Maker Space is made possible thanks to an investment by Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) through its Making the Future education initiative. Making the Future seeks to inspire young learners to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by creating fun, hands-on learning opportunities. The initiative recognizes the importance of encouraging young people to develop skills like creativity, innovation and collaboration that will prepare the next generation of leaders in our global economy.
"The Maker movement is cultivating America's future innovators that will keep our country's vibrant technology culture alive," said Francisco D'Souza, Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant and member of the NYSCI board of trustees. "Cognizant is thrilled to introduce a new generation to Making, fostering innovation, a passion for learning and hands-on creativity for years to come."
The initial outfitting of Maker Space includes a range of equipment, tools and other resources that will facilitate both physical and digital Making projects.