Welcome to the new Tri-Valley STEM Center
Expected Opening Date - early 2019
We're working to build a dedicated nonprofit youth-oriented informal STEM learning center at the Livermore Municipal Airport. We're building a hangar with up to 45,000sf of classrooms, meeting rooms, workspace, tools & equipment ready for STEM projects, technical career training, and product prototyping.
We are using the wonder and awe of aviation & aerospace to inspire & engage youth & young adults interested in high paying STEM careers.
We're inviting dozens of nonprofit youth, STEM, hobby, aviation and aerospace groups to run their programs out of the same facility. There will be classes, camps, activities, presentations, lectures, competitions & projects galore!
We're including an aviation-focused makerspace with basic shop tools as well as advanced manufacturing tools - 3D printers; CNC routers; welders; oscilloscopes; air tools; laser, plasma & waterjet cutters. Youth can learn new skills while building real airplanes, or creations of their own design.
STEM in action - in a facility that's available 24/7/365.
We're making room for real hands-on learning! Livermore Airport is the third most active airport in the USA in terms of homebuilt airplanes. Interested youth can learn to build & maintain real airplanes and many other technical creations.
Youth are naturally drawn to the wonders of aviation and aerospace. Using these themes, activities at the new hangar will be geared to inspire, motivate, energize and guide youth towards careers in STEM.
A Place to Grow
Tri-Valley already has some of the best schools in the USA. The new STEM Center will augment in-school learning with a variety of hands-on informal STEM learning opportunities off campus and outside of normal class hours - after school, evenings, weekends, holidays & summer vacations. Youth will have a whole new range of activities available to them.
A Dedicated Space
A common theme with local STEM groups is a lack of affordable meeting space. We're removing that hurdle by building a large low cost hangar on the side of the main runway at the Livermore Airport. A big space for big ideas!
Space, Equipment & Expertise
Successful STEM programs require infrastructure. And, we're working to build it. We're looking to create low cost meeting space; provide access to specialized - and often expensive - equipment & supplies; and provide access to experts in a variety of fields.
A Wide Range Of Interests
If you love RC planes, drone racing, youth aviation, indoor skydiving, soaring, rocketry, geology, astronomy, Mars exploration, general science, robotics, electronics, amateur radio or software programming, you'll be amongst friends!
A New Gravitational Center for STEM
Leaders of local youth, STEM, and hobby groups are some of the most dedicated, motivated, knowledgeable and passionate people in each of their respective interest areas. Combined, they will create a new gravitational center for informal STEM learning activities for youth.
A One Stop Shop
Many of these groups exist by word of mouth only. Bringing them together in one location will make it easier for families to participate in the unique programs they offer. One facility that provides fun low cost educational activities every day of the week!
A Community Of Learners
We want kids to be excited about learning. Have some fun while exploring ideas. We want them to have an internal drive that makes them ask questions and seek out answers on their own. The STEM Center will help build a community of youth who are driven to challenge themselves.
A Place To Geek Out
We have stadiums and public parks for sports enthusiasts; theaters & playhouses for performers; symphony halls for musicians; museums for visual artists. We'll soon have a STEM Center for builders, tinkerers, makers, inventors and explorers! If your creative instincts include a large measure of STEM, you'll have a new place in which to collaborate with your peers.
You'll have a new place to call home!
A Collaborative Environment
Dozens of different nonprofit youth, STEM, hobby, aviation and aerospace groups working together sharing space, tools, resources, skill sets and expertise. This is how new opportunities are born!
Classroom Meets The Real World
At the new TriValley STEM Center youth can take topics they've learned in the classroom and put them to use in the real world. STEM topics will take on a new life.
Learning Though Hands-On Projects
We're building a place where you can "do" and learn rather than just read and ponder. Hands-on project based activities help take information from a book to something in the real world. It provides context and meaning to newly learned knowledge.
Building a complex hands-on project isn't just an important way to learn. It's a way to build confidence. It allows youth to be secure in knowing that they can grow and accomplish things outside of the classroom.
STEM Needs Soft Skills
Providing hands-on projects in a group environment will allow youth to learn & practice soft skills needed in the real world. Communications. Time management. Listening. Negotiating. Public Speaking. Conflict Resolution. Leadership. Persistence. Youth will be challenged in team settings to learn personal, social & leadership skills.
A New Home For STEM Competitions
The new STEM Center will be available for STEM teams to meet off campus. It will make it easier for parents & mentors to find needed resources and help teams to learn & thrive.
Badge & Merit Badge Central
With a pool of learning resources readily available for use by troop leaders, local Girl Scout & Boy Scout troops will have a place to go to earn their STEM badges & merit badges.
By making it fun and involving lots of their peers, these programs will keep youth engaged and interested. This hangar will be a focal point for numerous informal STEM learning opportunities for youth throughout the Tri-Valley.
All the Tools You Need to Succeed @ The Aviation Makerspace
A makerspace is a community workshop where the tools are available for use by all members. We are planning several different shop areas for different uses.
We have tools that most people don't have at home. We have more space than available in most garages. And, we have a community of tinkers and makers with the interest and expertise to help you with most any project.
We'll have separate electronics, wood, plastics and metal workshops - all with a focus on aviation & aerospace. There will be plenty of work areas where you can spread out and get bigger projects done.
Tools are tools. They can be used to build or repair most anything. Two elements make our makerspace different from most. Firstly, most programs have an element specific to aviation or aerospace. Secondly, we will be building real airplanes.
Livermore Airport is the third most active US airport in terms of homebuilt aircraft. There are 78 "experimental class" planes registered and flying at the airport. There are about 15 more currently being built.
We are going to start our own airplane build(s) when we open our doors. We have volunteers and a donated plane ready to go. Help us get it in the air!