The Clubhouse Network frequently receives inquiries from educators who are looking for ways to inspire students through innovative uses of technology to support learning. Establishing a full-fledged Clubhouse is not appropriate for many of them, but all of them are interested in new possibilities for “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning and how best to engage young people – in particular from underserved communities – in meaningful and relevant ways.

THE CATALYST INITIATIVE is a way for The Clubhouse Network to bring “Clubhouse-like” practices to non-Clubhouse settings such as schools, libraries, and other out-of-school time programs. Projects take a variety of forms including grant-funded projects, consulting arrangements, and facilitated workshops. Current initiatives include:

  • Rincónes Clubhouses: TCN is providing the Republic of Panama’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (SENACYT) with technical assistance to introduce Clubhouse ideas and activities in some of the 200+ InfoPlazas community technology centers around the country. Learn more.
  • Clubhouse Camps: During the summers of 2017 and 2018, adult and teen staff from The Flagship Clubhouse facilitated workshops for youth at the Quincy YMCA. These camps provided a youth leadership opportunity for experienced Clubhouse members as well as a way to introduce hands-on STEAM activities to a new audience of young people. Learn more.
  • Workshops & Conference Presentations: Network staff are presenting the Clubhouse Learning Model and activities from our latest book Start Making! A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities for a variety of audiences – out-of-school time practitioners, librarians, teachers, and more. If you are interested in a workshop, contact us using the information below.

We are glad to work with you to bring hands-on, learner centered STEAM activities to your organization. If you are interested in partnering with us, please reach out to Stephanie Rosario, Catalyst Program Manager.