Jamee Freitag's (standing at left) 2nd grade class at Woodbrook Elementary receiving UVA Community Credit Union support for their MakerSpace Credit: Photo: UVA Community Credit Union

UVA Community Credit Union Sponsors Woodbrook Elementary School MakerSpace

MakerSpace promotes learning through tinkering and innovation

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – (October 16, 2015) – UVA Community Credit Union, a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution, is proud to sponsor Woodbrook Elementary School’s new MakerSpace. This space provides students with an area to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. The MakerSpace experiential learning program is designed to parallel the nationwide STEM curriculum as a way to bring science, technology, engineering and math to life.

“Children learn from books, but they also learn from experience, and we wanted to make the MakerSpace a place kids go to outside the classroom that provides them this opportunity to learn differently and in more authentic real-world ways,” shared Lisa Molinaro, principal at Woodbrook Elementary School. “We see the MakerSpace as way for children to explore the skills needed for the job market of tomorrow.”

The space is available for all classes to use and is also home to Woodbrook’s newest after school club, The Maker Challenge Club, where students are engaged in weekly challenges designed to help them develop skills like innovation, collaboration and teamwork.

“The MakerSpace inspires students to wonder, invent and problem solve in an exciting environment where it would otherwise not be possible in the school day or traditional classroom setting,” said Jamee Freitag, second grade teacher and MakerSpace club teacher at Woodbrook Elementary. “Programs like this are hard to make happen without the generous support from outside sponsors such as UVA Community Credit Union.”

“We are thrilled to have been able to sponsor the Woodbrook Elementary School MakerSpace,” says Rebecca Cardwell, vice president of community relations for UVA Community Credit Union. “As a community-centric, local credit union, we make it a priority to support innovative educational programs, like this one, that will help inspire our next generation of thinkers, investors and leaders. We’ve witnessed first-hand the benefits of experiential learning programs with our own student-run branches in Albemarle High School and other area schools. Doing is often the best form of learning.”

UVA Community Credit Union encourages others in the community to support such initiatives. If you want to help, the MakerSpace, please consider donating paper towel and toilet paper rolls, duck and masking tape, Popsicle sticks, foam craft balls, broken toys that can be taken apart and rebuilt, as well as pudding cups and small containers. Please contact Woodbrook Elementary School at 434-973-6600 to make your donation.

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About UVA Community Credit Union
UVA Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of convenient and professionally managed financial services to its more than 65,000 members. Membership is open to those who live, work, or own a business headquartered in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, or Orange. For more information call 434-964-2001 or visit www.uvacreditunion.org.