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We support prototype development and connect our makers to startup resources. More Info…

We support the development of creative workforce skills, associated soft-skills needed for employment as well as resume and portfolio guidance and help with job search activities. We leverage our relationships with community partner organizations to fill gaps with services that are beyond our capacity but within our long-term strategic goals.  More Info…

We were the 2018 host of the SB Mini Maker Faire, and we are not the licensed provider of the event for the Shreveport-Bossier Metro Area. We would love to connect with your organization about partnering to expand this amazing event and showcase the work that you are doing toward supporting the new creative economy and academic programs. More Info…

We proudly support Caddo Schools with Teacher Training resources, assistance with program development, fundraising and acquiring materials and connecting schools to our various community partners with the North Louisiana STEM Alliance. More Info…

We are active in filling the skills gap in Shreveport-Bossier, North West Louisiana and beyond through our nontraditional one our skills training, intermediate and advanced classes, community partners and our nationwide network of partners through the Nation of Makers.

 

We provide one hour digital literacy workshops for under-served communities, opportunity zones, senior citizens, rural citizens, veterans and other high need populations to help close the Digital Divide by address gaps and disparities in communities to impact enable economic development.

As part of our Digital Justice Partnership with Power Coalition, we will be combing efforts with this organization, The City of Shreveport, The Shreveport Complete Count Committee, North Louisiana STEM Alliance, U.S. Census volunteers and workers to ensure that we maximize the citizens counted in traditionally under-represented and under-counted communities and populations. Because these areas overlap with Digital Gaps identified by City CTO, Kieth Hansen, we will combine digital literacy with the census outreach efforts to maximize impact and efficiency.

This past summer, NWLA Makerspace was certified as a Fablab (Fabrication Laboratory) through the Fab Foundation, an organization that emerged from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms Fablab Program in 2009. Our shared goal is to democratize technology in an effort to impact education, our local economy and the overall quality of life through self-empowerment of communities with STEAM knowledge, tools, equipment and other resources available to citizens regardless of income, zip code or other social barriers.

As chair of the Technology Committee of the Mayor of Shreveport, Adrian Perkin’s Technology Committee and president of the NWLA Makerspace, Demetrius Norman worked with committee members to provide objectives and goals studying the impact of Universal Broadband and steps to move Shreveport towards making Shreveport a smart city.