One of the Rocket City’s favorite places for kids to take fun STEM classes is getting some BIG changes. MindGear Labs is merging with the new Huntsville STEAM Works to offer even more camps, classes, and events for families who are crazy about all things STEM!
We get it – kids aren’t huge fans of change – but we went straight to the source to demystify the merger and provide parents with the inside scoop.
Wait… WHAT? MindGear is Going Away???
Huntsville STEAM Works purchased the assets of MindGear Labs earlier this year. The acquisition will allow STEAM Works to continue and expand the mission of MindGear significantly, as the operations will be moving to a much larger space downstairs at the North Wing of Lowe Mill. When that happens at the end of this year everything will be found under the Huntsville STEAM Works banner.
Parents and kids who love the Minecraft classes, programming and robotics camps, and makers space sessions that MindGear hosted regularly can still find all of that and MORE at Huntsville STEAM Works. In fact, registration for Fall Break camps are already underway. Fall classes will take place in their current space – the second floor at Lowe Mill. Winter & Spring programs will be moving to the larger, new space on the first floor around late November or early December. Keep an eye on their Facebook Page for developments as they happen!
Who Will Be Running the Show?
Huntsville STEAM Works has retained most of the same wonderful management as MindGear Labs, with a few changes. All of MindGear’s existing teachers will move over, plus an exciting addition of a new Education Director, Jennifer Johnson. The previous Ed Director, Keir Rice, is now Executive Director.
Keir knows some parents might be concerned about the changes, especially if they have kids that liked things the way they were. “With our transition into Huntsville STEAM Works, we look forward to reinvigorating our mission with a collaborative education focus. We love the relationship we’ve built with the Lowe Mill and Huntsville community, and look forward to expanding our program to include everything that falls under the STEAM umbrella for children, teens, and adults.”
So in essence, you’re getting more of the science, technology, art, and math that you’ve always loved at MindGear and magnifying even more now that they are Huntsville STEAM Works!
Huntsville STEAM Works Fall Camps & Programs
Homeschool classes begin September 6th, After-School Classes start on September 7th, and the FLL Robotics Team begins September 9th. HSW will also offer programs for local schools – interested teachers can email Jennifer Johnson for more information.
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