Designing Innovative Education Programs for the Community
Home to manufacturing companies in industries such as clean tech and life sciences, Fremont wants to build a long-term workforce pipeline through initiatives in public education. FUSE executive fellow Parker Thomas worked with the Fremont Unified School District to create a maker education curriculum for middle schools that focuses on learning through hands-on, self-directed projects.
Parker also helped establish the Fremont Learning Network, an organization focused on developing relevant, engaging, and equitable learning practices for the entire community. Additionally, he created the facility and programming for a maker and innovation space located in the Fremont Main Library. This space supports out-of-school learning for students, professional development for teachers, and connections between businesses and the community. These efforts will help Fremont reach its goals of becoming a national leader in maker education and providing critical learning experiences for its community.