Ann Richards School Foundation
Ann Richards School (ARS) MakerSpace
Ann Richards School (ARS) is an all-girls public school serving grades 6 through 12, with 75% of the students from Title One (low income feeder schools) and 25% of the students from other Austin Independent School District (AISD) schools. The school’s MakerSpace project funded by the Impact Austin grant is a cutting-edge hands-on, project-based center, the collaborative effort of the Ann Richards Foundation, AISD, and the Austin high tech industry. The ARS MakerSpace will positively impact both the students and the south Austin community by providing a tinkering space to transform projects from concept to creation and allow students to deepen their understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math skills concepts). The next generation of great inventors will benefit from the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a designated space to tinker, invent, and develop skills necessary for success in the 21st century work environment.