Sci-Tech Discovery Center Adds Maker Program for Veterans

During the monthly event, veterans learn various engineering and construction skills such as metalworking, soldering, and woodworking.

UTA Roundtable

The Sci-Tech Discovery Center MakerSpace in Frisco is dedicating the first Fridays of each month to instructing military veterans.

During the free monthly event, veterans are invited to learn various engineering and construction skills such as metalworking, soldering, and woodworking through professional-led sessions. They are also encouraged to tinker on their own projects in the space. 

“Veterans have a predisposition to be makers because they have to do a lot of out-of-the-box thinking.” 

Peter Claffey

“Veterans have a predisposition to be makers because they have to do a lot of out-of-the-box thinking,” Peter Claffey, the center’s executive director, told the Frisco Enterprise. “By teaching skills such as soldering, wood, and metal working, these can be transferred to the workplace.”

The makerspace opened this summer at the Frisco museum thanks to a $50,000 donation from Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Thus far, most of its programming has been geared toward children, but with the veterans sessions, Sci-Tech Discovery Center staff wanted to expand its reach to adults, according to the Frisco Enterprise

The next event will be Dec. 2 at the museum’s makerspace. 

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