Maybe One Step Closer

Welcome to the third newsletter of 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. Last week I titled the newsletter One Step Closer. A week ago I was confident I would be writing this newsletter with progression pictures of the space from how it looked when we received the keys to the painting and building of work tables and some of the materials I have been collecting to open the doors.

This is not the case. We are stuck in the corporate wade pool. We are simply waiting for the paperwork to go through. We have been patient and everyone who has been helping us has been amazing. Here we are now a few weeks behind schedule with our eyes set on an optimistic view that this will be the week.

At this point everything is still a go as planned, but I won't lie to you and let you know that we are starting to create a plan B. We have everything we need to begin and now we just wait for the space.

It will work out. All things happen for a reason. In the meantime, I am not pouting and complaining. Rather, I am working on the very skills I would teach students in our classes and that is perseverance and problem solving. It is not like we don't have a thousand other things to get done. So here is what is going on.

1. Fall classes are available for sign up now. All information can be found on our website: We still have spots available. If you know of someone who might be interested I would love it if you kindly shared the classes with them.

2. I have posted a new podcast episode in regards to this new venture. This will be a new schedule where every Tuesday we will have a new episode.

3. On Mondays we will be posting videos. A new slime video will be posted tomorrow and it is awesome! We will eventually move things over to a specific 212 STEAM Labs YouTube page, but for now things will be housed on my personal page.

4. Once we move in we do plan to have a meeting with interested parties to learn more about our vision and things we want to accomplish. If you would like to be invited to this meeting or know of someone please reach out to me and I will add them to the list.

Until next Sunday we appreciate your support and we hope to have pictures and updates about the space by next weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for us.


One Step Closer

Welcome to the second update of 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. I have returned from a long due family vacation in Myrtle Beach. We jumped on the road at 3 am yesterday and drove all day to make it home Saturday night. Today after a wonderful night of sleep in our own beds we are back to the grind to make things happen.

Since the last update we have been delayed in some of our scheduling. We were to be moved into the space by now and I was hoping to be moving the stuff from my garage over the space to begin building work tables, assembling tools, painting, etc. We have been delayed in some of the paperwork with the company we are working with, but we are optimistic that tomorrow brings great news and we can move forward with out plans.

It was so exciting to pick up our mail from being gone and finding registrations for the classes. This warms my heart and has me so excited to make things happen in September. To those that have registered we say THANK YOU! because it is the key to moving forward with our goals and dreams. Without students and supportive parents, none of this works. If you have not yet signed up, then I encourage you to do so as we limiting classes to a max of 15 students for proper teaching ratios. Don't lose out!

I have been in several conversations about potential future projects and let me just say we have so amazing ideas swirling in our heads that I think are going to change how we think about learning. After a meeting today at my usual spot of Dunn Bros on 53rd, following up on some emails, adn organizing my notes, I believe you are going to want to sign up as a parent for these classes as well.

Here are some things coming your way soon:
1. Fall classes are available for sign up now. All information can be found on our website:
2. We are currently seeking out if parents would be interested in the following options of classes. Let us know by email or leaving a comment.

  • Parent/Child class

  • Parent only class

3. Seeking grants to apply for to begin to host more equipment for projects we have in mind. If you know of any good ones out there, then let us know.
4. Organizing both male and female leadership groups. These will be meetings designed to empower males and females in leadership skills and mindsets. 

Until next Sunday we appreciate your support and we hope to have pictures and updates about the space by next weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

See you later, alligator( here is the song if you want to sing along!)

Aaron Maurer aka Coffeechug

212 STEAM Labs is Open!

It is finally happening!

Welcome to the first blog of 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. I am still in disbelief that this vision is becoming a reality. While we have so much work to do and we have so much passionate energy to make it happen I sometimes wonder if there is enough coffee in the day!

Today we have launched on our website the first round of classes to be offered in the space. We have classes for grades 5-8 as well as a preschool class. Don't forget that we are sharing space with Bereskin Art Studio and Gallery so we have a ton of art class offerings as well.

For those that don't know we have acquired the old Foster's Music building down on State St. We have an amazing location and plenty of space. Additionally, we will be sharing the space with the Bereskin Art Studio and Gallery. Pat Bereskin and her crew has been so helpful in making sure this happens. The amount of gratitude I have for the patience, bending over backwards, and support to this concept cannot be put into words. Just the simple fact of an art studio working together with a STEAM space provides so many opportunities of learning. It is going to be epic.

For now, we need you! Spread the word. Share the message. Let people know that this exists. We are small. We are growing organically. We want it be authentic. 

We have many massive ideas in preparation to launch to bring more events and projects to the space, but for now we have several classes to get started. If you have suggestion, ideas, or questions please feel to reach out to us. We are already looking to expanding the sessions down to 5th grade if the numbers work. 

In the meantime we would love it if you share. We are able to move into the space August 1st and from there we will be working hard to have things ready for classes in September. 

Here are some things you can begin to expect to hear from us about:

1. Adult classes on the same topics to provide trainings and a space for adults to learn
2. New competitions that nobody is doing in the area
3. Weekend workshops and drop in classes
4. Grand Opening event
5. Whatever else comes to us in the middle of the night

This is one heck of an adventure. We hope you join us. If you are reading this, then we thank you already for signing up for the newsletter. We will be in touch soon with new features, updates, and how things are progressing.