By Camille Davis
Special to the AFRO

The grand opening and ribbon cutting of the District’s fun, STEAM-focused education, the Party Time STEAMing Engineers DC Kids Makerspace was on Dec. 23. Located in Ward 4 at 205 Upshur Street, Northwest, DC Kids Makerspace fosters community building and early access, but it also highlights the opportunities for small businesses to take root and grow within the District.

Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) cuts the ribbon, officially opening the DC Kids Makerspace on Dec. 23. (Courtesy Photo)

Ward 4 Council member, Brandon T. Todd supported the local business at Monday’s ribbon cutting.“I am thrilled to support Jasmine Byrd and the opening of the Party Time STEAMing Engineers DC Kid’s Makerspace right here on Upshur Street in Ward 4,” Todd said.  “It is bringing much needed resources of STEAM activities and opportunities to local families in this community. We are so proud of Jasmine Byrd, her vision and the work she’s done.”

The DC Kids Makerspace officially opened Dec. 23, with Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) (right) in attendance alongside founder Jasmine Byrd (left). (Courtesy Photo)

Local residents, tall and small; including Taylor Johnson, 13, also attended in support.  While Johnson made homemade play-dough, the AFRO asked if she would return from programming activities.  She relied, “Yes; this makes learning fun!”

Children play at the DC Kids Makerspace ribbon cutting on Dec. 23. (Courtesy Photo)

Kids finding enjoyment in learning is Byrd’s ultimate goal.  She remembered her original intent for opening the space: “I wanted to create a place where children can have fun being enriched with education outside of school- a safe place for children to learn freely.”

Since the launch, Makerspace STEAM sessions operate on a drop-in basis on the weekends; and until Jan. 4, children may drop-in during the winter break throughout week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.