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From Making to being a Maker

When Zen Maker Lab first started in 2013, nobody would have expected to see how many young minds the company has been able to positively affect, and empower.

Now, we have had over 1,000+ students taking our STEAM programs. Some people often mention that quality is better than quantity, in our case we aim to empower as many students as possible, while not only keeping our programs running well but while keeping them getting better each time.

Today's story is focused on Odette Beaudin, when she first started she was interested in robotics but was not sure where to begin, that's when she and her parents decided to register her for a Zen Maker Lab program, back in 2017, today she is a Zen Maker Lab instructor and soon-to-be Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo.

Odette Beaudin assembling a Vex Robot with a classmate, 2021.

I first participated in a Zen Maker camp when I was 10 and since then I have been a part of the Zen family as a student turned volunteer and now employee. The team at Zen create engaging STEAM lessons with hands-on activities that develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a welcoming environment. At Zen Maker Lab, I developed a passion for the applied sciences and in the fall I will begin studying mechanical engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Just like Odette, there are hundreds of other students with similar success stories, that we are proud to be part of. In the end, a learning experience that is as fun will not feel like another task to go through, but rather something that can generate a spark in young minds.

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