MAKE CBA Entrepreneurship Program & Makerspace

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Imagine. Design. Create.

The MAKE CBA Entrepreneurship Program is a hands-on curriculum that fosters student motivation and engagement, as well as exposing kids in a variety of hands-on skillsets. Students in the program employ design-thinking using a range of software programs including Scratch and Tinker CAD connected to 3-D printers as well as vinyl cutters and laser printers to create products of their own imagination. If they can think it, they can build it!

MAKE CBA focuses on developing in our students the skillsets associated with a true 21st Century Education:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Connectivity
  • Cosmopolitanism

“CBA is proud to pioneer an intellectual environment where differently-abled students can “think outside of the box” and explore learning in ways that facilitate their creativity and their learning styles.”
– Judy Jankowski, Ed.D., CBA Head of School

Please join us to learn more about all of our innovative new programs that support CBA’s mission to empower our students with the skills and confidence necessary for success in higher education, careers and life.

Schedule a tour or attend an open house. Click here to register online.

What does it take to turn an idea into a successful business?

Tinkering – Tinkering is the art of constructing, and sometimes deconstructing, objects in our physical world to explore, adapt and innovate. While tinkering began with traditional tools and techniques, it now includes digital technologies, as well. In MAKE CBA, students integrate standard building materials with micro-processors, electromagnets, sensors and motors to generate exciting, new products.

Design Thinking – Empathize…Define…Ideate…Prototype…Test. This is the design thinking model.  Design Thinking is a methodology that teaches individuals new strategies to solve problems. Developed at the Stanford, students learn to make connections between what they learn in class and the world beyond. MAKE CBA is built upon this model.

Planning – Creating a business plan, designing marketing materials and developing a financial model are all integral to the MAKE program. Utilizing the Junior Achievement “Company Program”, students develop a product then organize and operate a business from product launch through liquidation.

Collaboration – In conjunction with the mechanical and design skills necessary for success in business, there is a set of personal skills necessary to conduct a successful business. The ability to communicate efficiently, probe effectively, provide meaningful feedback, disagree respectfully – all of these skill sets are addressed through the MAKE CBA process.

Supporters & Guest Speaker

Industry professionals make regular appearances to encourage students to “think big!”

John H. Fain, PRA Group, Inc.
John Trinder, Max Media
Matt Paddock, GROW Interactive
Sam Weatherly, MakerMex
Martin Joseph, 360 IT Partners
Dr. Bruce Rubin, Professor of Economics, Old Dominion University
Paul Rodriguez, NSC Technologies

Truly a perfect fit.

Empowering students with skills & self-confidence is at the core of the CBA mission. School can be difficult for many CBA students because they have dyslexia or other language-based learning differences. These students’ strengths lie in the visual-spatial realm. MAKE CBA emphasizes the principles of multisensory teaching and learning that our school is built on, allowing kids to get hands-on with the content, providing real-life applications that our students can effectively understand and implement. Participation in the program builds self-esteem and motivates our students to succeed across the curriculum.

Thank you to our partners: