A Brief Synopsis
Who Is The Forge?
The Forge Initiative is a nonprofit, founded 7 years ago in Cary as Wake Robotics. We are almost 100% volunteer. That means that all of our programs are run by volunteers -- either member parents or people who want to share their passion of STEAM with others. And, almost all of our fundraising, organizing, administration, marketing, people directing, and planning are run by regular people volunteering their time.
Our members currently include 70 member families; 125 K-12 students, 10-15 college students, and 10-15 volunteers who want to be involved in STEAM. Another 200-300 people participate in our member-led workshops and camps each year. And approximately 6000 people interact with us at community events and outreaches.
Why The Forge?
The world increasingly relies on technology. Almost every job you can think of requires some interaction with technology. You could even say that our future depends on technology -- on people who are comfortable with technology and who know how to collaborate, lead and believe they can make our world a better place. We have many places in the Triangle who work with STEAM. What we need is a place those people can come together -- where our young people can gain the skills and the confidence and the excitement of exploring and learning with each other AND with adults who are immersed in the world of technology.
How Do You Do That?
The Forge Initiative has created a community (or an ecosystem!) of people interested in, inspired by, and passionate about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). The Forge is a place where all different backgrounds of people, of different ages and interests can explore, learn -- AND lead! with cutting edge technology. It isn’t a place to drop your kids off to take a class; it’s a place where families, educators, scientists, artists, engineers, students, hobbyists and makers can gather in the same place and see what they learn from each other.
But What Do You Really Do?
At the Forge, people coach robotics teams, all ages work on their own projects or help others during Open Forge, youth and adults share STEAM through hands-on demos at libraries and schools, artists bring tech into art and engineers bring art into tech, youth and adults run workshops and programs using what they know to help others learn, educators and educator wish-to-be’s can try out innovative new approaches to introducing STEAM topics to all ages, everyone learns and practices intentional team building, leadership and collaboration skills -- then take those skills to their schools and their jobs.
Where Are You Located?
We are currently in transition and will be moving our of our Forge Downtown site near High House/54 Cary in June and moving into another facility nearby. Details are still being finalized. Our biggest task right now is juggling transitioning from a “scrappy nonprofit startup” to an organization that will be a sustainable, long term resource and community in the Triangle.
Want to help make it happen? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This sounds great but how do I get involved?
Our annual membership is from July 1 to June 30. During the next 7 weeks, we will also be moving facilities so we have put new memberships on hold until July 1. If you would like to add yourself to the “Interested in Membership” list, please apply below and we’ll let you know when it opens or of opportunities to get involved
Our members and volunteers are organizing a number of workshops, camps and community outreaches this summer. Sign up to our newsletter to be sure you know what’s coming up! If you have an idea for some programs, meet-ups, workshops, or other activities that would work in a Forge environment, let us know. We’d love to brainstorm ideas with you!
Help Make It Happen In Our Community
We are a nonprofit because we believe that creating a community of science and technology enthusiasts should be available to everyone, regardless of income, race, age or experience. To make that happen, two-thirds of our funding comes from people and businesses who want to support a collaborative STEAM community. You can help support it, too! http://tfidonate.org or contact us at: email@example.com