Join LTH to battle COVID-19!
May 2020 - Local Tech Heroes will be donating 3D printing time and volunteer hours in a joint effort between local company IC3D and United Way of Central Ohio. We will be 3D printing face shields by Budmen Industries, and our volunteers will be assembling them! To learn more about this effort and to join with your own 3D printer, click below!
LTH announces six-week Improve Our Club! program with Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus
December 17, 2019 - Local Tech Heroes continues its commitment to Columbus, OH area youth in yet another collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus (BGCC).
Beginning January 2020, 4th-8th grade youth at the South Side BGCC location will will be challenged to solve real-world problems using emerging technology and creative thinking during a six-week after-school program called Improve Our Club!
Veterans Present 3D Printer Program in D.C.
October 22, 2019 - Two honorary Local Tech Heroes presented more than a year's worth of work and collaboration between LTH and the Columbus VA (also known as the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic) at the national VA Innovators Network conference in Washington D.C.
Veterans William White and Timothy Womack represented the Columbus VA as one of 15 national finalists as part of the iEx (Innovation Experience) talk series.
Check out William and Tim's 2-minute pitch on the live stream here!
LTH Kicks-off Innovation Station Program at the VA
Opening ceremonies on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 drew a small crowd to the sun-filled atrium in the Columbus VAOPC. Guests were eager to learn more about Innovation Station, a pop-up maker-space occupying a highly visible space during the month of August.
Speakers during the event included the VA facilities director and four members of the Columbus creative community, all of whom spoke about exciting aspects of working together to make things! Spectators were then invited to tour the Innovation Station, which will be open all month, and feature tools and technologies such as 3D printing and Virtual Reality along with free classes and workshops.
LTH GuideStar Gold Transparency Rating
Local Tech Heroes was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2019 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!
GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the 2019 Gold Seal, LTH shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.
LTH Instructor Highlighted in Columbus Dispatch!
Kris Kling was featured in local newspaper The Columbus Dispatch for his recent work with the PAST Foundation on a summer camp. The program, based on previous Local Tech Heroes programs, features emerging technologies - such as robots and 3D printing, and targets 16 to 18 year olds in the foster-care system. Click below to read more!
Join LTH for the Plastic Free Ecochallenge!
JULY 2019, JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO REFUSE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS.
Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency. Together, let’s realize our collective dream of a plastic-free world.
Inspired by the Australian-founded initiative, our Plastic Free EcoChallenge is a 31-day, global challenge to reduce and refuse single-use plastics. We invite you to create intention and take action on creating plastic-free habits with us!
Throughout the EcoChallenge, share your progress, success, and reflections with fellow EcoChallengers, all while earning points for completed actions. The combination of collective inspiration, camaraderie, and friendly competition makes change a little easier - and a lot more fun. After all, progress is social!
LTH announces pop-up Maker-Space at the VA!
We're looking for volunteers - whether you're an expert maker or someone willing to learn and help, contact us!
From August 5 - 30, 2019, Local Tech Heroes will be partnering with Columbus VAACC (Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center) to host the Innovation Station.
FREE and open to the public, the Innovation Station is a pop-up maker-space that will offer opportunities for all to learn and build using maker tools - from 3D printers to Arduino and everything in between!
The Innovation Station will feature daily activities and design challenges, pecha-kucha style talks from local experts, as well as opportunities to share hands-on learning experiences with those who have served our country.
LTH is on Amazon Smile - a new way to donate!
Did you know that Amazon has a built-in platform that allows you to support your favorite charities with every purchase you make? It's called Amazon Smile, and now you can use it to support Local Tech Heroes! Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to LTH.
This is a FREE way to support LTH or any other registered charity, so check it out today!
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Spring 2019 Newsletter
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LTH GuideStar Gold Transparency Rating
Local Tech Heroes was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!
GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the 2018 Gold Seal, LTH shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.
LTH Program Featured on WOSU NPR Radio
Local Tech Heroes and our Improve Your School Program at Franklinton Preparatory Academywere recently featured in an article by local Columbus NPR station WOSU.
The article, written by WOSU reporter Adora Namigadde, zeroes in on our education mission and the work being done by the incredible students in our most recent program at FPA.
Click below to read the article and see how our work inspires students and faculty to bring more problem-solving based STEM curriculum to schools and youth organizations in Columbus.