Third Episode of our Maker Series in the books!

Updated: Feb 23, 2021

There was a network of makers working on a project for an incredible nonprofit organization in Kansas City called Operation Breakthrough. Jimmy DiResta and Nick Ward-Bopp led the event with a team of makers from the Maker Village, Total Boat, ShopBot Tools and Ultimaker. The custom-made project was completed in 48 hours!

Watch the sizzle for a first look at the 3rd build event at the Maker Village to create a ‘Fan Experience’ for Operation Breakthrough's new co-working space for teens, The IgnitionLab: Powered by 87 & Running.




The Ignition Space will be the natural next step for students ages 14-18 who have aged out of Operation Breakthrough’s MakerCity program. The amazing facility will have in it a Makerspace where students can learn an abundance of skills and design thinking that’s incorporated into several subjects including textiles, automotive, graphics & media, and much more.

Amir and Amare Kane are brothers who have attended Operation Breakthrough and will be some of the first students to use the Ignition Lab: Powered by 87 & Running – where the chairs will call home!


It was a great feeling to see Amir and Amare help out the makers. They spent a few hours with the team with the CEO of Operation Breakthrough, Mary Esselman, and coordinator Melanie Hungerford. Amir and Amare worked with the table saw, created some epoxy pieces with Total Boat, and spoke to Nathan Vickers from KCTV about their experience and the new Makerspace they’ll call home in the fall (2021).