About FCFI

The Franklin Center for Innovation is dedicated to fostering a culture of creativity, exploration, and collaboration. Our mission is centered around the belief that everyone has the potential to create, innovate, and contribute to the world around them. At the core of our mission is the desire to encourage people to actively engage in the act of making – whether it be through traditional craftsmanship, digital fabrication, or artistic expression.

Through our various programs, workshops, and events, we strive to provide a platform for individuals to discuss their ideas, share their knowledge, and turn their dreams into reality. We believe in the power of community and aim to create a supportive environment where members can connect with like-minded individuals, learn from each other, and collaborate on projects that inspire them. ,,, Learn More

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The Future of Our Program

Innovative Minds Academy stands as a beacon of cutting-edge education, dedicated to nurturing the next generation of forward-thinkers and innovators. Committed to fostering creativity, critical thinking, and a passion for learning, Innovative Minds Academy provides an immersive and dynamic educational experience unlike any other. Our approach integrates the latest advancements in pedagogy with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities, empowering students to explore, experiment, and push the boundaries of their potential. With a team of dedicated educators and a curriculum designed to inspire curiosity and exploration, Innovative Minds Academy is where tomorrow's leaders and visionaries are shaped and empowered to make a meaningful impact on the world.

“As we embarked on this endeavor 4 years ago we were happy to offer our community a Makerspace. As we have grown and accessed the needs of our community and surrounding area we realized we were becoming so much more. We have noticed that we need to focus more on our communities educational needs, to offer classes, camps, and clubs that focus on emerging technologies and specialized jobs like Drone Piloting. We need to focus more on technology and how its exponential growth is affecting the jobs of tomorrow while also offering the “old” trades like plumbing, HVAC, and electrical.”

From the Director's Desk - Jason R. Allen

Tech Centers, both shared-time and full-time, serve as dynamic engines for economic growth within their states and communities. These centers are instrumental in addressing the ever-evolving demands of the technology-driven landscape by providing specialized training programs. These programs are meticulously designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required in high-tech, high-demand fields.

Getting behind the Innovative Minds Academy is like being the cool kid in the classroom of education supporters! Picture this: you're not just making a donation; you're becoming a superhero for innovation. In a world full of brain teasers, supporting innovative minds is the ultimate power move. Your awesome contribution doesn't just buy educational tools; it's a ticket to the carnival of futuristic thinking. The playful vibe here isn't just for show; it's about infusing a burst of creativity into the serious business of education. So, let's add some sparkles to the learning journey and make the Innovative Minds Academy the coolest clubhouse for shaping the future. Get ready to high-five yourself for being the secret sauce in this recipe for educational awesomeness!

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