Most people learn best by doing. What we do becomes a memory, and when it’s repeated enough times it becomes something you do it without thinking about it, like riding a bike, or playing a video game, or solving a problem. We are all apprentices, learning something new every day but what makes us the best at it is when we stick to it until we master it. That’s what we do here in Creative Tech Works Design Studio – The “CTW” –work with technology until we master it. CreativeTech Works Design Studio provides students ages 14-21 with a cognitive apprenticeship in STEM – so their memories for problem-solving become embedded and their confidence as experts begins to take hold. We use a design based thinking in a fun, highly interactive community- based maker space. It’s a place that encourages accelerated knowledge and attitudes to effectively apply STEM concepts, not just play at it. The first year of the program culminated with the students developing an “Amazing Race” event. Where they built a race-tracking app using wearable tech, as well as developing the marketing and promotion around the event.