Mt. Elliott Maker Space
What is a Makerspace?
A makerspace ia a community workshop that serves as an evironment for knowledge, exchange and entrepreneurial experimentation through “tinkering and making”. Makerspaces pool talents and tools of creative Makers by serving as gathering space for sharing, learning, and doing. By concentrating the Maker spirit, economic development, and well-being.
What is the Mt. Elliott Makerspace?
The Mt. Elliott Makerspace (MEM) facilitates knowledge growth, entreprenurial opportunities, and leadership development by assisting community-based organizations with the formation of Makerspace.
1) To grow and strenghten a local community of “makers” – people with the creativity, skills, and confidence to address any challenge and feel empowered to make better lives for themselves and their community.
2) To participate in the local, regional, and global networks of makers by actively exchanging knowledge, resources, and exiperiences.
3) To provide learning experiences through the process of researching, designing, fabricating, and bringing to market useful products and services.
4) To assist the Mount Elliott Business and Community Association (MEBCA) in their mission to improve safety, enhance infrastructure, and provide positive enivironments for local families and youth.
5) To develop the Mt Elliott Makerspace into finanically self-sustained and community-supported organization.
6) To share the model for the Mt Elliott Makerspace so that it may be improved upon and adapted to other communities.
To create integrated “maker” learning experiences as well as revenue streams, MEM will explore the development of market-worthy products and services related to:
1) Transportation – innovations and enhancements for human-powered and alternative-energy-powered vehicles designed to enhance mobility, safety, and enjoyability.
2) Food – tools and systems designed to increase the productivity and enjoyability of food production, preparation and consumption. Ex. Broadforks, compost sifters, human-powered harvesters, enivironmental data records, collaborative kitchens.
3) DIO (DO It Ourselves) – educational kits
4) Knowledge Share – Computers, software and data networks designed to help bridge the digital divide.
5) Community Infrastructure – Furnishings, tools and systems that create a safer, more attractive, and more enjoyable community enivironment.
6) Wearables – designed enhancements for clothing and personal accessories.
It was my favorite workshop we have had yet, there is nothing more satisfying than ripping apart old electronics to see what is inside. Printers, Scanners, old computers, DVD players, clock radios… nothing was safe from the destruction!
This past snowy Tuesday we had a very fun and creative workshop with edge lighting. Below are some of the designs everyone came up with. We were extremely happy to have the M.I.T. Mobile Fab Lab for several months throughout the summer. With the trailer, we were able to engage an extremely diverse group of people from all different backgrounds and generations. From its “home” in the parking lot of the Caupuchin Soup Kitchen, we saw, talked to, and worked with not only the staff of the soup kitchen and Earthworks, but the soup kitchen patrons and youth groups throughout the area.
The trailer was small, but that did not stop us from taking on big projects with the advanced tools we had access to. One example is the signs we helped build for Earthworks urban farm. With help from Gene, Dennis and Charlie we used a template from an existing metal sign to build a stand off as well as made large letters that would be used on the finale product. All of the parts were cut out of plywood on the 8′ by 4′ Shop-Bot tucked away in the rear of the trailer. With some long days and some help from Stevie, a patron at the soup kitchen, we were able to get all the signs cut out before the neighbors became restless with how loud the machine was. However, they turned out great after a little sanding and some paint from the youth group at Earthworks.
If you would like more information you can go to: www.mtelliottmakerspace.com