What is a “Makerspace”, exactly?
From Makerspaces.com [our edits in brackets]:
“A makerspace [also called a Hackspace] is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, [woodworking machines, electronics (Arduino, etc),] soldering irons and even sewing machines.”
Why Build One in Grande Prairie?
Have you ever wanted to build something cool, but realized that the tools, knowledge or facilities were out of your reach? Maybe something broke around the house and you thought, “I could 3D print a part to fix that… if I had a 3D printer… and knew how to use one.” Or maybe you have an idea for an invention or product, but the cost of building a prototype was too high? Or wanted to handcraft a wooden bowl, except for the simple problem that you don’t have a giant lathe?
Well, take solace in the fact that you’re not alone. A lot of us are very creative and the only thing getting in our way is lack of access to tools, space, or knowledge. That’s exactly what a Makerspace provides. A public community space where you can find the tools and equipment to let your imagination run wild and build cool things. And when you need it, help from other smart & creative people.
The economy and our world is also changing. The prospect of finding a life-time corporate job is an idea of the past. More and more people are becoming entrepreneurs, freelancers, and starting micro-businesses as a way to make a living. Education in technology—computer sciences, robotics, mechanics, and trades—is becoming an essential skill for our future workforce. This is why Makerspaces have flourished across the world. There are Makerspaces in almost every major city in the US and Canada.
So we asked ourselves: Why the hell don’t we have one here? In the Entrepreneurial Capital of Canada? Where innovation, trades, and technology drive our economy? We quickly found out we were not alone in thinking this, so we set out to make it happen. We hope you’ll join us for the ride!
Create a non-profit community Makerspace in Grande Prairie.
To provide tools, knowledge, and facilities for our community to build projects, prototype ideas, learn new techniques, and network with each other.