Special thanks to Michael Clark for writing this special guest post about the case for campus makerspaces. If you would like to share your thoughts about making, get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) – we’d love to feature your work. (Click here to view a high resolution copy of the poster: Mike_MakerSpace_Poster_Final) For the past three years, I’ve […]Read more "Guest Post – The Case for a Campus Makerspace: St. Laurence College (Kingston)"
Makerspaces are amazing places for learning and discovery – unparalleled spaces that encourage people to learn through hands-on discovery. At the same time, makerspaces often contain equipment that can be extremely dangerous. At the MakerBus we often consult with organizations that are interested in building makerspaces. From libraries, to schools, to community centres, we are […]Read more "Building a makerspace? Safety considerations for 3D printers, drones, and laser cutters"
– A clean kitchen is a sign of a wasted life – There are all kinds of making. One of the most important, one that everyone does, is the making of food. From a simple box of KD or a peanut butter sandwich to a gourmet soup or roast dinner, humans make everyday: we make […]Read more "Kitchen as Makerspace"
We were recently asked by a community partner what we would put in a makerspace in a box – something portable that could be transported for location to location to create pop-up maker experiences. For this thought experiment let’s assume that in addition to our makerspace-in-a-box you would have access to basic equipment like computers, […]Read more "Ideas for creating a makerspace in a box"
In the final instalment of our three-part series exploring how to create library makerspaces on different budget ranges, we’ll be exploring what to do if you secure a large amount of funding, and we’ll attempt to answer the question – what would a $1,000,000 library makerspace look like? If you receive a million dollar grant […]Read more "How to make a $1,000,000 library makerspace"
Last week we explored ideas for building a $100 library makerspace. This week we’re increasing our budget 10 fold and exploring how to build a $1000 library makerspace. While our budget has gone up significantly, we’ll still have to be strategic about how we spend our money. Should I buy a 3D printer? We get asked this […]Read more "How to make a $1000 makerspace for your library"
Working with the MakerBus we’ve had to learn how to do a lot with very little. This is the first instalment of a three-part series exploring how to create library makerspaces with very little (the $100 makerspace), moderate (the $1000 makerspace), and a ludicrous (the $1,000,000 makerspace) amounts of funding. Follow along as we share […]Read more "How to make a $100 makerspace for your library"
Option 1 – Get your gears turning with Maker Basics Contact us for a quote: Length of visit: 2 hours In this 2 hour visit, one MakerBus team member will come to your location and bring along basic maker tools to inspire your visitors to learn more about the Maker Movement. Example Demos: micro-camera kits brush-bots […]Read more "Pop-up Makerspace visits"
As the MakerBus project moves forward, we are looking to our local community for support and ideas to make our vision a reality. Luckily, in a city like London, these are easy to find! As mentioned, we’ve joined forces with UnLondon and have the support of their fantastic hacker/maker community. We’ve also had conversations with […]Read more "What is a Mobile Makerspace, and why does London need one?"
I recently came across an article on the Conversation by Matthew Bennett entitled “Augmented reality promises to rescue dying museums – so why don’t visitors want to use it?” After reading the article and reflecting on my own thoughts about technology and museums, I decided to write this blog post. A little background – in addition to […]Read more "Engagement, not gimmicks – thoughts on technology and museums"