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Makerspace Information Session

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The Revolution Factory @ Mill & Main

4 Clock Tower Place

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Maynard, MA 01754

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In this initial open house, we will discuss the various models of makerspaces/labs, our intentions and goals but more important is what do you, the community, the potential members want this space to be?

Introduction: This proposed Maker Space expands the many ways that we can critically engage with digital technologies in an interdisciplinary research environment. In the Lab, we use computing devices like Arduino to begin or refine our understanding of programming and code, expand our understanding of the research design process through prototyping, and experiment collectively with creative digital techniques.

What is a Maker Space? Even for those of us who have entered these spaces by their variety of names–maker lab, fab lab (fab = fabrication, perhaps also fabulous), hackspace, and more–the answer is not necessarily straightforward. Broadly speaking, a maker space is any physical space that offers access to hands-on equipment, generally with the intention of producing prototypes of physical objects. In some maker spaces, you can build a kitchen table, for instance! However, what separates a maker space from a production line (although some large-scale maker spaces have this capacity) is that maker spaces are where you go to experiment, prototype, and think with materials. The process, rather than the product, defines the space.

Not all maker spaces have to involve digital technology, but the history of the hackerspace, the maker space’s more programming-focused counterpart (or predecessor, depending on how you view it), is closely tied to programming, coding, and hacker culture.

Join Us: we have a physical location that is available space and there will be equipment for process-oriented learning. We will have a dedicated technological component, and combine hardware and software applications to help DIYers, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs explore materiality, human-computer interactions, and technology. Equipment like 3D scanners and printers are a given but it is important to see what you as potential members of this thriving community would like it to be.

Come join us on 9/12 to discuss the plans, the potential and how we could work together to make something great a place is known for innovation.


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Maynard, MA 01754

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