What’s a maker space?
Check out these links:
See what others have already done in Toronto – or go to their open house nights and see for yourself what it’s all about
See how popular the maker fairs and festivals are in was in Toronto:
Or try searching like this: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=amazing+makerspaces
A maker space? Are you people out of your minds?
Perhaps. But that’s part of the fun. We don’t want to turn off the voices because they’re so entertaining.
Why can’t you just use space in this school/college/building/company?
Maker spaces are for the members, and accessible whenever members can do stuff. Late evening and weekend access is a must, and can be difficult to achieve.
Shop space where you can generally make a mess and a lot of noise is generally not available in these locations.
Can’t you just get someone to donate space?
If you know someone, rush over to the contacts page. Quickly.
Can I donate some equipment/tools/furniture?
Back to that contacts page. But unless it’s really, really valuable, we hope you can hold it for us until we get some space.
What about the children? Won’t someone think of the children?
This is not for kids – or at least not the maker space.
Where kids are involved, organisations require people with training, police and background checks, insurance, safety and other considerations that make this its own special challenge. We know about this – some of the people involved with Y Lab are Scout leaders, and as members, we’ve made stuff for the kids.
We’ve also participated in maker days at Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan Public Libraries.
I’ve heard that this college or that university is trying to set something up. Why not work with them?
Yes, we’ve heard of those as well, and have been in touch with some projects. There are initiatives under way to get funding for various facilities. In these models, equipment and space could be tied up for specific industry teams, projects and objectives. They are usually focused on the students and staff of the school. This is different from a member-supported maker space.