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Help with mobile makerspace Answered

I work at a technology center. We teach a variety of skills at our school such as welding, culinary arts, and animation. I am trying to get a program started where we go to various schools in the community with a simple project for students to build. We walk them through the process and at the end they have something cool and have learned something. In time I hope to get a sort of mobile makerspace started, but that is further off. I was thinking that I could get community sponsors to donate surplus materials or funds. The students at our school could help in the creation of these kits. We could have kids putting together birdhouses that have been cut and predrilled, or created a simple flashlight with an led, some batteries and a roll of duct tape.

Do any of you know of any programs similar to what I am describing?
What sort of problems might I encounter?

Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. This is a project I am very excited about.


world of woodcraft

4 years ago

Hey this sounds like a brilliant idea. I hope it gets off the ground. When I used to do something similar as a visiting artist I found a number of places which were amazing. I don't know where you are located but where I am there are a few scrap art material stores- Their premise is they go to all the industrial places locally and offer to help them to get rid of their surplus scrap as long as it can feasibly be used as an art material for kids. (I know there are now a lot of these an they all trade among themselves to ensure a good variety throughout the UK) http://www.scrapstoresuk.org/index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=229&Itemid=25 I tended to get a trolley load of goodies and then work out what projects I could make with kids with the materials available.. The ace thing is these places tend to be able to embarrass the RRP for most materials .. Though you cannot necessarily be sure of whats going to be there on any day.

ehudwillworld of woodcraft

Reply 4 years ago

Thanks for the encouragement. There are several local industrial places that might have scrap materials. I am located in South Carolina. Thanks for the advice.