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What do you think about a community shop with access like a gym membership? All the tools and equipment you need to get your job done.

Check it out:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-shop--6/x/3387995

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kelseymh

5 years ago

You mean like TechShop and other hackerspaces? I sure hope you've studied the prior art to learn what works and what doesn't as part of formulating your business plan. If not, this is just more SPAM.

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TheShopkelseymh

Reply 5 years ago

Yes! Very similar to TechShop but we don't have that in Canada. I am well aware of what it will take to make this happen.

From what I have gathered, TechShop is simply a place to go and create. Of course, that is the foundation of what I am describing but I am interested in incorporating a slightly more academic side to it. Prepare young people for their future and give self-learners a place to go and understand the fundamentals of engineering and craftsmanship; perhaps even a betetr understanding of SCIENCE. Just a place for people to learn.

My question would be, is there a demand for this kind of space?

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KitemanTheShop

Reply 5 years ago

Based only on that comment (I haven't checked the link), my answer is "yes".

I understand*that mainland European schools do very little practical work in Science lessons, sometimes none, and I know that there are some influential UK Headteachers who think that practical work can be efficiently replaced by videos and the internet.

I was told this by a Brit living in Switzerland, but working with several countries' educators.

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kelseymhTheShop

Reply 5 years ago

I think the answer would be a resounding yes. And you'll find hackerspaces and TechShop instances which run the gamut of just a place with tools you can use, to a place with scheduled classes on a variety of technical and engineering subjects. There are even a few biosciences spaces around (I think there's one near Boston, but don't quote me on that).

You're right that TechShop itself hasn't opened a franchise in Canada yet (they only have five locations total!). HackerSpaces lists 21 locations throughout the country, from St John's for the Newfies (maybe they build robot fish?) all the way to Victoria BC.

Good luck!