Makerspaces

Impact on the Environment

Makerspaces give individuals the ability to innovate and create in a collaborative setting. It is seen as a positive and supportive learning environment, and gives an opportunity to invent, discover, teach, collaborate, engineer, and imagine.

Impact

  • allows one to use objects they already have to make something new and just as valuable

  • gives one an opportunity to learn while collaborating with others who have a mutual interest

  • allows passionate environmentalists to create and help make the world more green

  • gives one a motivation to build and help a good cause

  • grants one an opportunity to feel as though they are making a difference in what they are ardent for and give them a sense of purpose

Environmental Context

A makerspace can be used to create environmentally safe materials, and can house reusable plastics and paper. For example, a milk carton can be reused to grow plants, or an old egg carton can be used as a paint palette.

You can use a makerspace as a lab for testing different seeds and their rate of growth in a controlled environment.

Current Event

Hackforge is one of the major makerspace companies in Canada. All members contribute $50.00 a month to use collectively owned machines, such as 3D printers, and hand tools. They used old materials to make their own 3D printer out of parts from a VCR. Their goal is to make their own tools and technology out of old items that would otherwise be discarded.


How to Get Started!

  1. Find a location -depending on the use and size of your makerspace, you have to choose a location that can accommodate you and the amount of supplies you plan to use.

  2. Get supplies

3. Publicize -Tell others about your makerspace so they can get started as well.