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