Start a Makerspace!

Interested in starting a makerspace in your community? In your school?  By creating makerspaces, members have access to tools and equipment that they might not have otherwise.  They can collaborate on projects that are driven by their own interests, and by doing so, develop the capacity and confidence to innovate.  Makerspaces are a gateway to deeper engagement not only in science and engineering but also art and design.

Makerspace.com developed a Makerspace Playbook for low-cost makerspaces in community and educational settings. Their goal is to encourage stakeholders to establish makerspaces, and include basic guidelines and the costs of getting started.  They also have a wealth of additional resources and curriculum to assist educators developed by Dale Dougherty of O’Reilly Media’s Make division in partnership with Dr. Saul Griffith of Otherlab  The project is supported by an award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in support of its Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) program, an initiative aimed at introducing new design tools and collaborative practices of making to high school students.  Also check out the guide they prepared for the Young Makers program.

Here are some resources that might help you out:

Instructables

Adafruit Industries

Sparkfun Electronics

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What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

Looking for specific equipment?

If you're looking for a specific piece of equipment, you can probably find it at our equipment database.