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Makerspace: the report of a secondary 1 student

It all started a few months ago. At the beginning of September, the members of the management decided to innovate by developing the “Makerspace” project at the college. This involves providing the community with technological tools used, among other things, to create works of art and prototypes.

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by Marianne Lapierre, secondary 1 student, Collège Beaubois

 

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"Makerspace": A collaborative work place […] used to create, learn, explore and share while using advanced technology[1].

Introduction

It all started a few months ago. At the beginning of September, the members of the management decided to innovate by developing the “Makerspace” project at the college. This involves providing the community with technological tools used, among other things, to create works of art and prototypes. The advantages are many. Few of the schools in Quebec have state-of-the-art tools. In addition, students can use it in various courses -informatics, plastic arts and economics, in particular- or even if they want to realize a personal project. On the other hand, people from the outside will benefit just as much. In fact, renting the Makerspace will initially help finance the purchase of equipment, in addition to allowing anyone from the public to learn about it.

But let's get back to the heart of the matter. What does the project involve? By the next school year, three 3D printers, a laser cutter, a sewing machine and an iron should be acquired by the college[2]. While waiting for the official launch, a committee meets and makes decisions about the location, the layout of the premises and the promotion of the project. He is also looking into all kinds of technical details about the future Makerspace.

Location and layout of the premises

IMG0476The Makerspace will probably be located in room 103 (current computer room). As for the layout, a certain storage area will be necessary, as will a table where users will have hand tools available. A relaxation area is also planned. Indeed, it is proven that “dropping out” sometimes helps to be more productive later. It was suggested that there be “bean bags” and headphones in order to isolate themselves from noise. In my opinion, the place should be decorated with works designed using these new technological tools, and more particularly by the students themselves. What a stimulating project for art and technology lovers! In addition to brightening up the room, it would serve as a model for Makerspace users with less creativity.

Promotion of the project

By that I mean the dissemination of the project to students as well as the advertising of Makerspace outside the college.

According to the organizing committee, students will have a big role to play throughout the development of Makerspace. Some have already been recruited and are offering ideas. In addition, almost all students will use it as part of a lesson. This is why it is very important to adequately explain how the tools work and their usefulness to students. For my part, I believe that coming to present the project in class would be a good idea. I also like the idea of posting capsules on the Pluriportail, as we discussed with the committee. Short videos on the operation of each of the tools made available, for example, would make the student who comes to use them for the first time more independent.

The promotion of Makerspace outside of college is also essential. Naturally, the rental of the premises will possibly constitute the only source of income. In my opinion, the Makerspace concept should therefore be promoted, both on the college's website and on its social networks. Maybe even advertising wouldn't be a bad thing ...

Conclusion

In short, the process is progressing well. It is mainly thanks to some people who put their heart into it and that is what I would like to salute. With all their involvement and support, positive results should be seen very soon!

 

[1] Translation based on a definition of the site "makerspaces.com"

[2] The number of acquisitions could be subject to change.

 

 

This article is part of the dossier " The establishment of a digital manufacturing workshop (makerspace) ", whose here is the list of articles in antecchronological order.

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