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MakerSpace Defined

MakerSpace is a work area inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools by oneself or collaboratively.

These spaces are for all ages may have a variety of items but not limited to such as:

  • 3D printers
  • laser cutters
  • soldering irons 
  • sewing machines
  • robotic supplies
  • coding software

Makerspaces can be just lego, cardboard and art supplies but they have become popular because with the technology they are helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of STEM.

These spaces provide hands-on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.


STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Calgary Maker Faire, October 28-29

Check out a Maker Faire in Calgary
October 28-29, 2017

Main Page:

Schedule of talks:

Facebook Page:

Schedule of Faires: 

Lego Mindstorms EV3

"Lego Mindstorms EV3 is the third generation robotics kit in Lego's Mindstorms line. It is the successor to the second generation Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit. The "EV" designation refers to the "evolution" of the Mindstorms product line."

Lego Mindstorms EV3 - Wikipedia

LEGO® Mindstorms® Education EV3

Dale Dougherty: We are Makers

Dale Dougherty: We are Makers
Ted Talk

12 minutes
Given in Detroit. America was built by makers -- curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.

Maker Faire

What is Maker Faire?

"We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth. Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations and share their learnings. Attendees flock to Maker Faire to glimpse the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves."

Red Deer has a Faire at Red Deer College in April. The first one was in 2016.  The 2018 is scheduled for again April.

Link to the Maker Faire website
Link to the Red Deer Maker Faire
Facebook page for the Red Deer Maker Faire

My son and I raced these cars at the Faire at RDC in 2016.

Hacker Space

I know the title sounds terrible and you automatically think of people hacking your accounts and selling them or putting the information onto the web for all to see. In this case, it is just the opposite.

Wikipedia defines Hackerspace as
hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklabmakerspace or hackspace) is a community-operated, often "Not For Profit" (501(c)(3) in the United States), workspace where people with common interests, often in computersmachiningtechnologysciencedigital art or electronic art, can meetsocialize and collaborate.[1] 
Hackerspaces have also been compared to other community-operated spaces with similar aims and mechanisms such as Fab Labmen's sheds, and commercial "for-profit" companies such as TechShop. gives the history of Hackerspaces and then notes that there is not that much of a difference between the two at this point and that it is just a matter of preference as to what the group/organization/school calls the room and group.

The term hacker does have a bad connotation and thus many feel Makerspace sounds better.


STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math