What is a Makerspace?

A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.  These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines.  A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace.  If you have cardboard, legos and art supplies you’re in business.  It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace.  These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.  Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3d printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics and even woodworking,   Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups.  There have already been some amazing success stories that have come out of makerspaces to date.

The Pump’s Creative Spaces: Makerspace, Whats its all about?

Our new Makerspace is a brand new space at The Pump established to inspire andinnovate, though a fully-kitted workshop giving you the power to turn ideas and conceptsinto reality. The Pumps Makerspace offers you and your group, the opportunity to foster
entrepreneurial spirit, by providing a high spec space, along with high-tech and traditional equipment to turn ideas into working prototypes and designs.

The space caters for up to 25 young people with additional breakout space for workshops and small group work. The Makerspace is Ideal for school groups to expand their STEM offer, enabling young people to learn new skills giving them that edge for a career in the creative industry, manufacturing, and engineering. Also a great opportunity for artists and self-employed makers to utilise.

Facilities Manager, Ricky Towner does laser cutting with Timberley Academy students at the Creative Spaces launch
Facilities Manager, Ricky Towner does laser cutting with Timberley Academy students at the Creative Spaces launch 2
3D Printing at the new Creative Spaces