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What is a MakerSpace?

"A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. Makerspaces provide tools and space in a community environment -- a library, community center, private organization, or campus. Expert advisors may be available some of the time, but often novices get help from other users.

"The makerspace -- sometimes referred to as a hackerspace -- is often associated with fields such as engineering, computer science, and graphic design. The concept emerges from the technology-driven 'maker culture,' associated with Make magazine and the Maker Faires it promotes.

"This idea of a collaborative studio space for creative endeavors has caught hold in education, where the informal combination of lab, shop, and conference room form a compelling argument for learning through hands-on exploration. On campus, the makerspace is being embraced by the arts as well as the sciences, and a new energy is building around multidisciplinary collaborative efforts' - EDUCAUSE, 2013

MakerSpaces grew out of a broader 'Maker' movement which started to take shape around 2005 with the publication of the magazine 'Make'. From there, the concept of a 'MakerSpace' - publicly accessible spaces welcoming to those who want to create, explore and make - took off.

Both public and on-campus libraries were early adopters of MakerSpaces, extending their traditional knowledge remit into the digital space. Over time, it became common to see tools such as 3D printers, laser etching, virtual reality helmets, electronics and drones become a key part of new-generation libraries. Indeed the iconic Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is no exception and boasts a small MakerSpace geared toward children and young adults.

Victoria boasts a number of MakerSpaces / Hackerspaces including Ballarat HackerSpace, Connected Community HackerSpace in Melbourne and Footscray MakerLab.

Wouldn't it be great to have a large creative MakerSpace in Geelong?

If you are interested in the full proposal for the MakerSpace, download the document.

We'd love to hear from you, so please contact Jennifer Cromarty, President, Creative Geelong on 0413 241 033 or Kathy Reid on 0418 130 636. You can also follow @CreativeGeelong and the MakerSpace at @GeelongMakers on Twitter.