What exactly is a maker space? Imagine a space that is part tool shed, part workshop, part computer lab, and part machine shop, with tools ranging from soldering irons and drill presses to CNC machines and 3D printers. Imagine a community of experts and novices all learning how to build and fix things as well as just making cool stuff. That’s one example of a makerspace. Of course you can also consult wikipedia.
We believe that the Decatur community would be great place for this kind of facility. Moreover, since Decatur and surrounding communities (Avondale, Kirkwood, East Lake, etc.) are increasingly attracting families, it makes sense to have our local maker space be one that is intentionally kid and family friendly. This also fits well with local STEM activities such as the recent growth of FIRST Robotics in our area.
The maker movement is growing fast worldwide, and the scene in Atlanta is really starting to emerge. In October, go check out the Atlanta Maker Faire and you’ll see that Atlanta is the hub for southern makers. See our Resources page for links to other local hacker spaces and further information about the maker movement.
Here are some other things you may want to know
- We have 501(c)3 non-profit status.
- We are working in partnership with the Decatur Education Foundation and we expect this will help leverage grant funds and engage members of the broader local community focused on youth education.
- We’re happy to engage with any other organizations or businesses with some common overlapping interests.
- We need volunteers and other support. See our volunteer and donate pages.