We are working to build a Makerspace in Forsyth County, GA that is open to anyone with an interest in learning, making and sharing his/her ideas with others. Although we are based in Forsyth County, we welcome visitors and members from all over.
Our goal is to open our own physical Makerspace location in downtown Cumming, GA. Until that space opens, however, we will operate as a mobile Makerspace offering a wide variety of Maker Day events throughout 2015 and special events that can be booked separately for your homeschool group, school, scout troop, etc. Check out our 2015 Maker Day Calendar of Events when it is released in early January or or contact us to book a separate event for your group.
Membership in MakerSpace Forsyth is FREE for now. Fees will be assessed only after our permanent location is set up (tentatively set to open in early 2015). At that time, a table with membership fees and pricing for classes will be posted on the website.
Membership will be tiered so that everyone can find a level that fits their needs. Information will be available for membership registration soon.
What is a Makerspace?
Makerspaces can take on many different forms depending on the needs of the community and have gone through a lot of changes since the days when the original concept was developed. Back then they were still called hackerspaces. The definition according to Wikipedia is “A hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or hackspace) is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and collaborate. Hackerspaces have also been compared to separate regional community-operated spaces with similar aims and mechanisms, such as Men’s Sheds and to commercial ‘for profit’ companies such as TechShop & Fab lab.”.
Today we refer to these places makerspaces, because we are doing a lot more than just taking things apart and repurposing them, we are creating from what we learn. The aim of Makerspace Forsyth is to provide a place for people to come in and work on their projects at a level that would be difficult to do at home. The makerspace will provide access to tools and resources that would be cost normally be cost prohibitive. There will also be workshops and access to instructors and mentors in a range of fields to glean knowledge from. One of the many benefits of the makerspace is the fact that it gives everyone the opportunity to use these valuable resources at a reasonable cost.
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
― Albert Einstein