Our MAKERSPACE Features
About Our 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, art, and math (STEAM). 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.
Membership is modeled after a fitness center, and two levels of memberships are available including individual and family. The initial planned hours of operation for Franklin Center for Innovation, Inc. will be 10 AM to 10 PM, 6 days a week. The plan is to eventually be open 24/7.
One of the guiding principles of Franklin Center for Innovation, Inc. is to make it affordable and accessible to everyone. Monthly Memberships are priced at $35 for an individual pass (one person) or $55 for a family pass (four people).
These are all access passes. You can come to the shop anytime we are open (10 AM to 10 PM, 6 days a week, with plans to eventually be open 24/7), and call in to book the equipment so you know it will be here waiting on you. You also get discounted training classes on the equipment, and help from our staff whenever you need it. Join now for only $35 per month! Start making projects, expanding your business, or learning something new today.
The FCFI Makerspace is a place to learn through exploration, innovation, and creation. We provide access to high-tech and low-tech maker equipment. We also have individual work spaces, a collaboration room, and computer lab.
It is accessible by FCFI members and staff. Call 502-382-0367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Tools, equipment, and areas of the Makerspace marked with a green dot or tape do not require any specialized training or orientation.
- Tools, equipment, and areas of the Makerspace marked with a yellow dot or tape require you to sign a Makerspace User Agreement and to complete a mandatory equipment usage and safety orientation.
- Tools, equipment, and areas of the Makerspace marked with a red dot or tape require you to sign a Makerspace User Agreement and to complete a mandatory equipment usage and safety orientation. Operation of these tools and equipment is restricted to the Makerspace Technicians.
What is a Makerspace?
The Franklin center For Innovation Makerspace offers FCFI Members and faculty, access to new and emerging technologies. By using the Makerspace, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions which govern the acceptable use of the space and equipment, including agreeing not to hold FCFI responsible for any consequences arising from using the space or equipment.
FCFI reserves the right to revise the terms and conditions at any time. Continued use of the Makerspace by you will constitute your acceptance of any changes or revisions to these terms and conditions.
Use of the FCFI Makerspace is a paid membership and requires you be a;
- FCFI Faculty Member
- FCFI Member and you are 18 years of age or older.
Use of the 3D printers, CNC Machines, woodworking tools, laser machine, sewing machine, or soldering irons, and some other tools requires you to complete an orientation and sign a user agreement.
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