YuKonstruct wishes to thank Tom Bamford for the use his CNC Router

YuKonstruct has benefited greatly from volunteers and donations. Tom Bamford has been both a volunteer and donour. Tom, a founding member of YuKonstruct, is a local entrepreneur with mad maker-skills. For the benefit of all members, Tom loaned YuKonstruct his CNC router.

A CNC – ‘computer numerical control’ – router is a cutting machine that produces consistent and high-quality work. Unlike a jig router, the CNC router can produce a one-off as effectively as repeated identical production.

YuKonstruct just purchased its own CNC!

Thank you Tom for your generosity!

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Small Town Makerspaces

Amelia here. I am on the core YuKonstruct team, and designed the survey that so many of our makers kindly filled out. The survey was a great place to help us identify what our community wants to see in our makerspace, and relay this to our potential funding partners. It captured other information which we have started to follow up on now that we have a space. Things like, who is able to teach courses or donate tools. If you haven’t already, and want to take the survey, we’ve re-opened it. It can be found here:  http://bit.ly/QPxuRJ

With my academic background in Community Development, the one thing that has interested me about makerspaces, is how to extend their reach. This is particularly relevant as I read the survey comments from those who were not in Whitehorse, but enjoyed the idea of YuKonstruct. So, in this post I want to share some of the resources I feel could be helpful for rural communities to introduce the makerspace culture into schools, libraries, First Nations and community events.

Makeitatyourlibrary.org

Make it at your library

This website is run by the maker site Instructables, and the American Library Association. It shares a range of projects searchable by age, materials cost, time and type that can help you find a cool maker activity to do within your means. It was created to help libraries transition into makerspaces, and offers lots of beginner projects to get kids and adults excited.

 

MakerCamp

Makercamp

Make Magazine offers MakerCamp on Google+. A free online maker summer camp July 7th to August 15th  2014.  You register online, and order and pay for your own materials, depending on whether you are interested in just one project, or the entire summer camp. This year the weekly themes are; Makers In Motion, Create the Future, Health & Science, Art and Design, DIY Music and Make:Believe.  New activities are posted each morning, then campers in teams from all around the world rush to make their projects. At the end of the day campers upload photos, video and learn from each other’s successes and challenges.

 

 Makerspace.com

Makerspace Logo

If you want more than activities or a camp to get the ball rolling, this site offers a complete and free guide to starting a makerspace in your community, the Makerspace Playbook.

 

Want to start a small town makerspace?

We’d love to hear from you!  Drop us a line at [email protected]
YuKonstruct still has a lot to learn, but we are also here to share knowledge and advice as we go!

 

YuKonstruct community support

Community is the heart of a makerspace

My name is John and I am one of the folks behind YuKonstruct. Truthfully, I am not a tech whizz or particularly handy. So why did I get involved? For me, YuKonstruct has the potential to become an amazing community. And when people come together and are motivated by a common goal, great things happen. This power and potential is what drew me to this exciting venture.

I once read that a makerspace is more than a space full of cool tools. It is the convergence of a creative community. And that is what makes the maker-concept so rich: community.  It’s easy to focus on the funky space and cool tools, but what are they without people?  What happens when you connect the collective creativity, knowledge, and co-operation of an entire community, and then add in a common space and tools? Magic, that’s what.

Take our event in January as an example, that was magical. A community coming together to support what was just an idea at the time. Without that community, we would have just had an empty room with cool projects. There would be no buzz of excitement, no sharing of ideas, and no inspiration to build from.

January Kick off event - a few of the many great projects
January Kick off event – a few of the many great projects

Humans are social beings. We have an innate desire to live, work, and play, in groups. This is ‘community’ and varies greatly by degree and form. ‘Culture’ is the dynamic output of congregating people over time and space, and includes learning and knowledge transmission. The outcome is rich, diverse and dynamic.

What gets me excited about the makerspace concept is the potential to bring people together and make great things happen. Already YuKonstruct has brought together a motley crue of individuals driven by a common dream. In less than five months we have a space!  No individual could have achieved this alone. There is power and there is potential in community, and from there anything is possible.

 

We welcome everyone to this community to help us achieve the YuKonstruct dream.

Join us on a Tuesday evening at 7 – 8:30pm where we’re doing anything from building benches and furniture to space planning. Also, be sure to check out our new event’s calendar to see what’s coming up soon.