With Canada Day upon us this weekend, we thought it a great time, as we celebrate being Canadian, to also celebrate what is becoming an enthusiastic and burgeoning movement of makers in this wonderful and diverse country of ours.
While do-it-yourselfers have been at it for time immemorial, the Maker Movement only took a definitive and more formalized form back in 2005 with the publication of MAKE: Magazine by Dale Dougherty. Modern makers are typically identified by engaging in technological pursuits such as 3D printing, electronics, robotics, laser cutting, CNC milling, woodworking, metalworking, as well as conventional fashion design and arts and crafts.
However, a makerspace isn’t necessarily defined by the state-of-the-art equipment it offers. Rather, it’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring interests and ideas that’s at the core of a makerspace. Cardboard, legos and art supplies can launch a hands-on, education, maker experience right at your own kitchen table!
Though Canadians might not have jumped aboard as fast as our American and European counterparts, over the past several years we Canadians have jumped in with full force and are joining the Maker Movement at a breakneck pace.
As a result, Canadian makerspaces – open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs – have been sprouting up across the country at great speed.
Like our MIDAS Fab Lab, makerspaces are often community-based organizations providing a wealth of shared tools and equipment for their members as well as the expertise and training to master them. Makerspaces can provide the necessary experience and training to help to prepare someone in need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.
Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups. They can also serve as co-working spaces and collaborative playgrounds where ideas, innovations, and productive and, in some cases, profitable connections abound.
Currently, there are at least 37 public (non-commercial and non-academic) makerspaces – the list continues to grow! – throughout Canada. In addition to MIDAS, check out the list of makerspaces across Canada:
Calgary – Protospace – http://protospace.ca
Edmonton – ENTS – https://ents.ca/
Kamloops – Kamloops Makerspace – http://kamloopsmakerspace.com/
Langley – Makercube – https://www.makercube.ca
Nanaimo – Makerspace Nanaimo – https://makerspacenanaimo.org/
New Denver – Open to Source – http://opentosource.org/
Vancouver – Vancouver Hack Space – http://vanhack.ca
Vancouver – Vancouver Community Laboratory – http://vancommunitylab.com
Victoria – Victoria Makerspace – https://makerspace.ca/
Winnipeg – SkullSpace – https://skullspace.ca
Bedford – Halifax Makerspace – https://halifaxmakerspace.org/
St. Johns – Protoshed – https://protoshed.ca
Guelph – Diyode – https://www.diyode.com
Kitchener – Kwartzlab – https://www.kwartzlab.ca/
Kitchener – Underground Studio Makerspace
Richmond Hill – Ylab – https://www.ylab.ca
Toronto – Hacklab.TO – https://hacklab.to
Toronto – Site 3 coLaboratory – http://www.site3.ca
Toronto – Steamlabs – http://steamlabs.ca/
Windsor – Hackforge – https://hackf.org
Montreal – Helios Makerspace – http://www.heliosmakerspace.ca
Montreal – Foulab – https://foulab.org
Saskatoon – Sktechworks – http://sktechworks.ca/
Saskatoon Makerspace – https://saskatoonmakerspace.com
If you are interested in making things; have an idea you’d like to see to fruition; have an invention you’d like to prototype; but don’t know where to start, now is the perfect time to find out more information about MIDAS!
Happy Canada Day, all, and Happy Making! Have a great, safe weekend! #LearnCreateLaunch #madeatMIDAS #makersgonnamake