The New York Hall of Science, host of World Maker Faire, now has their very own Makerspace! From the press release:
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) today announced the opening of Maker Space, where schools, families and aspiring makers from across the New York area will learn the tools and techniques of Making in its many forms. It is a place for collaboration, community and cooperation in trying new ideas and learning from peers. Maker Space is a year-round venue for the kinds of projects and presentations prevalent at the annual World Maker Faire, which NYSCI hosts each September.
“The culture of Making is perfectly aligned with the mission of NYSCI,” said Margaret Honey, President and CEO of NYSCI. “Curiosity, creativity and collaboration all come together in the activities we have planned for the space, and the network of collaborators that will work with us in this new venue represent an inspiring pool of talent to give our visitors — especially young children — the tools they need to nurture the innate human tendency to be creative and see the world differently.”
Beginning with the inaugural World Maker Faire in 2010, NYSCI has launched a series of programs that promote the do-it-yourself (DIY) culture. In particular, Making projects often focus on engineering-oriented themes such as electronics, robotics and the use of emerging digital technologies like 3-D printers and computer-controlled tools. Making projects also incorporate traditional DIY disciplines like arts and crafts, woodworking and metalworking. Maker Space will be a venue with activities touching on all of these disciplines. Programs will be produced by NYSCI and also developed in collaboration with guest artists, developers, hackers and others from across the broader Maker community.
NYSCI is an awesome space with an awesome staff — this is totally cool!
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This is great news! I wish other science museums around the country (world!) would do the same thing. This would make for fantastic synergy. Come to see historical scientific discoveries and inventions and learn about science at the museum and then stop off to learn how to do some making of your own with a wide range of cool tools! Ladyada, I think this could be a wonderful collaborative opportunity for Adafruit Industries. You could contact them (New York Hall of Science) and offer to provide for sale in the museum shop your electronic kits, tool kits, skill badges and stickers etc. All made right there in NYC! You could maybe have a kiosk to your tutorial pages or maybe provide printouts of tutorials so a visitor could buy a simple kit and build it right there at the museum maker space! There are a lot of possibilities here.
Thanks for all you do for the Maker/DIY community!