There is a revolution in creativity and community commonly known as the hackerspace or makerspace.
A makerspace is a designated workshop that fuels the creativity of inventors, small businesses, teachers, and hobbyists. The do it yourself mindset has been taking off and with the advent of the internet, and open source platforming, the maker community has been finding new and interesting ways to look at everyday items and reinventing them. The makerspace provides likeminded people a place to congregate in a hack-friendly environment, cycling the will-to-do with the knowledge and resources brought in by the community. From sitting in on classes with topics ranging from woodworking to cooking, to coding software and building your own robot, a makerspace provides unique experiences that cannot be matched by most traditional schools. Wether you are just branching out, need help learning how to use tools, or are teaching others the skills you have become proficient at, the space accommodates the novice to the prestigious.
As well as providing knowledge to groups and individuals, a makerspace supplies the members of the group with resources that would be out of their grasp otherwise. 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC milling machines, soldering and welding equipment, and a vast array of equipment and supplies that would either be uneconomical or unreasonable for an individual to justify purchasing for his or her personal workspace becomes immediately available for learning and use.
The makerspace is a tried and true format for learning and doing, with individual locations spread out across the globe. My goal is to create the ultimate space, with resources that reach far beyond those that are already existing. I intend on bringing together the greatest minds on Long Island to teach the eager minded how to network, and use the skills to create the next best thing. My vision is to bring an entire community together to create something special. my vision is called The Thinking Space.
Of course there will be membership dues and responsibilities, but they will allow for all walks of life to be accommodated, from the starving makers and students, to the teachers and those who just want to donate time or resources to furthering the Thinking Spaces outreach. With my unique structure, those who are not in a position to pay based on income are still welcome to join with the use of tiered volunteer work, in essence, allowing you to "work off" your dues.
The funds we acquire will be used to open and build the Thinking Space, acquiring tools, materials, learning and teaching resources, hire staff and bring in guest experts to teach. Our main responsibility is to purchase the tools, like those mentioned in out overview, as well as other specialized equipment like sewing machines, kilns, metal and wood working tools, and of course, safety equipment.
Why Back Us
Long Island is in desperate need for a center where people who have the drive can create and learn to expand their skill set and for others with certain sets of abilities to teach their craft to those who would like to listen and learn. There is a great sense of satisfaction acquired by creating something with your own hands and helping others achieve their goals. Helping us with funding will be furthering the education and outreach to people who have great ideas, want an education in a variety of hands on fields, want a hands on learning experience or just want to learn by doing. Thinking Space is a unique place for ideas to flourish and perhaps, for the next great thing to be created.
- Project Leader
As founder of the makerspace movement on Long Island, my role will be to accumulate both funding and resources for the Thinking Space. Finding educators willing to dedicate time each month to teaching, staff whose passions lie within a realm covered by our curriculum, and companies willing to work with us in providing unique supplies and resources as well as organizing community outreach programs for all members to participate in and team building outings and exercises for our elite members.
We are actively seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to join our team long term, so if you think you have something to contribute, feel free to contact us.Jason Reis
Providing strategic consultation to assist Nick with the launch of his Maker Space on Long Island