A Makerspace is a not-for-profit community of people who share tools, knowledge and experience in order to Make Things - whether it is a sculpture, a work of art, a robot, or a piece of code, for example.
By meeting together in a friendly collaborative atmosphere we can learn new skills, practice old ones, and benefit from each others' experience. We can also pool our resources to get tools that we couldn't individually afford or justify, or have the room in our homes to keep. Most Makerspaces have an array of tools from lathes, laser cutters, and 3D printers to more traditional wood working tools. Many also host groups who enjoy activities such as cosplay, or traditional crafts such as knitting or paper crafts. A Makerspace is all about its members, and their interests, so each one is a little bit different.
Basingstoke & Deane Makerspace is a new group that is now looking to find like-minded people in the area of Basingstoke, so that we can put together a new community, and to find a physical space in which we can build a meeting space and a workshop.
We are a not-for-profit community in Basingstoke who enjoy learning, making and collaborating together to build and create things in a friendly environment - whether that is a prototype of a product you'd like to design, a game or website design, or practising your artistic or crafting techniques.
We currently meet every two weeks on a Tuesday night (6:30-8:45 pm) at the Four Lanes Community Centre off Hanmore Road, in Chineham, Basingstoke RG24 8PQ, inside the Four Lanes Junior School.
Please fill in our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N53YFTP to help us understand what you want in your makerspace, and what you are prepared to do to help set one up.
We would like to set up meetings and interest groups in many different activities, and once we have found a place where we can leave and share our tools together, we hope to build a workshop containing many tools, much as our friends in SoMakeIt! (in Southampton), NaDhack: (in Newbury) and R-Lab (in Reading) have already done.
So please join our googlegroups forum, and come to our meetings, so that together we can take this forward and build a community and a workshop that we can enjoy and be proud of.
Makerspaces and Hackspaces form an extensive network of communities all over Britain, Europe, and the World.
Whether your preferred tool is a needle, a brush, a computer, a soldering iron, or woodwork tools, as long as you like making things we'd love to hear from you!
Here is a youtube video by our friends in Southampton Makerspace SoMakeIt! to show the kind of thing that we hope to build together in Basingstoke
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