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  • Writer's pictureTravis Sluss

Creating Innovation: The Journey of Our New NYC Makerspace

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

In the heart of the bustling metropolis that is New York City, our MakeInspires is proud to announce the latest addition to our family of makerspaces. This new venture represents a significant milestone in our mission to inspire creativity and innovation through STEM with a touch of the Arts (STEAM). Join us on a journey as we unveil the development and buildout of our state-of-the-art makerspace in the Big Apple.

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Day One.
  1. Vision and Inspiration: At the core of this project lies our unwavering commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among learners of all ages. Our vision for the NYC makerspace is to create a hub where the convergence of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics sparks the imaginations of New Yorkers. The vibrant spirit of the city itself serves as our inspiration to bring this dream to life.

  2. Location Matters: After extensive research and community consultations, we selected a prime location in NYC's Upper East Side to ensure accessibility and convenience for students, educators and makers alike.

  3. Design and Planning: The design and planning phase was a meticulous process. Our team collaborated with designers to create a space that fosters collaboration, innovation and creativity. The layout is carefully crafted to accommodate various workstations, classrooms, collaborative areas and interactive art.

  4. Construction Challenges and Triumphs: As with any ambitious project, there were challenges along the way. We are building the space from scratch, we are the first tenant to this 3,000 square feet space! However, our team's determination and problem-solving skills prevailed - it's looking amazing! The makerspace is beginning to take shape and we cannot wait for its journey.

  5. Equipping for Creativity: The heart of any makerspace lies in its equipment and resources. We spared no effort or expense in curating the finest tools, 3D printers, laser cutters, robotics kits and much more. Each piece was carefully chosen to empower makers to turn their ideas into reality.

  6. Engaging the Community: The NYC community played an integral role in shaping our makerspace and will continue to do so. We held open forums to gather feedback and ideas, ensuring that our space would meet the needs of local students and makers. Partnerships with nearby schools and art organizations solidify our commitment to community engagement.

  7. The Grand Opening: Finally, the day is soon arriving when we can unveil our masterpiece. The grand opening event will be held on September 23rd with classes starting on the 26! Visit our Calendar to register.

  8. Ongoing Progress: The progress doesn't end with the grand opening. Our makerspace is a dynamic space that is continuously evolving. We have plans for regular updates and enhancements, including the introduction of new equipment, a gallery of student work and the expansion of educational programs.

  9. Join Us: As we continue to build upon this dream, we invite you to be a part of our journey. Visit MakeInspires Makerspace, explore our programs and join us in the pursuit of creativity and innovation. Together, we can shape the future of STEAM education in New York City and beyond.



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