Project Update: New MakerSpace with FabLab Announced!

Since the early days of the Innovation Program we’ve been researching makerspaces (see this short article about one opening in DC). Makerspaces can take many forms and the Innovation Program felt it was important for ours to take the feel of a fabrication laboratory, or Fab Lab for short. We took an important first step in that direction yesterday when we kicked off the KIDMuseum Makerspace in the Davis library in Bethesda. This temporary home will act as prototype space until the KIDMuseum finds a permanent residence. The Innovation Program has been very pleased to work with the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries (MCPL), the Department of Recreation and other county departments as we moved this initiative forward. The Innovation Program will be funding the Fab Lab component of the makerspace by providing equipment and resources such as 3-D printers. The space will not only be available for residents and students, but will also serve as an Innovation Lab for this program. We plan on using the site for the development of future technology projects, such as our SmartAmerica project.Dan Hoffman speaks at KIDMuseum kickoffThe kickoff was attended by many county elected officials who have been supporting the project from the beginning, including County Executive Ike Leggett and Councilmembers Riemer, Berliner, Leventhal, and Elrich. Also in attendance were Superintendent Josh Starr and school board member Shirley Brandman. For a full write up of the event click here and for future updates of the build out of the space check back at this website. The Innovation Program and MCPL are also in the midst of planning another makerspace in Rockville for later this year. Stay tuned!

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