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Benicia Makerspace inspires and empowers people of all ages to turn ideas into reality with science, technology, engineering & art. Read more

Benicia, CA Technology
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Benicia Makerspace inspires and empowers people of all ages to turn ideas into reality with science, technology, engineering & art.

Benicia, CA Technology
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About this project

I want to start a Makerspace in Benicia where people of all ages can be inspired and empowered to dream, create, and make things.  This space focuses on supporting work in science, math, technology, art, and engineering.  

Benicia Makerspace is a place where:

  • you can take a class to learn something new such as computer programming, making a robot, soldering, or building a stool.
  • you can get a group of friends together to build a robot and enter a robotics contest. 
  • you propose your own project and find the support, tools, mentors, and like-minded individuals to help you.
  • you work on your science fair project with access to tools, equipment, and mentors.
  • failure and mistakes are exciting because it means you are trying, learning, and growing.

The possibilities are limitless, but I need your help.  In order to furnish the Makerspace with furniture, tools, and supplies I need to raise money.  I will not get any money unless we reach the $30,000 goal. If we do, I will be able to stock the basics.  If we go above the goal I would be able to get additional useful things such as a computer lab (to teach AutoCAD, phtoshop, and computer programming), a laser cutter, and a 3D printer.

Thanks so much for your support.

Risks and challenges

There is the potential that this business may fail. An initial hurdle is to get the space fixed up and to secure a permit for operation. If there is more work to be done than expected, that will cause a delay in the start of the business or in potentially needing to look for a new space, or not being able to move forward at all.

Additionally, as a start up, there is the possibility of cash flow problems which would also cause delays in the opening of Benicia Makerspace. I continue to be on the look out for possible funding sources such as corporate sponsorship as well as grant writing opportunities.

There is also the possibility that there will not be enough customers to support the operation of the business. I have been teaching in the community for about 6 months and have some students who will follow me. Until the space is launched and things get going, it is difficult to predict the level of customer support. I have plans to promote to customers and would continue to come up with new ideas and experiment with what works best to engage my customers to take classes at Benicia Makerspace.

It will take time to fully stock the materials, supplies, tools and equipment for the Makerspace, so initially it will start with some basics and grow from there. There will be some initial class offerings, and some initial open hours to work on your own projects. The hours and offerings will increase over time.

I am committed to making this project work. I am passionate about science education and about getting more people interested and engaged in science, technology and engineering, especially girls. I am well connected in the local community as well as in science education, which will support me when things get difficult.

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    Pledge $10 or more
    About $10 USD

    2 backers

    At this pledge level, we will send you some of our brand new logo stickers, a pencil, and a letter of appreciation for your help getting us started.

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    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

    11 backers

    Get the stickers, the pencil, the thank-you and our debut logo T-shirt.

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    Pledge $33 or more
    About $33 USD

    3 backers Limited (22 left of 25)

    In honor if 3 days to go, I am adding a new reward, which is an invite to a private pre-grand opening party to see the finished space first.

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    4 backers

    Get the stickers, the pencil, the thank-you, our debut logo T-shirt, and a Benicia Makerspace lab notebook.

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    Pledge $75 or more
    About $75 USD

    6 backers

    Get the stickers, the pencil, the thank-you, our debut logo T-shirt, the lab notebook and a rubber band car kit with instructions.

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    About $150 USD

    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    All of the above plus free, priority enrollment in the class of your choice.

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    Pledge $250 or more
    About $250 USD

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    Become a Founding Member and receive all of the above plus a 6 month Open Make pass to Benicia Makerspace.

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    Pledge $300 or more
    About $300 USD

    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    A custom designed course or workshop on the topic of your choice with free, priority enrollment.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    A private party (for kids and/or adults) at Benicia Makerspace.

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    Pledge $3,000 or more
    About $3,000 USD

    1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)

    A lifetime Open Make pass for Benicia Makerspace.

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Funding period

- (20 days)