About this project
New reward options from Dinosaur Comics!
$10 Dinosaur Comic Keychain Fob.
To select this reward choose the "$10 LASER CUT KEYCHAIN FOB" reward. We will send out a survey after the kickstarter ends asking which design you would like (e.g. gear, robot, dinosaur etc.). You will choose DINOSAUR!
This 7cm x 5cm two colour mosaic will have Ryan's choice of awesome Dinosaur Comic text. You can also pick this mini mosaic for your keychain in the $50 For-the-love-of-all-things-STEAMLabs reward and the $100 Ultimake Maker reward.
$125 CAD ($104 USD) Limited Edition Dinosaur Comic Laser Cut Mosaic Artwork reward
This is one of the designs for the $125 "Limited Editions Laser Cut Mosaic Artwork" reward. The best part is that you can pick out your favourite Dinosaur Comics phrase and we'll custom-make the mosaic just for you! This art piece is 20cm x 20cm (~8" x 8"), securely made from 3 layers of 3mm acrylic.
Update: In the news
Here are some great media pieces highlighting what we've been up to!
We want to empower kids and adults to change the world by putting incredible tools in their hands and providing a space to let their creativity and curiosity thrive. Our goal is to open an all-ages makerspace where anyone can learn the skills and build confidence to invent the future.
Our Kickstarter Goals
With your help, we are going to equip our space with cutting edge tools for kids and adults to use in a collaborative workroom under the guidance of some of Toronto's foremost designers and makers. We have an amazing 2500 square foot space and now we need to transform it from an empty shell into a thriving community hub.
The money we raise through Kickstarter will be used to buy:
- a CNC router
- a laser cutter
- suite of 3D printers
- wood working tools
Our $20,000 goal will allow us to buy base level tools. If we raise more we will be able to buy more tools (e.g., a larger suite of 3D printers), larger tools (e.g., larger cutter area for laser cutter) and more capable machines (e.g. a higher power CNC router). We would be over the moon if we could reach $40,000! (Dream BIG my friends!)
What is STEAMLabs?
Founded by Andy Forest and Marianne Mader, STEAMLabs is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering anyone to create, innovate, and problem solve. We started Canada's first kids’ Makerspace in 2012 and have taught thousands of kids how to build and code Arduino robots, program video games, 3D design & 3D print, laser cut and do all kinds of other high tech making! As thought leaders in informal education, we have helped create guidelines and models for makerspaces in schools and libraries.
Our new community makerspace will be an entry point for both kids and adults looking to get started in digital fabrication, coding, hands-on making and electronics. It’s also a space for seasoned makers and artists looking to work with high tech equipment. We will offer:
- full access memberships
- after school programs
- summer camps
- maker parties
- weekend workshops
- drop-in open make times
We are passionate about enabling life long learning through play and hands-on making. The education landscape is changing: there is greater and greater emphasis on teaching and learning 21st century skills with multidisciplinary projects (note: STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). By providing a makerspace focused on the application of these skills in a fun and engaging way, and through the use of cutting edge tools, we hope to push the boundaries of education reform.
Our amazing partners:
We have partnered with the Centre for Social Innovation and the STEAMLabs makerspace will be located on the ground floor of their new building in the heart of downtown Toronto. The Centre for Social Innovation is a coworking space, community, and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with three locations in Toronto and a location in New York City. They provide their members with the tools they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact. Together, we’re building a movement of nonprofits, for-profits, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists working across sectors to create a better world.
We were also founding members of the Mozilla Hive Toronto Learning Network in 2012. A thriving collaboration with over 60 youth-serving member organizations across the city, Hive Toronto has engaged more than 4,000 youth and educators in connected learning experiences through funded programs and public events. STEAMLabs was awarded two grants through Hive Toronto’s Collaborative Community Projects that was possible through the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
We are incredibly thankful for support from the Canadian Internet Authority Registration (CIRA), Spark Labs Inc., Tekton Tools, and Dimentians Ltd - all of whom have helped us further our goal to bring hands-on, interactive activities to schools.
Robot keychain fob design created by Mathew Del Degan from the Noun Project.
Who we are:
"So a tinkerer and a scientist walk into a bar....."
Well that's not quite how this all started, but close! Andy and Marianne met at an Arts & Science conference and went to a circus class for their first date. Since then, they have been adventuring through life together and finding creative ways to merge arts, science, engineering, and technology in truly interactive ways. Andy's passion and purpose are to empower kids and adults to invent the future! Marianne strives to encourage curiosity in everyone!
Andy Forest, Co-Founder STEAMLabs
Andy is an innovator and a thought leader in education and connected learning. As a founding member of the Mozilla HIVE Toronto network, Andy has provided assistance to numerous other youth digital literacy organizations. Andy was chosen as a Pioneer in the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka’s Re-imagine Learning Challenge. The Pioneers are educator-innovators using the transformative power of play to unlock learning and development benefits in young thinkers. Andy is an active member of the Maker Education community. He was invited to be a member of Harvard’s University’s Agency By Design maker education learning community. He is a contributor to Make Magazine, writing about maker education. Andy is also on the Maker Ed makerspace playbook working group, which produces guides for people setting up new makerspaces.
As a public speaker, Andy has inspired thousands of educators and social innovators at conferences all over the world including Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London England. He has also taught programming, Arduino, web development and other topics to adults as a teacher at the International Academy of Design and as a visiting lecturer at the International Space University. Andy founded Dimentians, a successful web development firm celebrating its 20th anniversary in the spring of 2015.
Marianne Mader, Co-Founder STEAMLabs
The spirit of making lies at the heart of science, innovation, and creativity! Marianne knows firsthand – as a planetary scientist Marianne strives to enable space exploration and to engage the public in this endeavor. With over 10 years of field experience, Marianne has studied some of the oldest rocks on Earth in Greenland, explored impact craters across the globe, and most recently collected meteorites in Antarctica. She has collaborated with UWO’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, CSA, NASA, and MDA (Canada’s largest space company) to plan and execute simulated lunar and planetary exploration missions, as well as developing insights into planetary impact cratering processes.
She has led numerous national events highlighting Canadian space expertise and public engagement including: Chairing the 2008 Canadian Space Summit, Co-Organizing Canada’s first SpaceUp (unconference) in 2012, Co-Organizing and Co-Creating the Toronto NASA Youth Space Challenge, 2013, and organizing and curating the International Space Education Board 2014 Public Outreach Event, 65th International Astronautical Conference.
Marianne is completing her PhD in Planetary Science and has MScs in both Space Studies and Earth Sciences. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the International Space University. In 2013 she was awarded a US Antarctic Service Medal for her participation in the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program. In 2009 she was in the final 1% of candidates for the Canadian astronaut selection process.
STEAMLabs is a continuation of her passion for exploration by using technology to enable creativity and seeing dreams come to life as creations! More about Marianne at www.mariannemader.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mariannemader
Risks and challenges
As with any new makerspace, the biggest challenge for STEAMLabs will be keeping our construction on schedule. We plan to open the doors of our new space by Summer 2015. There's a lot of work to do—walls to build, furniture to make, lighting to mount—but we have a capable team and supportive community in place to make it happen!
We are working closely with an all-star cast of Designers, Architects, Engineers, and Project Managers at the Centre for Social Innovation to ensure that the renovations stay on track and we make the space as accessible as possible. We have also secured another workshop space on an upper floor in the same building for the summer, in case renovations are not quite completed by the end of June.
We have conducted extensive research on the best tools and equipment to order. Co-Founder Andy Forest is a member the Maker Ed Makerspace Playbook working group, which produces guides for people setting up new makerspaces. He literally lives and breaths this stuff!
Once our campaign is funded the orders will go in for our equipment! We have some rewards that require use of our new equipment (e.g., laser cutting and CNC machine). We have set generous timelines (Fall, 2015). We feel that this will provide adequate time for receiving the new equipment, set-up, and creation of reward items.
We'll be sure to include you in our project by thoroughly documenting the construction process with videos, photos, and blog posts you can easily find on our website and social media. So if something unexpected does happen you'll be the first to know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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