What is a makerspace?
It is a well equipped space aimed at supporting local businesses, the tech-startup scene, architects, local product designers and hobby makers. It is tooled up with some very interesting equipment including very high-end 3D printers, a ceramic 3D printer, a large CNC machine (Computer Numerical Control, to make large pieces of furniture), laser cutters, a full electronics workbench, 3D scanning and electronic textile facilities.
And now we have one in Kyiv! BISU students visited it last Friday and were quite impressed.
Fab Lab Kyiv is a part of the MIT Fab Lab network and is led by a team of professionals. It hosts a number of very talented, prize winning and inspiring members, who are all very open and keen to support educational development.
Thom Conaty (Project Based Learning R&D Leader at BISU): “It is a real opportunity for our school to have such a resource on our doorstep. Not only will it inspire the development of our own makerspaces on-campus and provide the use of equipment and expertise in the interim, it also provides our students a window into their near future where design, engineering, computer science and entrepreneurship combines to drive innovation and job growth. “