NEWMARKET -- Newmakeit is the brainchild of Ryan Dibisch and Derrol Salmon.
On August. 6 and 7, people came from all over to experience the Hackerspace event hosted by the Newmakeit group.
Children and adults alike came to discover how to make something old new again. For a monthly membership fee, entrepreneurs can use their equipment to make prototypes of a product.
Newmakeit is the largest facility of its kind in Southern Ontario and the only one in York Region. They have a complete wood and metal shop, computer numerical control machines, a laser cutter, and 3-D printers for their members to use.
Newmakeit has a classroom in which they teach people what is involved in running their own business from marketing and sales, to manufacturing a product.
If you need an office for your business they have a solution for you. They offer free internet access, parking, photocopying and scanning, as well as mail management and meeting rooms. York Small Business Enterprise Centre has collaborated with Newmakeit to help people who want to start their own business.
They are also partnering with private and public schools in which the students can come to their facility to learn hands on how to use their machines and equipment.
If your child has a love for math or science, it is a great way for them to understand how products work by taking them apart and using their components to make something new.
The Newmakeit group also works very closely with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to help children discover how things work by taking apart old laptops, computers or cell phones.
STEM Minds is run by Janet Arnold and Anu Bidani, both women are committed to teaching children about technology. They run workshops every Saturday in which child can think up and create their own inventions.
Check out www.newmakeit.com for upcoming workshops, and visit www.stemminds.com to learn about STEM.