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Makerspaces are those amazing new places where you can get together and share knowledge, tools and projects — and build community! Lot’s of things are happening in makerspaces all around the Greater Houston Area, and supporting businesses are emerging to help you tackle anything from learning how to code and 3D print — to building products that can actually go to market. Makerspaces are now appearing in libraries around Houston, and many schools are beginning to implement makerspace-based education including some elements of makerspaces right within the school. Makerspaces are great places to see and experience the “joy of making” all year round, and many are involved in outstanding community-service activities you’ll want to know about. Learn about all this and more at Houston Mini Maker Faire! Exhibits include:
- Children’s Museum of Houston: The Chevron-Houston Texans Maker Annex is a place for children to invent, construct and showcase their work, with access to a wide range of tools and education experiences.
- Creativity Shell: a brand new makerspace in Kingwood, Creativity Shell focuses on sewing and community service. A special focus is projects for girls.
- Creatorspace: a busy hive of maker activity for the NASA area, this community is always ready to help you get started.
- DaVinci Maker Labs: a new makerspace coming soon to Alvin.
- Evelyn Meador Library (HCPL), Seabrook: a great library where you can 3D print.
- Fort Bend County Libraries: you can 3D print at many of these friendly facilities!
- HCC West Houston Institute: representing a bold vision of leading-edge service to students and the community, this amazing facility will open in Spring 2017. If you’re a maker, inventor, artisan, engineer or entrepreneur, you’ll want to know about this large well-equipped makerspace.
- Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab at HCPL Freeman Branch Library: located in the NASA JSC area, this facility is the prototype for makerspaces in community libraries.
- Katy Makerspace: great capability, great community, convenient access, west side — need we say more?
- MakerBarn: a great place to mix real-world making with country spirit — lot’s of great things happen here!
- MakerHealth at UTMB Health: this is the first makerspace in a hospital in the US! A brilliant combination of capability and opportunity capture for primary-care givers, it represents real innovation in health tech and part of the MakerHealth family of programs.
- MakrU Bus: this fun well-equipped rolling makerspace can come to you! Teachers and educators seeking a quick start to the maker education experience should get to know the MakrU Bus.
- Neighborhood Centers: the largest community service organization in Houston sees the potential of the Maker Movement too. Come talk with them about their plans.
- Proto Makerspace: another one of the excellent community-based makerspaces around the Houston area, this one serves the North side, especially around Spring and The Woodlands. A special focus is projects for kids and girls.
- Techno Chaos: if you want to design a makerspace for a school, library or community organization, Techno Chaos has the maker education experience to help you succeed!
- TX-RX Labs: the largest hackerspace (aka “makerspace”) in Texas and the oldest in Houston, TX-RX has an abundance of tools, resources and community to help you get started on just about anything
- Various Schools: many schools around the Greater Houston Area have internal makerspaces for use by students and teachers. Several will be proudly showing examples at Maker Faire!