SPEC connections – Brooks & Region MAKERSPACE


We are here to teach & engage youth!

Brooks & Region MAKERSPACE is programming designed for youth 10 years old  . . . to adult!  (under 10 with adult supervision and parent consent)

On Facebook:  @BrooksMakerspace


Makerspace is:

  • A place for Making, Creating, Collaborating, Learning, and Sharing.
  • A Collaborative work space for inventing, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.
  • Open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and has a variety of Maker equipment including 3D Printers, Virtual Reality, Coding Programs, basic Robotics, CNC Machines, and Soldering Irons.
  • A Makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a Makerspace. If you have cardboard Legos and art supplies you’re in business.
  • It’s more of the Maker’s mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a Makerspace.

These spaces are also helping to prepare those individuals who will have to possess the critical 21st century skillset in the scientific, technology, engineering and mathematical fields. STEM (technology, science) and STEAM (arts) will combine in this space where the two very important passions will bring the participants together to create something beautiful and see it come to life. Friendships, passions, and new skillsets are what we hope to achieve through the Makerspace. They provide hands on learning to help build critical thinking skills, and boost self-confidence through honing their abilities.  Some of the skills that will be learned in the Makerspace that pertain to electronics include 3D Printing, 3D Modeling, Coding, Robotics, and Visual Arts.

Makerspaces foster entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators, and accelerators for business startups and will help to generate new jobs for a better future in our community.


YOUTH 10 - ADULT!
Kids under 10 accompanied by a parent

REACHING GOALS



FREE & FUN ACTIVITIES

VOLUNTEERING



SKILL BUILDING

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION



PROGRAM HISTORY

Brooks and Region MAKERSPACE

As our world evolves our economies change rapidly –  new computer-based platforms, applications, products and services will do away with more traditional forms of employment, transportation and communication. We need to be innovative so that we, and future generations, are not economically left behind. As a result, our educational institutions are recommending that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs start in elementary grades. In Alberta, this translates into extensive curriculums that integrate math and science with hands-on learning experiences and problem solving activities using technology. Thus, youth and young adults need a variety of education and employment opportunities and supports to prepare them for the future. These opportunities and supports often come in the form of out-of-school activities. Grasslands Regional FCSS’ Quality of Life Study (2014) and Newell Region Youth Community Action Plan (YCAP) (2016) found that these supports are lacking in the Newell Region. The latter study also identified that youth in the region suffer from stress, depression, anxiety, bullying, loneliness, etc., and providing out-of-school activities can alleviate these issues. The Brooks and County of Newell MakerSpace’s intention is to fill the gaps in the education and employment opportunities in the Region, while simultaneously addressing the mental health issues identified by our youth.

Youth will be prepared for the future through mentorship and skill-building.


A MakerSpace provides just that, a space for participants to make things. It follows a learn-by-doing model. The MakerSpace will pilot a variety of high-tech learning opportunities, programs, workshops, and competitions where youth can come together under one roof and integrate science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) with the real world. The ability for youth to acquire and apply their knowledge to real world circumstances under one roof with their peers and mentors builds comradery and motivation that can alleviate mental health issues they deal with on a daily basis.

MakerSpace programs, classes, workshops, etc. will run daily from 3pm to close.. As momentum builds more programming will be added throughout the week.

There is a substantial amount of research that links out-of-school programming and activities with decreased rates of depression, stress, anxiety, etc. When conducting their youth survey (which lead to YCAP), Grasslands Regional FCSS discovered links between a lack of youth out-of-school activities and stress, depression, anxiety, bullying, loneliness and other mental health issues. Given the amount of previous research conducted on these links, including a local example, a dedicated space for out-of-school activities, namely the Brooks and Region MAKERSPACE, is a means to solving these problems and will also contribute to an innovative economy for the Newell Region, preparing youth for future careers.


Ecces, J.S. and J. Templeton. 2002. Extracurricular and Other After-School Activities for Youth. Review of Research in Education 26: 113-180.

Fredricks, J.A. and J.S Eccles. 2008. Participation in Extracurricular Activities in the Middle School Years: Are There Developmental Benefits for African American and European American Youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 37:9 1029-1043

Happening at Brooks & Region MAKERSPACE:

  • Sharks Den
  • Container Garden Project
  • Drones
  • Virtual Reality Coding
  • D&D-Gaming with Friends
  • Minecraft
  • Summer Camps
  • Robotics


ACTIVITIES

Collaborative team building- working together to pool resources, share ideas and come up with activities that the youth of the region can all enjoy. Some of the activities:

  • Robotics
  • Drones
  • Virtual Reality
  • Sharks Den Camps
  • Gaming with Friends
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Container Gardening
  • Summer Camps
  • and more creative  projects!

Thank you to the many volunteers for their time and talents shared with all of us.  We couldn’t do it without you!   April 2017-March 2018 had over 3,000 volunteer hours!  Wow!

VOLUNTEERING/SERVICE LEARNING

We welcome idea’s and partnerships with other organizations.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

As the councils go through the process of organizing activities and events they can learn about existing community and regional resources and how to research to reach their goals.


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CONNECT WITH THE NEWELL YOUTH ACTION NETWORK!


FACEBOOK GROUP

@newellyouthactionnetwork

INSTAGRAM

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SPEC CONNECTIONS FUNDED BY

*  In addition, your charitable donations/investments help us to maintain and enhance Connections programs that support youth. Your donations directly support program operations of the Brooks and Region MAKERSPACE.