I hate to say it, but I think we've gone off the tracks. We've lost our can-do attitude. We are a generation who would rather buy something than make it. Who would rather throw something away than fix it. More kids are swinging Wii remotes than hammers, and the venerable soap box derby has been completely displaced by Mariokart.
Is this something that we are going to stand for, or are we going to fight it?
The Diyode-Guelph Hackerspace Proposal:
Here's our idea: Build a space for makers, artists, and crafters to access tools that they would not normally have access to. Make it kid-friendly, with activities to spark interest in electronics, machine building and practical problem solving. Give people of any age the tools, the confidence, the advice, and the excitement to build and invent things themselves. Create a wonderland of possibilities and a community to match, then set it free and see what it produces.
We're just in the early stages of thinking about getting started here, and looking for anyone who would want to be involved to contribute in any way possible. If you are interested, click on the Join Community button at the top of the page. That will put you on the mailing list, give you access to this wiki, and help us start the ball rolling.
What Are We
Notes about the upcoming Arduino Tutorials: Poster One Poster Two
Ducks that need to be in a row:
Funding and Contributions
Other useful stuff
Where To Buy Stuff
If you have any questions, contact email@example.com