At Mt. Elliott Makerspace, we’re growing a network of makers — creative people with vision, practical skills and determination — to make a better world for ourselves and our communities. We offer a variety of fun, multidisciplinary learning experiences to enable Makers to discover and develop their passions. Based on the interests and passions of our community in southeast Detroit, we group our learning experiences into seven concentrations:
- Electricity & Energy
- Design & Fabrication
- Food & Wellness
- Music & Arts
Our workshop formats are designed to meet the varied interests, skills and availability of community members. Through peer learning, knowledge building workshops and entrepreneurial product and service explorations, our Makers develop skills related to:
- Complex Problem Solving
- Self & Community Reliance
- Courage & Persistence
- Project Management
We investigate the things that help us get around. Examples include human-powered and alternative-energy-powered vehicles, bicycles, and bicycle trailers.
Electricity & Energy
We explore objects and systems that involve electricity and electronics. Examples include consumer electronics repair, programming microcontrollers, and alternative energy systems.
We learn about the tools and systems we use to share knowledge and express ourselves. Examples include computers, wireless networks, audio/video production, social networking, and programming.
We experiment with the things that we wear. Examples include screenprinted, recycled clothing, CNC embroidery, accessories, and wearable electronics.
Design & Fabrication
We transform ideas into physical objects. Examples include life-size tinker toys, furniture, CAD models, and 3D-printed items.
Food & Wellness
We create tasty, healthy foods and promote active living. Examples include making yummy and good-for-you snacks, organizing Zumba workshops, and going on group bike tours.
Music & Arts
We express our experiences and emotions in a wide variety of forms. Examples include audio/video production, puppetry, marbled papermaking, and multimedia performances.
A SprintShop is a 15 minute - 3 hour workshop that serves as a brief introduction to maker skills. These “sprints” provide quick learning experiences for those who are interested in getting a taste of the Makerspace. SprintShop examples include repairing bikes, making wind turbines, hacking electronic musical instruments, learning to solder, and creating stop motion animations.
An AwesomeShop is a series of intensive workshops designed to develop deeper maker skills and knowledge through various project-based learning experiences. An AwesomeShop typically meets 2 hours per week for 8-10 weeks during the Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring, and Summer. AwesomeShop examples include bike rebuilding, microcontroller programming, 2D/3D CAD, screenprinting, graphic design, and basic electronic audio synthesis.
OpenShop is unstructured workshop time where makers may tinker and experiment freely with the tools and materials of the Makerspace. Makers may work on existing AwesomeShop projects, or explore independent interests. Although there is no formal instruction during OpenShop, facilitators are available to inspire and coach Makers by proposing new projects, discussing ideas, or offering assistance.
products + services
In an effort to build our community’s entrepreneurial savvy, we offer goods and services as they relate to our learning concentrations. This may involve production, sale, repair, and customization that fits our interests and community demand.
- Audio and consumer electronics
- Computers and IT services
- Screenprinted clothing and accessories
- Design and build services
- Fruit, vegetables and prepared foods
- Art and music
- Offsite SprintShops and custom maker learning experiences
what to expect
The Makerspace is an experiment. We test new ideas and methods for community learning and entrepreneurship, and we expect to fail at least as often as we succeed. We continue to evolve as we uncover community assets, understand our strengths and weaknesses, witness the results of our experiments, and receive community feedback. Our Makerspace may never offer everything for everyone, but we will grow carefully and organically in hopes of meeting as many needs and expectations as possible.