We’ve decided on a location for the Makerspace. It will be in the Muir Building, which is on the west side of campus, on the second floor in Room 206. The room is a hair over 340 square feet, and used to be a computer lab when a previous school occupied the space. The sturdy, built-in counters will provide a stable platform for the 3D printers and laser cutter. They are also at a good height for computer work stations and for tinkering while seated.
Here are some photos of the raw space with some leftover evidence of all the hard work our parent volunteers were doing for our annual auction a couple weeks ago.
There are a few other reasons why this room is ideal. Since the windows are on the south wall, there’s an abundance of natural light. The island in the middle of the room is ideal for students working face-to-face together. Also the space beneath the counters will be good places for quick access storage containers. Power outlets are abundant throughout the space, but we still have to check that we have enough power and circuits to prevent overloads. Finally, the doors to adjacent rooms leave open the possibility to expand the Makerspace in the future.
To help figure out where everything is going to go, we’ve created a floor plan of the room using iDraw.
Of course, this will evolve over time, but for now we plan to put the 3D printers and laser cutter on the south counter. The laser cutter in particular needs to vent to the outside, so being close to the window is important.