Creative campus, extended

Sheridan’s innovative MakerSpace invites Brampton community members to try out the technology that’s changing everything.

In the words of its Director, Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design technologies (CAMDT) is “a place to play” — with ideas, with materials, and with leading-edge equipment like 3D printers and robotics technology. Now, with MakerSpace Brampton, Sheridan is extending the opportunity to play beyond its Davis Campus and into the broader Brampton community.

MakerSpace acts as a community-based innovation hub where local schools, students, inventors, developers, makers and residents can come together and collaborate while sharing tools, resources and knowledge.

Users of the facility, located in the Brampton Library, can experiment with 3D printing, play with robotics or design a renovation project — or the next CN Tower — with architectural modelling software. The project is the product of a partnership between Sheridan, Brampton Library and the City of Brampton; its goal is to support the creative economy in Brampton by engaging community groups, attracting entrepreneurs and introducing technology resources to a wider audience, thereby helping to foster the development of 21st- century job skills.

“We’re very pleased to be involved in this great project to support the creative economy in Brampton,” says Brampton City Councillor Jeff Bowman, Chair, Economic Development Committee. “Now there’s even more opportunity for the next generation of creative professionals to get interactive with technology, develop new skills, and be inspired with new entrepreneurial ideas.”

Overseen by experts from CAMDT and the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, the program is available to community members of all ages. “Our library spaces are designed to serve as broad a demographic as possible,” says Rebecca Raven, CEO of Brampton Library. “Our MakerSpace programs span all ages and interests, from young preschoolers right up to seniors. Everyone learns in different ways. Come to the MakerSpace to dig in, discover and learn by doing.”

Learning by doing is a critical component of Sheridan’s approach to education — and will prove increasingly important as the demand for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education grows. “Sheridan is doing something about the growing demand for STEM training,” says Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky. “We’re getting out to the community. We’re not just writing papers about STEM education, we’re creating places that are open to the broader community to showcase and test things like robotics, 3D printing, microelectronics; all opportunities for great careers. We’re saying to people, young and old, come try out these new technologies that are changing the world as we know it.”

 

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