Morland MakerSpace Institute
Maker spaces are becoming very popular in the US and abroad. As the fluid dynamics of our economy and infrastructure change, makerspace community labs fill a void in bringing technology, and the education to use it, to the general population.
The Morland MakerSpace Institute (MMSI) is a non-profit project fiscally sponsored by the School Factory and was founded by the American Charitable Relief Land Trust. MMSI purchased the old Morland High School and has converted the facility into a makerspace. They have over 60 sister projects throughout the USA. MMSI is the first rural experiment. Mac Carpeli has served as its Trustee since 2001, and is also the Outreach Director for the Morland, Kansas based project.
MMSI provides technical education and hands on learning opportunities in the applied arts and advanced sciences; in such a way that fosters the pursuit of higher education, rural business incubation and entrepreneurship.
Their community lab and classes are structured for maximum learning and development of technical capabilities. The following sessions are now being offered for high school aged children:
· Introduction to Robotics – VEX Team Challenge
· Applied Computer Arts – Game Programming
By mid-2014, MMSI hopes to complete its “Junior Explorers” classrooms to accommodate pre-school through middle school students.
Sessions at MMSI are always free, but availability is reliant on donations.
As an outreach program for the needy, the MakerSpace is currently offering free diabetic lancets and glucose test strips to individuals without Health Insurance. Supplies are limited. First come, first serve.
Morland MakerSpace Institute is located at 205 East Main Street in Morland, Kansas. For more information please call (785) 627-8408 or go to their website: www.MorlandMakerSpace.com. Hours of operation are by appointment only. To see a video of MMSI projects and operation, please go to: http://goo.gl/Syqt5Z
The young gentlemen in the picture are 2 MMSI volunteers: Blake St.James (Left) Aleff Nascimento (right) The picture is of their booth at the Nextech Career fair held Nov 6 at Stockton High School.
The Morland MakerSpace Institute is a proud member of the Hill City Area Chamber of Commerce.