Lynhaven Makerspace Proposal

Objectives:

Provide Lynhaven with a functional makerspace that supports hands-on education across all ages. Create opportunities for the community to create the space to facilitate learning, ownership, personal investment and long term sustainability. Create a space that is flexible and improvable as the Lynhaven community grows and evolves the space.

 


The Proposal

 

Following the spirit of iteration and innovation, we propose a truly modular space.  A space that can adapt to any teacher and any class’s needs and structures that can be easily copied, assembled or disassembled as the community learns more about its wants and needs.  Everything is on wheels and can be rearranged to meet the needs of the students on the fly. We’ve also designed rolling tool/storage walls that will hold whiteboards for brainstorming and a wide variety of maker materials for teacher and student use.

In hopes of encouraging the makerspace to spread outdoors, or to other classrooms, everything is designed with a max depth of 30 inches, allowing every part of the makerspace to roll through any doorway if needed.

We recommend a french cleat system because of its expandability and flexibility. This system can be adapted to hold all kinds of things ranging from power tools, to gardening equipment, and an abundance of up-cycled supplies from RAFT.

Lastly, we understand that Lynhaven serves a wide range of ages. To serve the community’s youngest, we have included lower height rolling tables. The lower tables nest underneath the larger tables for convenient storage when expanding or clearing the space.


 

Visual Overview

Primary Space

In one version you see a space with all the tables out and ready for a large group of students.  In another you see all the tables and storage pushed to the side to allow for work on the ground, movement, or work on larger projects.  See the attached flythrough for an even closer look at the set up.

 

 

 


 

Items to Create



Rolling Storage:

Given the modular nature of the space being created, we’ve designed modular storage to match.  Each shelf can be removed so that objects of all different heights can be stored. These are deep and wide enough for most art or maker projects. 



Rolling Tables:

Tables need to support work both inside and outside of the maker space. Mounting them on heavy-duty total locking casters will allow them to travel in and out of the space freely, while also giving them the ability to be extremely stable when they need to be stable for student and teacher work. We have designed the tables at a sitting height (30” and 24”).



Rolling Storage, Display and Whiteboard Walls:

They are both designed with a french cleat system to maximize the amount of tool and supply storage available to the school. The goal with these is to change the nature of supply presentation and clean up, showing students exactly what materials are available, and exactly where they go during clean up.  The french cleat system also maximized modularity, allowing teachers to change what materials and tools are on display and how they are displayed.  The walls are on wheels allowing for small groups to utilize them independently, or they can be used by the whole class.


 

Community Involvement:

We propose a weekend event starting at 10am running till 4pm. Parents and students who come in the morning will be trained on power tool use and safety (primarily drills). From there we break out into teams and each team takes one the building of different projects. Pieces are mostly pre-cut and ready for assembly. Blueprints and guidance are provided by us. We will also engage kids, parents and faculty whenever they have their own idea for how to improve the space or the building process. Additionally, we will set up a free registration event that will allow us to place the event under our own insurance envelope and allow us to get waivers for tool use signed by parents.

Date for community co-creation event:

April 15th