MilieuxMake is the natural habitat of Education Makers. It is the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology makerspace at Concordia University. This makerspace is a third space, in-between the academic lab space and the public sphere, where members of the Milieux community can be found designing, innovating and tinkering with disruptive and open-source technologies.
MilieuxMake is a Milieux commons where we can also stumble-upon members of any of the other research clusters. In the Milieux ecosystem, there are several advanced makers, but the mission of Education Makers is to provide a welcoming environment for novices who wish to engage in maker activities. This is why Education Makers host their public talks, their informal maker jams and their workshops at MilieuxMake.
MilieuxMake has several workstations to accommodate maker-led activities.
There is a 3D printing dedicated space with five open-source homegrown 3D printers (see the «Machines » section below) that Education Makers have built, modified and improved.
The workbench has manual tools, a drillpress, rotary tools and a variety of powertools that are available for special projects.
The sewing machine station is available for small sewing projects and for embedded wearable electronics.
The soldering and electronics station has all the equipment to fabricate basic electronic circuits or to repair them.
The computer programming station offers two computers with Linux-based operating systems (Elementary OS and Raspian). There are several single board computers available, such as Arduino, Onion Omega, Raspberry Pi, Orange Pi, Adafruit Feather) and sensors of all kinds for specific projects or just to try things out.
There are three clusters of tables for collaborative projects and four desks for individual work.
Education Makers also have access to a smaller, child friendly, makerspace in the Participatory Media cluster of the Milieux Institute. This makerspace is ideal for intergenerational groups wanting to work on projects together. It has some manual tools as well as materials for younger makers (popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, paint, markers, white glue, recycled materials).
The 3D printers found in MilieuxMake have been carefully built, modified and improved by the Education Makers who have adopted the machines as members of their team. Education Makers have written bios for each 3D printer so that visitors can learn about their story.
Makers in Residence
There are four desks for longer projects that require constant access to the makerspace equipment. To obtain access to a desk, members of the Milieux community must contact Marc Beaulieu [email protected]