Education Makers created a makerspace with staff and youth from Maison des Jeunes inside the board room of Chalet Kent in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood. The goal of the project was to create a safe space where youth can come create, innovate, fix things, create 3D models and 3D print them. They have a variety of hand tools available, two 3D printers and computers.
This project is funded under the Partnership Engage Grant program (SSHRC). The goal is to pursue two specific objectives: 1) build local expertise and a makerspace with facilitators and youth from MdJ, in order to enhance the youth’s intrinsic motivation, and 2) create channels for knowledge exchange and knowledge mobilization between youth from MdJ-CdN and the Concordia University maker community, so that we can produce a successful model of a community-university partnership that we can use in a larger partnership.
Ann-Louise DavidsonAssociate Professor | Concordia University Research Chair in Maker Culture
Karl-André St-VictorCommunity partner
Nathalie DuponselPhD student in Education
Giuliana CucinelliAssociate Professor
Sylvain DurocherTechno-Artistic Fabrication Professional
Karl-André St-Victor is the Director of Chalet Kent, a non-for-profit organization where youth members and adults can actively work on creating a safer-space for youth between ages 11 and 18. He writes: Our raison d’être is to create an inclusive environment built on the foundation of respect, critical thinking, and open communication. Chalet Kent is an extension of our diverse support system, located in the neighbourhood Côte-des-Neiges. Most notably, I am what I stand for, in my career as well as in my life as an individual, a father, a son, a partner and a friend.
Giuliana Cucinelli is an associate professor in the Educational Technology program within the Department of Education. She is co-director of the Communities and Differential Mobilities research cluster of Concordia’s Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, and Technology. Cucinelli’s research-creation program focuses on the social, cultural and educational impacts of technology.
Sylvain Durocher is a teacher and a skilled tradesperson. He works with a variety of materials, ranging from wood to cement and metal, which he re-mixes with electromechanic and other mechanical harmonies. He mixes the process of creation and design to give shape, character and usability to material.