There is a place in Conway’s newly built Donaghey Hall (UCA’s multi-purpose living/retail building) that is said to be a "place to put ideas into reality." Those words were spoken by Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the launch party, September 5, for the Makerspace.
Powered by the Conductor, Makerspace has a mission to be: a collaborative, interdisciplinary work space with tools to prototype concepts, make new things, and take ideas to the next level. The Makerspace is a free, shared space open to people of all ages, from all disciplines. The space is equipped with six 3D printers, a laser cutter,CNC machine, routers and other digital fabrication tools, and offers Maker Trainings, classes, access to expert mentors and top-of-the-line equipment to cater to the central Arkansas community.
Speaking of all ages, Sharon Cone, Media Specialist for Ida Burns Elementary brought a group of students to the launch party to see another "makerspace." Ida Burns has a designated makerspace in their own elementary and Ms. Cone wanted her students to get a first hand look at what UCA is offering in way of their Makerspace! The children unanimously agreed that UCA’s Makerspace by far was the better of the two spaces. Although, the purple tractor seating could have had something to do with that!
This space is free to the public, students and community members alike. All they ask is that one attends a free training session. Maker Training workshops are hosted every Thursday 5-6pm. Reservations are required. Go to http://www.arconductor.org/makerspace /for more information.
As you can imagine, UCA’s president, Dr. Houston Davis is very proud to welcome the Makerspace to campus. This space is truly a destination where you will see the arts, sciences, liberal arts, tech, and entrepreneurship merge to create a stronger Conway, a stronger Arkansas by filling in the gaps and in his words, "providing a way to harness potential."
On the Calendar:
• September 14, 5-6 p.m., Maker Training: Makerspace, 250 Donaghey Avenue #130
• Make your own Fidget Spinner, September 16, 10 a.m.-1p.m.: Makerspace, 250 Donaghey Avenue #130 (Ages 8-16)
• 3D Sculpting Mud Workshop, September 16 at 10 a.m., contact Moore’s Art Supplies and More for information.
• September 22 — Conway Symphony Orchestra — Community Concert 7:30 p.m. Simon Park, bring your lawn chairs.
• ArtsFest is coming up October 7, check out https://artsinconway.nationbuilder.com