The Sooke Makerspace is open to the community! Edward Milne Community School held their grand opening on Tuesday November 27. It was hosted in partnership with the EMCS Society, School District #62 (Sooke), and United Way Greater Victoria.
The Sooke Makerspace consists of a workshop, computer and electronics lab, tech shop, and arts and crafts space. Conventional tools and equipment as well as cutting-edge technology such as 3-D printers and a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine are available for use.
Membership is $15 for drop-in, $35 month, $180 for half a year, or $300 annually. A 10-visit punch pass is also available, for $95. Volunteer opportunities also exist. Machinery training is mandatory, and will be made available to members.
The Makerspace is for people of all ages and passions in the Sooke region—DIYers, hobbyists, tinkerers, artists, budding entrepreneurs, youth, seniors or anyone curious about the latest technology. It’s a place where people can socialize, work individually or collaboratively on projects, and share skills and knowledge—all to facilitate the making of things.
This project was initiated by a small group of local residents. Seed funding was provided by a donor through United Way Greater Victoria. Any monetary donations to the makerspace will be matched by United Way Greater Victoria. Call 250-220-3875 for more details. Donations are also being accepted of good quality tools and equipment – call 250-642-6371 for details.
The Makerspace is open varying hours – check the website for upcoming workshops.
The Sooke Makerspace is a leading local example of the growing international “MAKER” movement in which tools, equipment, resources, and expertise are shared among a group of people.