We are gathering a community of Battle Creek makers. Those that love to tinker, create, discuss, and ferment ideas about how to make Battle Creek a more interesting place and more humbly, work on interesting stuff just because. As Max Planck, the father of quantum theory said,
“I have always felt that we all must have a vivid intuitive imagination, for new ideas are not generated by deduction, but by artistically creative imagination.”
Join us – register on this website or RSVP to a meeting.
Our meetings will be a place where we gather to talk, create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. The intent is to celebrate the culture of invention (creating something new) and reinvention (creating something out of other things). We believe in making in all its forms (both digital and physical) and value creativity, ingenuity, and imagination over mass-produced, assembly-line, normal.
Everyone is welcome, whether beginner or professional, digital artist or physical creator, tinkerer or machine shop expert. We are all on a journey of learning and each of us can foster that learning in others.
There will be two types of meetings:
Meet the Makers meeting;
In a typical meet the makers gathering will go around the room and everyone will give a 5 minute elevator pitch introducing themselves to the group and sharing a little about what they are working on or learning about. Then we break up and people are free to talk about and further explore each other’s projects.
Community Build meeting;
In a typical community build meeting we will choose to focus on one particular type of project while trying to not limit anyone’s creative output. These gatherings are open to everyone but are usually held in a more private environment (like a member’s workshop). For example, we may hold a community build for cardboard sleds (conveniently near the time of the BC MAMS sled race). The type of sled you design and build is completely up to you. You, however, have the chance to benefit from the help and expertise of the group as you work on it.
We hope that in the future we find other ways of bringing together engineers with artists and programmers and robotics enthusiasts and … We hope to find permanent space to house shared tools and resources … We hope to cultivate a culture of learning and creativity that explodes into all areas of life in our community.