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Fab Lab MastertonMember number: 6501
Renewal date: 1st June, 2022
Phone: +64 27 358 4751
Business Categories: Community Services & Associations
A Fab Lab (or makerspace) is a hub for digital fabrication technology for the whole community. Our citizens, schools and businesses and can bring their ideas, problems and curiosity to the Fab Lab in open sessions (Fridays 1-5pm). and directed workshops. Existing businesses can develop new ideas, and new businesses are born and incubated in Fab Labs. It starts with any and all people finding stuff out by making things.
Fab Labs contain 3D printers, laser cutters, computer-controlled routers, electronics & coding capability, with both in-house expertise and on-tap from our global network. Our Fab Lab is a little unique. It‘s the first (and only) in a provincial area of New Zealand. Its power is in the serendipitous meetings of experts, educators, entrepreneurs and citizen problem solvers.
There are 1200+ Fab Labs in the world (fablabs.io). The first Fab Lab opened in 2000 at MIT in Boston, USA. Fab Labs share information and expertise openly. It’s about unlocking the secrets of what we CONSUME, and being the next CREATORS of it.
Fab Lab Masterton began life in the historic Wairarapa Times Age Building on the Masterton Town Square (kudos David Borman). From April 2016 its focus was curriculum-aligned STEAM learning for students and teachers negotiating the new NZ digital curriculum. For Wairarapa’s 45 schools Fab Lab continues to provide this service both in booked sessions and through casual, drop-in korero.
Fab Lab’s hub moved in 2017 to UCOL Wairarapa Campus (kudos Maria McKenzie), and to Lakeview School in 2018 (kudos Tim Nelson). Its hub is now hosted and funded by Masterton District Council next to the Library in Queen Street. Its co-founders are Kirsten Browne and John Hart. Its core activities are conducted by a cast of experts led by Tamara and Vik Olliver.