The Maker Garden Launches Its Crowdfunding & Sponsorship Campaign To Build Durham Region’s First Full Makerspace

Whitby, Ontario – October 3rd, 2016 – The Maker Garden is a newly-formed, not-for-profit organization, seeking to raise $15,000 through donations, membership pre-sales, and corporate sponsorship, to launch its first Makerspace in Durham Region.

So far, it has received equipment donations, including a milling machine, computers, a 3-D printer, and has garnered overwhelming support and interest from individuals and organizations in the community.

Makerspaces provide a rich environment for exploring and growing minds. They promote and develop technical skills, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, as members thrive in friendly, social environments, with state-of-the-art workshop facilities.

“65% of today’s 2nd graders will work in jobs that don’t exist today” (2012 U.S. Department of Labor Report). Realizing and understanding that the future is unpredictable, we must teach the necessary skills for success in any environment, through perseverance, hard work, and grit. Failure has this incredible ability to lure success. We must allow failure, and teach the skills necessary to build on those failures and improve design.

The Maker Garden has strategically partnered with Spark Centre (Durham’s leading Incubator organization) and Autodesk (Global leader of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software). With a goal of having several locations throughout Durham Region, The Maker Garden plans to offer workspace, access to tools, workshops, instruction, and training for people of all ages and skill levels, to build whatever they can dream.

In addition to offering a collaborative workspace, The Maker Garden will offer programs based on STEAM education, community innovation, the arts, and Design-Thinking Principles. By teaching these basic principles, members will have the capacity to approach challenges with the skills necessary to design, prototype and create projects like never before.

“Just like a vegetable garden, we provide the best possible environment for development and growing.” says Justin Riley, President of The Maker Garden. “Through our programs, Makerspaces and community of learners, we hope to promote education efforts to accelerate the Maker movement and STEAM education in Schools across Canada, and to foster future generations of innovators.


Justin Riley

[email protected]


Whitby, Ontario

Ph: 289-356-1080

Twitter: @themakergarden   Facebook: The Maker Garden


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