In the past several months, we have been working hard to re-establish our Makerspace. New kit, toys and equipment have arrived in the past several months and we are thrilled at the new opportunities this equipment will offer to our weekly clubs.
In addition to our 3D printers and Smart Gardens displayed in the window of our space, our recent new additions include a vinyl cutter, a printing press, VR headsets, a Podcast studio and our new greenscreen room.
This technology enables our digital CLD (Community Learning and Development) team at Paisley YMCA to develop innovative and exciting projects for our young people allowing them to use these tools to open up their own creativity with guidance from our Youth Workers. It also gives them access to equipment and technology they may not be able to access from home or learning facilities. All of our clubs are focused on empowerment, building confidence, developing relationships, learning new skills and peer support.
When asked what they were most excited to use in our space, various young people responded;
“3D printer, I also want to use the greenscreen.”
“I want to make t-shirts with the vinyl cutter!”
“Making cats in the 3D printer.”
“I want to make little 3D skulls, to decorate.”
“I’m going to step out of reality. I want to look at virtual reality.”
“I love the space. I can’t wait to use VR.”
“VR is enjoyable.”
Our exciting new projects include developing our podcast studio to amplify young people’s voices, working with ReMode Youth on a Sma’-Shot animation project currently in development, creating our Jacquard Loom project in collaboration with Paisley Museum with our young people designing an exciting new game to be displayed and other exciting new projects planned with our new technology.
At Paisley YMCA, we utilise STEM learning and technology in our space in order to help young people with their personal development and expand their skillset. We are very excited to see what the future holds for our new kit and where our young people will take us with it!
Tickets for our weekly clubs are available from Eventbrite. All of our clubs are free to attend and our base is located at 39 Paisley High Street. If you have any questions or queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.