Can-do spirit key to the maker movement in New Hampshire
Bill Church shows a small computer board that can be built for less than $100 from open source instructions on the Internet. (DEBRA THORNBLAD PHOTO)
Bill Church, owner of White Mountain Science in Bethlehem, held a workshop at Berlin WREN to explain what the movement is about. It was well-attended by people who are crafters, people interested in making their own technology equipment and teachers considering fitting this into their curriculum.
In New York City, a Hall of Science has taken over an old World's Fair building, and it's visited by thousands. Maker Fairs have been held in London and San Francisco. In New Hampshire, Church said he knows of two maker spaces, Make It in Nashua and Port City Maker's Space in Portsmouth.
"Having Bill come in brought up this whole new ideas of maker space," Cooper said. "We can see that this dovetails with the WREN mission."
Laura Jamison, in charge of the Berlin office, has been running classes she's labeled the "Maker Series." They have included art classes, classes on cooking, soap making, music, writing, natural living, marketing and computer programming.
They don't think the church building would be conducive to that use and are looking around and are considering a couple of spaces on Main Street. They want space for different uses, such as a commercial kitchen, some industrial/mechanical space and space for artists.
Making things is not new, Church said. The new piece is the collaboration between makers in different disciplines.
"What would happen if you put a welder together with a potter?" Church said.
On the technology side, the trend toward open sourcing — in which coding and specifications for software and other technology is shared and improved upon — has helped products become cheaper.
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