When Richard(Rick) Boor launched Ready Set Make in March of 2017, he decided from day one that RSM would get involved in the community. Ready Set Make fosters a strong sense of social responsibility as can be construed from its list of values below:
Here are just a few examples of how Ready Set Make gets involved in our community:
Ready Set Make’s primary collaborative vehicle is its weekly maker meetup that it hosts every Friday evenings from 6 – 8PM. As part of RSM’s Open Innovation initiatives, ‘Friday Night Maker Meetup‘ is drop-in and open to the public. It’s an opportunity for creative individuals to get together and share knowledge, skills and discuss Worldly topics in a relaxed setting. Please check out our facebook page for a full rundown on past meetups.
Ready Set Make collaborates with Mackenzie Community School to accept high school students through the co-op placement program. The students get to explore a variety of skills such as Prototyping and Product Development, 3D Design and Printing, Electronics and Soldering, Graphic Design, and much more.
A new robotics club was launched at Mackenzie Community School as a result of Ready Set Make’s collaborative efforts. Connections were made with the local Professional Engineers of Ontario(PEO) and Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists(OACETT) chapters. This collaboration allowed for a concerted effort to provide much needed resources to get the project off the ground.
Ready Set Make was approached by the Town of Deep River to assist them with their summer science camp program. The town was eager to include a computer programming event as part of their science curriculum. Ready Set Make with resources from PEO, OACETT and volunteers from its maker community, was able to provide this support. The kids were challenged to write software, wire an electronic circuit and program an Arduino to interact with them in the real World.
Ready Set Make has hosted a number of free public workshops in our local community. Topics such as ‘Introduction to 3D Printing’ and ‘Introduction to Raspberry PI’ were very well attended and enjoyed by all.