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If You’re Looking for a Makerspace that Fits You

the-crucible-100050674-largeWe’re very happy to share a new resource at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire site… A new RESOURCES page. To start the page off, we’re sharing an East Bay Makerspace directory that one of the East Bay Mini Maker Faire team members, Sagit Betser, pulled together.

Many of these makerspaces will be in residence on Sunday, October 20th at the fair.  Ace Monster Toys, Hacker Scouts, NIMBY, Rock Paper Scissors, American Steel, The Crucible, Counterculture Labs, and Mothership HackerMoms will all be at tables or doing demos throughout the fair.  But if you miss them, you can return to this list and find out when the next open house or workshop is—or to find others that for one reason or the other won’t have a booth.

The East Bay has a wealth of these spaces offering workshop space, shared sets of tools, and ongoing opportunities for making.  But it took Sagit’s research on the Maker Movement to get a page to finally manifest.

When Sagit Betser moved from Israel to the United States five years ago, it didn’t take her long to discover the Maker community. And feel awed.  A chemist and mechanical engineer — as well as the mother of a 10-year-old son and six-year-old daughter — Sagit became a science teacher at a private school in New Jersey, as well as its Director of Design and Innovation. This is what led her to attend the Maker Faire New York.

One year ago, Sagit and her family moved to the East Bay. “I went to the East Bay Mini Maker Faire and loved it,” she says. “Even more than the big New York one. It has more community feeling and artistic expression.”

Today, Sagit is working on her PhD at UC Davis in education, and one of her main interests is the Maker movement. She has taken both of her kids to Oakland’s Sudo Room. She also loved attending the Mothership HackerMoms‘ Open House in Berkeley.

HackerMoms

HackerMoms hanging out at HackerMoms makerspace

If you have more information to add to the page—or her research!—find Sagit next Sunday at the Riveropolis installation  (in the Magnolia Circle). What other resources should be listed? Leave comments on the page, or tell Sagit directly at the fair!