One part classroom. One part tech lab. One part think tank. Totally awesome.

The MakerBus is Canada's first mobile makerspace and technology education classroom. Using our converted 1989 school bus, our goal is to bring access to technology and education to those who need it most.

Whether it's a school in a rural community, at-risk young adults with literacy barriers, or popping up at your local library, the MakerBus brings technology and education directly to our community.

 

THE MAKERBUS IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEDICATED TO EXPANDING ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION.

WE BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE WHO LOVES TO BUILD, CREATE, OR TINKER IS A MAKER. MAKERS HAVE AN ENDLESS CURIOSITY ABOUT THE WORLD AND HOW IT WORKS, LEADING THEM TO BECOME EXPLORERS AND CREATORS.

We want to empower everyone in our community to become a maker. The MakerBus is a classroom on wheels. Using a converted school bus we can bring technology, resources, and a passion for learning anywhere in our community. From 3D printing, to upcycling, to podcasting, to sewing, we want to get Londoners excited about making the amazing things that live in their imaginations into reality.

We work with community partners to deliver pop-up educational visits, teacher/librarian training, makerspace consultation, and one-of-a-kind events.

Interested in learning more about the MakerBus?

Send us an emailfollow us on twitter, or like us on Facebook - connecting with amazing Londoners is the best part of our day.

 

Why does the MakerBus exist?

The MakerBus exists to help bridge a ever-growing digital divide.

Digital Divide: n. "the gulf between those who have ready access to computers, the Internet, digital literacy education and those who do not."

“Canadian urban cities are so well connected… but a lot of the rural areas really lack even basic connectivity ... And this isn’t just the far North, this is all across, for instance, South-Western Ontario.”
Professor Anabel Quan-Hasse, Western University, 2015

The MakerBus exists to mobilize access to technology and education. By using our converted 1989 school bus, we are able to bring technology and education to communities that need it most. Even in our age of high speed internet and seemingly ubiquitous smart phones, a significant portion of our society lacks access to technology and digital literacy education.

Working with a network of libraries, schools, and literacy providers, the MakerBus hopes to help narrow this divide and to inspire everyone to learn, make, and create.

What started as a crazy idea has transformed into an award-winning social enterprise that reaches thousands.

The MakerBus was founded in 2013 by Beth Compton, Kim Martin, and Ryan Hunt while the three were working on graduate degrees at Western University.

Beth, Kim, and Ryan were all researching a different aspect of a field called "the digital humanities." This emerging field blends digital technologies with traditional humanities subjects like literature, anthropology, and the history.

The MakerBus was created as an expression in their shared interested in the digital humanities and their shared desire to create meaningful change in their community.

In less than 3 years, this crazy idea has transformed into an award-winning social enterprise that reaches thousands of people each year. The MakerBus was named one of the top-three London-area start-ups of 2015, has been featured on CBC Radio, the London Free Press, and the Globe & Mail, and has been invited to present at maker education conferences across the world.

In the Spring of 2016, the MakerBus will be undergoing its second major renovation. To see the future of the MakerBus, click on the image below to see a concept plan created by Matter Architectural Studio.

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WE ARE THRILLED THAT PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY ARE JUST AS EXCITED ABOUT THE MAKERBUS AS WE ARE.

Have a look at what blogs, newspapers, radio, and television are saying about the MakerBus - check out of archive of MakerBus stories in the press.

NEWSPAPERS

"London Students Make Big Splash With 'The Bus." - London Community News

"Want a New Way to Teach Tech in London? Get on the Bus" - London Community News

"MakerBus team hoping The Mythbusters get creative" - London Community News

"Campaign for Roving Digital Classroom Gaining Traction." - Metro News

"Breast cancer survivor turns tables on her illness and creates dress from medical supplies" - Metro News

"Western U students launch plan for tricked-out, teched-up bus" - Metro News

"Stretching Out Slime, Playing Tetris with a Carrot - and Learning?" - London Community News

 

"Awesome London Puts an Eye in the Sky." - London Community News

"A Day of Making in London." - London Community News

"Maker Bus Project Aims to Encourage People to Learn, Build and Create" -London Free Press

"MakerBus Invention Workshop Will be Live-Streamed" - London Free Press

"Wearable Tech Clothing and Fashion Show, as Museum London’s Third Thursday Program" - London Free Press

"Western students part of team turning school bus into tech lab" - London Free Press

"Weekend festival combines a wilderness getaway inside the city with music, art and fun" - London Free Press

"Universities Urged to Develop New Models of PhD Study" - The Globe and Mail

RADIO

"The MakerBus" - CBC Ontario Morning

TELEVISION

"What is the Maker Movement?" - CTV News

"Visit the MakerBus at the 2014 Western Fair" - RogersTV

"Take part in Museum London's Third Thursday" - RogersTV

BLOGS

"Maker Space for children in libraries and schools" - HiCube Blog

ACCESS Conference 2014 Keynote by Kim Martin - Kim Martin

"Congratulations to Our 2014 Winners!" - Resonant Solutions

"Celebrating Maker Culture at Museum London" - Forest City Fashionista

"London Community Project, the 'DH' MakerBus Gets Rolling" - Tech Alliance

"Mobile digital maker space "DHMakerBus" project start-up" - History and Digital

"Kickstarter Campaign for The Humanities Bus Tour Has Started" - 4Humanities

"Showing the Human Face of the Humanities: the Humanities Matter Web Series and Bus Tour" - Hybrid Pedagogy

"Creativity is on the Rise" - Literacy Link South Central

"The DH MakerBus" - The Librarian, the Wireless, and the Wardrobe 

"MakerBus Magic" - Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities 2014 Blog

"Portable, Tacit, Temporary" - University of Victoria Makerlab Blog

"The Employability Question - Graduate Students and the Job Market" -Professor Aaron Mauro (Penn State)

"Why do the humanities matter, and what does that have to do with a bus?" -HASTAC