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.
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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.