Sarnia Makerspace Development
Additional News Articles
2007 Developments -- The beginning of developments
- Recognizing its potential in Education, Kirk redesigns a FIRST High School Robotics Program (and designs an Award Winning Team Structure) in 2006 based on years of experience from Industry. e.g. (starting at Fiberglass Canada's Central Engineering in 1979)
- Team wins top Awards!
2011 Development -- The beginning of 3D-Printing in Sarnia
- Recognizing its potential in Education, Technology Teacher (and Board Member of the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board that is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, College and Universities) Kirk Charette purchases a 3D Printer for the school in 2010.
(Note: Oddly, the new 2012 School Management did not support this new Technology (and did not support the Award-Winning team structure).)
In resolution, Kirk creates 'The ETDRI Group' at the Research Park (in 2013) to 'study, develop and promote' the new Technology-Education Sciences ...
and initiates discussion with Lambton College. This immediately leads to the creation of BTAC link (and the purchase of its first 3D-Printer in 2013) at the College.
Point-of-Interest: The above link contains the following text:
“Lambton College’s research capacity has grown exponentially in recent years. BTAC is one of the key research initiatives providing industry and students with exciting project opportunities right here in Sarnia-Lambton.”
- The Ministry grants the ETDRI-led Application for a 3D-Printer for initial use at ETDRI's facility (in BTAC at the UWO Research Park(Sarnia)). The Federal Minister of Science and Technology(Ed Holder) visits Kirk's work at BTAC (with M.P. for Sarnia)
Kirk (left) discusses his presentation(for the Minister of Science) with Lambton College division's heads.
Federal Minister of Science and Technology Ed Holder (now Mayor of London Ontario)
Sarnia's Member of Parliament (Pat Davidson) (left) and Minister Holder(right) reviewing Kirk's work(3D-Printed objects) and discussing with Kirk on his roll-out plan. Note the 3D-printer in the background -- first used by Kirk.
2014 Developments -- The beginning of 3D-Printing at the Sarnia Library
- News Article article link Kirk's 2015 presentations at the Library
- News Article article link "Makerspace Opens" in 2016
- News Article more "Since opening to the public in June of 2016, the permanent MakerSpace at Sarnia Library has attracted over 5,000 program attendees. Approximately 350 members of the public have been trained to use the technologies offered"
- News Article article link "Creative tools spreading to other libraries
Posted January 17, 2017", "Library’s Makerspace is hitting the road, taking 3D printers"
- News Article link ( Nov/2017) "A report to Lambton County councillors shows almost 14,000 people have accessed the technology either in Sarnia or through the mobile program."
- News Article 2017 article “The rollout of this new service demonstrates the commitment of the County of Lambton to facilitate innovation and responds to the challenges and opportunities of a world in which access to technology is critical to advancement.”
- News Article article link "A report to Lambton County councillors shows almost 14,000 people have accessed the technology either in Sarnia or through the mobile program.
“Patrons in some of Lambton’s smallest, most rural communities, such as Shetland, Florence and Inwood have had a particularly positive response to Makerspace programming,” writes Darlene Coke, "
- News Article article link "Makerspace programs popular at library branches" Published on: January 15, 2018
2019 Developments -- ETDRI adds 'Make-a-part' for Robotics
Professor Pointer says: Let the Natural Technology Leaders lead, and always give credit where credit is due! Project Piracy (and credit hogging) is not a victimless crime!
ETDRI.ca, ETDRI's Sarnia Makerspace Development, 2019