The Alternative Technology Centre at Hebden Bridge has secured £5,000 to kickstart a new project to bring together inventors.
The centre, based at Hebble End Mill, gained the funding for its new project ‘Making Place’ .
Its aim is to encourage a host of creative people - from artists and engineers to amateur scientists and innovators - to pool their thoughts and work on their projects, share tools and resources, techniques, knowledge and time and collaborate on bigger projects.
The project already has lots of fun technology which includes Raspberry Pis (computers that cost just £25), conductive thread and ink, kits for basic electronics experimentation, energy-efficient computers running open source software and with open internet access, and much more.
Polly Webber, of the ATC, said: “This is fantastic news. The work that is being done with this new technology is changing the whole approach to manufacturing.
“We think this project is rooted in the cooperative, creative and entrepreneurial heritage of the Calder Valley.
“It will create an inspiring place for people to come and learn, share and collaborate on all things to do with making - for engineers, geeks, artists, designers, amateur scientists and innovators.
We will be shortly getting a 3D printer which will be available for use down at the Alternative Technology Centre.
“We are launching a series of workshops to start soon and which will include workshops on arduinos – little gadgets which can be programmed to control anything from LED lights and motors to twitter messages, etextiles, which uses conductive sewing thread to create circuits and make wearable technology, robotics, automata and much more.”
The funding has come from the Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Fund, via Calderdale Community Foundation, said Polly.
If anybody is interested in becoming involved in any way, they can call 01422 842121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MaKing-Place/110795779079832