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MakerspaceCT: Community Workshop & Skills Development Center in Hartford, Connecticut

McEIVR, Inc. dba MakerspaceCT’s (hereinafter,”MakerspaceCT”) mission is to positively impact lives by enabling access, innovation, and education.  Our vision uses making as a vehicle to lift up individuals and communities.

MakerspaceCT is a skills development center for makers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, members and students. Since 2019, we have offered our community unparalleled support and resources to learn and create. The 28,000 square foot workshop in the iconic G. Fox Building in downtown Hartford is a place for residents, students, hobbyists, aspiring innovators, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs to access the tools, technology, resources and educational opportunities they need to succeed in the state’s manufacturing and technology workforce. 

The ten individual workshops we provide are equipped with cutting-edge hardware and software, offering virtual reality equipment and programming to support education-to-career pathways. Our professional and instructional staff are versed in digital fabrication and design processes, making us uniquely suited to provide innovative, outcomes-based programs. We have meaningful collaborations with schools and universities in the STEM disciplines and connect program graduates with local manufacturers.

We administer the following key programs:

  • Engineering Primer Program (established in 2022) – our premier 10-week job training program that covers multiple areas of engineering and manufacturing;
  • MAKE’n’ABLE (established in 2022)- an 8-week program for high school students on the principles of computer aided design and 3D printing. The students produce 3D printed prosthetic limbs and mechanical hands that are donated to amputees in need;
  • Summer STEM (established in 2021)- a multi-week technology and arts based summer day camp program. Each week has a unique “hands on” curriculum that includes a take home product;
  • OSHA10 safety training (established Winter 2023);
  • Membership based shared workshop (established in April 2019); and
  • MakerBattle (established in 2021)- an annual robot combat competition for all ages.  

MakerspaceCT is committed to providing accessible programming that reflects the community and times in which we operate. As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to devastate America’s health, economy, and workforce, a comprehensive recovery will be slower for marginalized students who are less likely to receive the tailored education and training required to secure and sustain successful careers in the technology and manufacturing sectors. The remedy lies in our work on-the-ground to address the systemic gaps through a content rich, curriculum-based instruction that fosters academic mastery across a range of technology and manufacturing subjects, with cross-cutting skills, critical thinking, and collaboration.

WHO WE ARE: BOARD & STAFF

McEIVR, Inc. 
Board of Directors

Below are the listed names of each member of the Board of Directors and their titles. Each member of the Board serves as a guide to the functions of McEIVR, Inc. as a nonprofit organization, with the mission of improving lives by enabling access, education, and innovation through “making”.

Board Co-Chair
Dave Christensen

Board Co-Chair
Princess G. Hyatt

Board Treasurer
Mark Summers

Board Secretary
Wade Jubrey

Board Member
David Holness III

Board Member
Paddi LeShane

Board Member
Jason D. Newman

Board Member
Maura Parente Rucker

Board Member
Mike Stimson

McEIVR Executive Director
Devra Sisitsky

MAKERSPACECT STAFF

Devra Sisitsky
Executive Director

Mark Colbert
Operations Director

Catie Curran
Program Development

Julie Gauthier
Lead Instructor

Cole Grosner
Education Director

Erik Johnson
Lead Instructor

Scott Phillips
Digital Media Manager

 

 

The headquarters for the Maker Movement in Connecticut. 

Our mission is to positively impact lives by enabling access, innovation, and education.

Location: 960 Main St, Hartford, CT

Main Entrance: 36 Talcott St, Hartford CT (Get Directions)

Operating Hours:
We are operating at reduced capacity for July – Aug 2022. 

New Operating Hours (starting 7/22): Fri: 10am-9pm / Sat: 10am-6pm / Sun – Thurs: CLOSED

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER: Check our website homepage or Facebook and Twitter for updates for possible changes to our hours of operation.

Holiday schedule:

Wed, Nov 23, 2022: Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Thu, Nov 24, 2022: CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
Sat, Dec 24, 2022: Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Sun, Dec 25, 2022: CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS
Sat, Dec 31, 2022: Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Sun, Jan 1, 2023: CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR'S DAY

MakerspaceCT is a program of McEIVR, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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