Our transition services are some of the most unique components to our program. This includes internships with a handful of engaged community partners that help provide opportunities to our participants to gain valuable work experience in a variety of fields.
This fall we are excited to announce the start of a new relationship with Decatur Makers. Decatur Makers is an all ages makerspace where members can sign up for classes, have 24/7 access to a workshop with a variety of workshop tools, and can collaborate on small to city wide projects with other members. They have some amazing equipment such as a laser printer, several 3D printers, a glass kiln, an enormous CNC router, a metal forge, and so much more!
Currently several of our participants are benefitting from Decatur Maker’s expertise and developing skills based off of their own interests. This looks like learning to use hands-on tools such as a band saw, table saw, belt sander etc. as well as 3D modeling programs and programs like Glowforge which is used to control the laser printer.
The participants are currently giving back to the space by taking on various tasks such as helping to make tool holders, laser printing decorations for a Little Free Library and building workshop tables.
At our most recent visit we worked as a group to cut out the parts of a new workshop table by learning how to use the miter saw. After a thorough demonstration and a clear explanation of safety rules we were able to take turns cutting out several legs and braces using the miter saw. We then learned how to use a drill bit and countersink holes into the pieces so that we can later attach them with screws. Soon we will go back to work on the table top and finish the assembly of the table. The pictures in this post are from our day measuring out and cutting the preliminary parts to make the table.
To learn more about Decatur Makers and their incredible space please visit their website at https://decaturmakers.org.
– Benjamin J. Davidow, Marketing Manager