Dylan Belvedere is the founder of Maker Cube, a makerspace dedicated to both kids as well as kids at heart. They offer the space and tools needed to inspire you, from sewing to 3D printing, they’ve got it covered.
Dylan, tell us a bit about yourself.
I am the founder of Maker Cube, Surrey’s only makerspace. As a Mechatronics Engineering student nearing the end of my degree many of my experiences from this have helped me build the space. This includes working at a fibre optics company in China, a lithium ion battery system company, and a couple of startups. I also created many of the robotics courses that are currently taught at Science World.
What is Maker Cube’s mission?
Our mission is to provide the resources necessary to learn, teach and apply skills and knowledge through hands-on creative applications. We are inspired by collaboration as a means of growing and expanding our horizons of knowledge. Through a co-operative model, we strive to offer members the space, tools and mentorship required to bring their ideas to life. By fostering a positive-learning environment, community members with diverse backgrounds and interests will discover and share their creative talents.
Tell us about the types of workshops you host.
Our workshops are for all ages and all skill levels and include learning about electronics, woodworking, sewing, welding, crafting, 3D designing and printing, crafting, and more! One of our upcoming workshops is a robotics summer camp for 9-14 years old. If someone doesn’t have time to come to our workshops we have maker kits for sale, which are educational kits containing all the parts and instructions needed to make some of the stuff in our workshops.
What do you love about teaching kids?
It’s great seeing how creative kids can get, and the amazing things they make. Although what I like most is that when I am teaching kids it doesn’t even feel like I’m doing work. This is because I enjoy it so much and I always enjoy helping them build something or guiding them to a solution to a problem. When teaching I have always found it best not to act as a teacher, but act as a friend. In this way I teach by acting as a peer and having a conversation with them rather than at them.
How can the maker movement help inspire creativity in kids?
The maker movement is really helping inspire creativity in everyone! It is making it much more accessible for everyone. For parents they are able to put their kids in making classes and workshops like ours at a much younger age, and kids have the chance to be proud of they make themselves. For adults it shows that it is never too late to learn and pick up a new skill. It has shown everyone that it is possible to make things without needing a degree in engineering.
What inspires you?
Making a positive difference in the world around me, inspiring others, and making people happy.