Makerspaces and the skills gap.

There is no denying a large skills gap in America. Every state has taken notice and want to do something about it. Makerspaces may be able to help!

By providing tools, equipment and low-cost access many people can learn new trades, skills, and abilities to move ahead in their current job or get a better chance at a better paying job. A makerspace that is built by the community invests in the people it serves.

The article posted below explains the skills gap in great detail. Please give it a read and tell us what you want to see in your local makerspace by clicking on the survey link in the menu.

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An exhaustive new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the skill level of the American labor force is not merely slipping in comparison to that of its peers around the world, it has fallen dangerously behind.

The report is based on assessments of literacy, math skills and problem-solving using information technology that were performed on about 160,000 people age 16 to 65 in 22 advanced nations of the O.E.C.D., plus Russia and Cyprus. Five thousand Americans were assessed. The results are disheartening.

Though we possess average literacy skills, we are far below the top performers. Twenty-two percent of Japanese adults scored in the top two of six rungs on the literacy test. Fewer than 12 percent of Americans did. We are also about average in terms of problem-solving with computers. Paradoxically, our biggest deficits are in math, the most highly valued skill in the work force. Only Italians and Spaniards performed worse.

Some 34 percent of adult Americans scored in the top three rungs of the assessment for numeracy, 12.5 percentage points less than the average across all countries. Twenty-nine percent of Americans scored in the lowest two rungs — 10 percentage points more than the average. By percentage, more than twice as many Finns as Americans scored in the top two.

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What is 3D Printing?

3d printing is a cutting edge way of creating almost anything out of plastic. It sounds like something right out of science fiction, but it is almost literally like a common home ink printer.

While the software has a bit of a learning curve, almost anyone can print prototypes or working models in just a few hours. When we first started talking about a Makerspace, 3d printing was brought up right alongside woodworking, CNC routing, and podcasting. I really feel that it will be very important for more people to have a fundamental understanding of 3d printing sooner rather than later. We should rally behind this technology and use it now while it’s still in its infant stages.

Below is a great short video by PBS that really explains 3d printing in a way that anyone can understand the benefits of it. It also goes into what the future of 3d printing can lead to and why it’s so important for people to get in on the ground floor of this new technology.

Beginnings and a <333′y welcome

Welcome to the newly designed Aberdeen Makers Guild website. The site was originally built using Blogspot then Jon, our fearless leader, had me put together a Joomla site when I moved it off of the temporary home server to a hosted server which leads us to where we are now. The new site is on my upgraded hosted server and is running WordPress.

Why WordPress you ask well I have years of experience working with wordpress in a personal and professional capacity so it is what i am most familier with. While as a makerspace we try to embody the principals of learning new things, creating tools, and making due with what we have to better our position to do what we need/want I decided to use the hammer I’m familiar with  instead of the lump of iron that hasn’t been forged yet.

Enjoy the new site we will be adding features once the layout has been approved and implemented.

 

-Eric