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Basestation

Communication & Technology Collaborative Space. Where enterprising people & ideas come together. Providing the facilities & connections you need to thrive.

Creative L@b

Auckland Council in partnership with the Puketapapa Local Board, have launched the Puketapapa Creative Lab as the first digital learning space co designed in collaboration with the community.

In order to design a digital space that provides value and meaning to the community, an Empowered Communities Approach (ECA) model is being rolled out. The Creative Lab hopes to function and respond to the communities needs and aspirations. The Creative Lab will be operated by both staff and a local collective which have the skills and expertise to run digital projects. The Creative Lab will allow users to be connected, learn, and experiment with the digital resources offered in the space. The space features: - Video Editing software - Music Recording Studio Equipment - 3D Printer - Vinyl Cutter - Green Screen + Photography Equipment - All-In-One touch screen computers - Mobile Laptops - Furnishings assembled by students at Wesley Intermediate and various community groups.

The Creative Lab aims to amplify community-led efforts that nurture innovative learning, foster cultural connections, and cultivate employment opportunities. This funky and innovative space is co-designed by the Puketapapa Local Board, Auckland Council, the Roskill community, and many other local partners.

This space is available for groups to use for digital learning. For more information please contact: Nyrene Crowley - nyrene.crowley@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

The Foundation

A Makerspace, sometimes called Hackerspace, is both a physical place and a community. What binds the community together is the joy of making things. There is no limit on what “things” can mean in this context, many makerspaces have a bias towards electronics or physical computing projects but it can, and should, include working with wood, fabric, food, glass, metal, beer or projects that include all of those… anything that can be made, discussed, refined and tinkered with.

South Auckland Woodturners Guild

The guild is fortunate to have amongst its membership, several competent turner/demonstrators, and their input, combined with the resources that our committee call upon, provide members with a varied and continually challenging programme.

In a country blessed with a variety of timbers, it is no small wonder that crafts abound in New Zealand, and that working with wood is so popular. Just think of the work we see done in our homes by handymen who have grown up in the ‘do it yourself’ tradition.

MindKits

We like to build stuff, we sell stuff too and are pretty happy to help you find what you need for your next project. We're good like that :)

Long Description MindKits are known for being the Arduino and electronics specialists in New Zealand. Their fantastically friendly service and great knowledge also made them pretty much a one stop shop for advice and great electronics supplies for professionals and hobbyists. They also love to help so if you have questions, ideas or just need a hand - sing out. They're here to help.

MindKits was established in December 2008 by Tim Carr after seeing a lack of sites supporting New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. After working away Sundays tinkering Tim decided it was time there was a site that not only sold robotics kit, sensors and Arduinos but was a place for a community around robotics to grow and have somewhere to share ideas and learning.

MindKits was born out of the need to build a framework to make it easy for anyone interested to enter into the world of robotics and feel supported along the way.

The MindKits team are passionate to see you learn and grow and are always happy to lend a hand. Contact us if there's a project you need some advice on or you need to source parts that we may not stock already. We can generally get nearly anything in and are happy to do so.

The Mind Lab

The Mind Lab is an inter-disciplinary lab designed to contexualise education in a 21st century setting. Programmes are available for children and teachers Long Description The Mind Lab is an inter-disciplinary learning lab designed to contexualise education in a 21st century setting, reflecting best practice teaching methodologies and authentic technology integration to develop skills and knowledge.

While science, technology and discovery are the three pillars of the lab there is a strong focus on convergence between disciplines and blending low tech and high tech approaches to problem solving. Robotics, invention, stop motion animation, gesture based computing, coding and electronics are just some of the many areas used to help facilitate and spark innovation.

The Mind Lab directly responds to the changing role of education and the skills required for the future. Within The Mind Lab the process of creative and technical development includes learning how to test, fail and fix, and the concept of prototyping is promoted. The Mind Lab is committed to the next generation of makers, doers, inventors and creators who will shape the future with new ways of working, thinking and living. While technology is utilised throughout the lab, all technologies are seen as ‘tools of the trade’ rather than being used as consumer based products.

Outside the core programmes and workshops run for children The Mind Lab is committed to the continual development of the teaching profession to help teachers develop new ways of integrating technology and hands-on, project-based-learning in the classroom. The creative environment in the lab has been designed to stimulate creativity, to facilitate open exchange of ideas and to provide an inclusive, sharing space for authentic learning. Mission To inspire students and teachers and to engage them in active, hands on learning that focuses on discovery and technical innovation.