Rideau-Rockcliffe community centre expands maker space tools

By Wes Smiderle

A digital skills instructors with the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre (RRCRC) makes use of a 3D printer at the RRCRC’s maker space studio. Photo supplied by RRCRC

The Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre (RRCRC) recently launched a fundraiser to expand on its maker space program for community youth.

The RRCRC on St. Laurent Blvd. houses a maker space designed to help youth and people from the community discover, or rekindle, the ability to develop ideas into creations.

As part of an expansion of its maker space facilities, the RRCRC launched a GopFundMe campaign to raise funds for a digital vinyl-cutting tool. The tool is relatively low cost and versatile as it can be used to create stickers, labels, t-shirts, decorations and more.

Camila Pastran, lead for the technology and social impact team at RRCRC, says programs like Innovator13 and Incubator13 help blend cutting-edge technology with innovation and social work to bridge a divide between those who have ideas but lack access to the resources they need to develop them.

“Most of the time when we talk about innovation, we think of universities or big corporations. We forget that it happens at a community level.”

On November 23, the RRCRC will be holding a workshop in its maker space for youth with disabilities. The workshop takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in room 124 at 815 St. Laurent Blvd.

The RRCRC’s GoFundMe campaign can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-vinyl-cutting-for-creative-projects.