Municipal Maker Space

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The City of Athens' Maker Space is the first municipal fabrication lab in Greece, equipped with machinery and digital tools for designing, printing, and manufacturing. Laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC router, vinyl cutters, and more are available at the new City of Athens’ Maker Space - free for all Athenians to explore.

An integral part of the Designed for Better Learning program, the Maker Space provides a hands-on experience in digital design and creation. Guided by the team of architects of the Transformable Intelligent Environments Lab of the Technical University of Crete, participants can envision and create their own tools, ranging from everyday tools to toys and educational equipment.

“In Maker Space, children can see, for example, how simple objects are designed and produced. Their curiosity is naturally sparked as children begin to wonder ‘what can I dream up and construct next?’ Through the Maker Space, children are getting a first-hand experience of what it is to be an inventor in the 21st century”.
— Alexandros Κambouroglou (on GreekReporter.com)
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Since its re-opening at the Serafeio complex in 2018, more than 1150 children in Athens have already explored the Maker Space, learning about applied digital technologies through hands-on experiments. More than 220 teachers have also taken part in workshops – designed to help them create new tools to enhance school learning and introduce creative play in the classroom.

The Maker Space is part of the third implementation phase of the “Designed for Better Learning” educational program. In its first two phases, architectural interventions were made in 24 schools in the municipality of Athens, and 87 "Educational Pla(y)ces" - educational projects enriching the learning tools and the school environment - were added with the active participation of pupils and teachers. 

A great step towards securing the program’s sustainability was taken in 2018, as the City of Athens committed 1.5 euros to the operation of the Maker Space and its dissemination activities for all residents. These activities will include new “Educational Pla(y)ces” projects in even more of Athens public schools.

Founding Donor

partners

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Vice Mayor for the Child; Vice Mayor for Urban Infrastructure;
Technical University of Crete;
Ministry of Education

Launched

May 2015

(pilot supported by coca-cola 3E; vivechrom)