Maria Kilfoil is the manager of the new Grenfell Makerspace, and is just setting up the space in the Arts and Science Building, here on campus. A physicist and long-time maker, Maria is bringing really energy and excitement to this initiative and has lots of plans to extend out into the community here and across the region.
Getting these tools into the hands of artists, craftspeople, inventors, creators, students – it’s pretty exciting and bound to be disruptive in the best possible way. This also connects back, I think, with a discussion around design and design thinking, and links kind of nicely with the chat I had with Renate Pohl, last time. It was great to talk to Maria about some of this – in fact, don’t think we really got through half of what we could talk about, so look out for part 2 of this conversation, maybe when the makerspace is fully operational!
The Grenfell Makerspace is under the umbrella of the Navigate Small Business Centre, a joint program between Grenfell and College of the North Atlantic, and you can find more on that here.