Computer Deconstruction Laboratory, or CDL is a fusion of two volunteers-run program at InfoAge into a new non-profit organization that will be responsible for operating the makerspace and podcast studio at InfoAge. CDL founder Daniel Jacobs stated "We basically took the best parts of the two prior groups, and formulated a way to move both programs forward"
Maker spaces are creative community works spaces where people can build and experiment with art, craft and technology projects while sharing tools and ideas with other community members. The CDL makerspace will serve as an idea lab and creation space for adults and teens to explore their creativity, and cultivate their imaginations in interactive, hands-on ways. Incorporated into the STEM building at InfoAge, CDL gives adults and teens access to state-of-the-art tools and materials for crafts, robotics, textile design, digital video editing, podcasting, and 3D printing. Also included is a “computer guts” area where teens can take apart a computer to learn how all of its parts work together.
“It’s hard to get access to technology like this after school hours,” says Jacobs. “There’s no place where you can just walk in and use a sewing machine or print a 3D action figure. There’s no place you can go and say, ‘Let’s try and take this computer apart and see what happens, or let me make a podcast about the stuff that interests me”
With the re-opening of the makerspace, CDL staff will be able to mentor users of the space to support learning, inspire creativity, and nurture opportunities for the next entrepreneur, inventor or artist to emerge. They will also use the space to deploy technology to enhance and expand the museums exhibits .
The Computer Deconstruction Laboratory is located in Building 9059, 2201 Marconi Road, Wall, 07719. Walk in-hours are Monday's between 7:00 - 9:00 PM, with plans to expand to Saturdays between 1:00 and 5:00 PM. For additional information please visit the CDL website at www.compdecon.org
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