The Foundry is an area non-profit that brings together professional engineers who strive to support creative entrepreneurs and familiarize young people with technical skills in a shop setting.
The makerspace is located in the True Building on the campus of Lyndon Institute. This partnership allows space for members of the Foundry to collaborate and brainstorm new ideas using LI’s metal fabrication and woodworking shop. Lyndon Institute students can participate if accompanied by a Lyndon Institute employee. The current agreement allows the Foundry to use the space three days per week (Monday and Wednesday, 5-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 am – 1 p.m).
“Our alliance with Lyndon Institute allows the Foundry to advance its mission of empowering creative and talented people with the resources to innovate and develop their ideas. We want to build a community where arts and the sciences can work together and freely share ideas. We want to nurture individual business enterprises and have a long-term positive social and economic impact on the Northeast Kingdom. Lyndon Institute is an ideal partner in this endeavor, both by merit of their resources, and more importantly, in their deep desire for these community goals to be successful,” said Jim Schenck, President of the Foundry.
Makerspaces have been described as “community centers with tools.” The combination of manufacturing tools, community and education enables community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.
For more information on The Foundry, visit www.thefoundryvt.org