The U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez Daria Darnell and city of Chihuahua Mayor Javier Garfio Pacheco participated today in a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the new makerspace at the Benjamin Franklin Corner in Chihuahua.
The makerspace is a new collaborative interactive space for creators and innovators of any age that includes laptops, workbenches, power tools, software, open code electronic tablets, as well as added elements that can be connected to these tablets such as sensors or indicators.
Encouraging young people, mentors, and teachers to visit, experience, create, and learn about practical applications of science, Consul General Daria Darnell said, “here, for example, people can make electronic prototypes, design robots, develop a new app for a phone, or create video games. Attendees do not require prior knowledge in engineering or electronics, just the desire to get down to work.”
Since 2009, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez and the city of Chihuahua have worked together to provide equipment and programming to the Benjamin Franklin Corner.
After the inauguration Dr. Bill Robertson, also known as Dr. Skateboard, offered a talk on how a makerspace works.
The Benjamin Franklin Corner Chihuahua is located inside the Municipal Mediateca on Teófilo Borunda Ave. # 1617, El Palomar, Chihuahua. Hours of operation are from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. All services are provided free of charge.