Spotlight on Starkville - Part 2

WTVA's Daniella Oropeza had the chance to visit the "Idea Shop" which is providing skills to locals.

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 12:47 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2019 12:47 PM

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i think that's super beneficial ." program coordinator at the idea shop) oropeza / starkville, oktibbeha county) / member at the idea shop) weldford / junior at msu studying aerospace engineering) "for a membership fee anybody can use it to do their own prototyping, develop their own products or even if it's just hobbies like building gifts or coffee furniture, that kind of thing." michael lane is the program coordinator of the idea shop...a space he says is primarily dedicated at promoting entrepreneurship. located on main street...a grand opening for the makerspace took place in march. lane says they're waiting until the next school year to really market their new business...but so far, they've been successful. "it's been good. so, we're up to roughly forty members that are spread out between the community and students." and this shop isn't just for anyone who already has experience with this equipment. the idea shop is for anyone wanting to learn a new skill. "i'm a computer guy. i web design. this kind of feeds that need that i have to get my hands dirty and kind of craft and build. since i was never exposed to that, i think this is an good opportunity for me to kind of explore that." a new member...i met stephen caples on his second or third time at the idea shop. it was this day that he created something special for his fiance's birthday. "i thought it would be something cool and unique to laser engrave something...a design that i created for her on a nice piece of wood." the design is a word map. caples chose several different adjectives that he says describes his fiance...he then put those words together to create an image of her name. "i hope that she loves it. i think that she's going to get a kick out if it, and the fact that i took the extra mile when she's not expecting anything. so, it'll be great." after assembling the piece of wood into the laser engraving machine and an hour of patience, his project was nearly finished. after a few days...i caught up with caples who told me his fiance loved it. like him...if you visit the idea shop and you're not sure where to start or don't know how to use the equiment...there' s always someone to help. "if you want to learn how to wood work, learn how to 3d print, cab model, laser engrave, use the medal laid, route...you can learn all that here. i think that's super beneficial." like michael lane said at the beginning of this story...there is a membership fee. a day pass is ten dollars that gives you access to the space and all of the equipment for that day. students pay fourty dollars a semester or for four months. faculty and staff pay 20-dollars a month. and members of the community pay 25-dollars a month. and lane told me they are new...so most of the work that has been produced are just prototypes. but if you do create something and have a client wanting to see this product, there is an office space in the front of the shop when you first walk in. this place really has it all, and it's definitely
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