Ocala Makerspace Proposal


Provide Ocala with a functional makerspace that supports hands-on education. Create opportunities for the community to create the space to facilitate learning, ownership, personal investment and long term sustainability. Create a space that is flexible and improvable as the Ocala community grows and evolves the space.


The Proposal


Following the spirit of iteration and innovation, we propose a truly modular space.  A space that can adapt to any teacher and any class’s needs and structures that can be easily copied, assembled or disassembled as the community learns more about its wants and needs.  Everything is on wheels and can be rearranged to meet the needs of the students on the fly. We’ve also designed rolling tool/storage walls that will hold whiteboards for brainstorming and a wide variety of maker materials for teacher and student use.

In hopes of encouraging the makerspace to spread outdoors, or to other classrooms, everything is designed with a max depth of 30 inches, allowing every part of the makerspace to roll through any doorway if needed.

We recommend a french cleat system because of its expandability and flexibility. This system can be adapted to hold all kinds of things ranging from power tools, to gardening equipment, and an abundance of up-cycled supplies from RAFT.


Visual Overview

Below is an ariel view of the space with all the furniture out and ready for a large group of students.  See the attached fly-through for an even closer look at the set up.



Items to Create

Rolling Storage:

Given the modular nature of the space being created, we’ve designed modular storage to match.  Each shelf can be removed so that objects of all different heights can be stored. These are deep and wide enough for most art or maker projects. 

Rolling Tables:

Tables need to support work both inside and outside of the maker space. Mounting them on heavy-duty total locking casters will allow them to travel in and out of the space freely, while also giving them the ability to be extremely stable when they need to be stable for student and teacher work. We have designed the tables at a sitting height at 30″.

Rolling Storage, Display and Green Screen Walls:

They are both designed with a french cleat system to maximize the amount of tool and supply storage available to the school. The goal with these is to change the nature of supply presentation and clean up, showing students exactly what materials are available, and exactly where they go during clean up.  The french cleat system also maximized modularity, allowing teachers to change what materials and tools are on display and how they are displayed.  The walls are on wheels allowing for small groups to utilize them independently, or they can be used by the whole class.


Community Involvement:

We propose an event during the school day on Friday. Students will be trained on power tool use and safety (primarily drills). From there we break out into teams and each team takes on the building of different projects. Pieces are mostly pre-cut and ready for assembly. Blueprints and guidance are provided by us. We will also engage kids, and faculty whenever they have their own idea for how to improve the space or the building process.

On Saturday, we encourage a community build day with teachers, parents, students, and RAFT staff. Safety training will be provided at the beginning of the day, and for all as needed throughout the day. All contributors will have the opportunity to complete projects started on Friday. Typically, PTAs have contributed by providing water and lunch for the community.

Date for community co-creation event:

December 8th: Regular Bell Schedule

December 9th: 10am-3:30pm