Empowering Makers for a Thriving World

“I like to prove that anyone can do anything they want to.” - Audrey Van de Castle

FOR THOSE WHO MAKE THE WORLD™ EMPOWERED

We’re committed to empowering 10 million makers and creators by the year 2030. One of our first steps is to encourage our own employees to learn new skills and develop new expertise.

Our state-of-the-art Makerspace in Maryland is a 4,500 square-foot workshop designed to provide our employees with opportunities and knowledge to safely use new tools and equipment, and acquire specialist practical skills at the same time. This creative space allows our colleagues to bring new product concepts and ideas to life and engage in innovative projects and experiences that will enrich their careers in the future.

As digital, industrial and technical innovations rapidly change the workplace, workshop manager, Audrey Van de Castle, explains how the Makerspace is a collaborative environment that can take people out of their routines, and give them hands-on access to tools, creativity and new ways of thinking. For Stanley Black & Decker, this open and innovative approach leads to new inventions and improvements in the products we make.


 

“It’s a melting pot of people, ideas and techniques.”

Audrey Van de Castle

As a maker and metal sculpture specialist, nothing stands in Audrey’s way when it comes to overcoming barriers. In fact, she is inspired whenever she faces a challenge to make an even greater success of everything she undertakes – and to encourage others to do the same.

In her daily work, she thrives on helping others to achieve their goals, whatever their background, gender or experience. “At the Makerspace, I can empower other people in the way I have been empowered.”


 

So what does the future hold for Makerspaces? We’re partnering with local universities to develop a curriculum, framework and toolsets for further Makerspaces, and providing facilities for students and faculty to work on innovative research projects. This ongoing collaboration with academic institutions underlines our commitment to local communities.

Discover more about our Maker program at https://www.stanleyblackanddecker.com/social-responsibility/empower-makers