Empowering Makers for a Thriving World

Empowering Makers for a Thriving World; “I like to prove that anyone can do anything they want to.” - Audrey Van de Castle


Girls can weld.

Audrey Van de Castle, the Workshop Manager at our Makerspace in Maryland, knows this first-hand because she’s an expert welder. And her life goal, she said, “Is to prove that anyone can do anything they want.”

“I’m really inspired, and a fire is lit in me, when there’s perceived barriers in my way,” she said. “When someone tells me I can’t do something I’m going to find a way to do it. And that’s why it’s really important to have Makerspaces because it’s a melting pot of people and ideas and techniques that open your world view.”


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

Audrey Van de Castle

Audrey is just one of our 61,000 employees who is embracing the freedom to learn new skills, formulate new technologies and inventions, and is bringing to life their own creative ideas at our facilities every day – including during #MakerMonth in October.

As part of our commitment to empowering 10 million makers and creators by the year 2030, we developed the state-of-the-art Makerspace in Maryland to provide our employees with opportunities and knowledge to safely use new tools and equipment, and acquire specialist practical techniques at the same time.

As digital, industrial and technical innovations rapidly change the workplace, Audrey 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 developments and improvements in the products we make.

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.

Learn more about Maker Month and follow #MakerMonth on social media throughout October for more inspiring stories.