The Inventor Center is the result of a public-private partnership led by the City of Kingsport with Engage Kingsport and the ModelCity Makerspace. This partnership has provided an opportunity for The Inventor Center to be a premier maker-space in the city and beyond, through providing artisan spaces for a variety of skills and use of equipment that is very specialized and unique for maker-spaces. Additionally and importantly, this partnership has provided a way for the center to focus on creating opportunities to benefit the larger community through key projects and access to programs, for area employers to aid in recruitment and training, and for inventors and entrepreneurs to access prototyping equipment and more.
The aim of the Inventor Center is to provide a safe opportunity for makers, artists, entrepreneurs and the community to enjoy the many classes and tools available for their use as members and attendees.
The Inventor Center has 6 Areas of Focus
Where craft meets science, this group has a strong connection to making [and breaking] things to see what they can create next. This includes woodworkers, engineers, sculptors, hackers, and more.
Here we cover traditional arts and crafts. Painters, printmakers, ones who sew, sculptors, and other traditional artists (professional and hobbyists) are all welcome.
Curiosity, learning, and making are all at the heart of The Inventor Center. Programs designed for elementary to higher education are a top priority, giving students more access to the tools and insight needed to develop their craft, hobbies, ideas and further STEM education.
The Inventor Center aims to cultivate Kingsport’s entrepreneurial presence by connecting mentors and small businesses. Entrepreneurs can create prototypes of their devices or product at the center.
A primary goal for The Inventor Center is to improve the lives of others. Our classes and programs give our community new opportunities to better themselves and build a stronger future.
The Inventor Center offers Kingsport employers programs ranging from workplace and equipment training, to electronics development, and community investment. All are made to strengthen employers and their ability to recruit and provide amenities and training opportunities to employees.