A partnership of three Yakima businessmen is giving the community the opportunity to create through art, science and even the lending of tools

Yakima Maker Space, 16 S. First St., was established in 2013 to give people in our community a place and the tools to unlock their creativity.

Here's their mission statement:

At Yakima Maker Space we believe that making things with others is a powerful creative engine, that learning by doing teaches better than a textbook, and that access to tools and a supportive community will launch the next generation of entrepreneurs in Yakima.

We want our children to have the technical knowledge to solve problems and the creative ability to think critically. We want adults to have the chance to turn an idea into a hobby and a hobby into a job. We are here to support the creative potential of the Yakima Valley by providing the tools to make almost anything, space to build ideas, and a co-learning environment for all ages.

Three of the Maker Space's founding members were guests on Thursday's Mike Bastinelli show.  John Storley, Nate Poel, and Robert Garlow talked about the Maker Space, what kind of activities they offer, why they located in downtown Yakima, and their tool lending program.

Click this player to listen to the interview.

Part One.

Part Two.