Makerspacers (Who's doing it? (The makerspace emerged initially as a…
Who's doing it?
The makerspace emerged initially as a powerful learning force in the nonacademic community.
Universities and Colleges
ThinkLab at the University of Mary Washington, Headquarter
at Rutgers University, and the FabLab at Stanford University
Wheaton college- WHALE lab
At the Georgia Tech Invention Studio, students can even apply for project funding in the form of Maker Grants.
What are the downsides?
Space in learning facilities is often at a premium
Long wait times for students
Some of these machines can be dangerous,
too, raising liability issues
How does it work?
many are still primarily places for technological experimentation, hardware development, and idea prototyping
Makerspaces are often open for informal, unscheduled activity; in some cases, an organization will host scheduled classes in a makerspace.
Used by students, faculty, and staff, makerspaces have become arenas for informal, project-driven, self-directed learning, providing workspace to tinker, try out solutions, and hear input from colleagues with similar interests.
Why is it significant?
Makerspaces are zones of self-directed learning.
Interaction among inventors at these facilities fosters a highly collaborative learning dynamic that is excellent for team efforts and for peer support, advice, and assistance
Their hands-on character, coupled with the tools and raw materials that support invention, provide the ultimate workshop for the tinkerer and the perfect educational space for individuals who learn best by doing.
Where is it going?
Eventually makerspaces may become linked from campus
to campus, encouraging joint project collaboration.
One key demand of a makerspace is that it exist as a physical location where participants have room and opportunity for hands-on work
Students who use these studios to create tangible portfolio pieces may find their work of interest to future employers.
What is it?
A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build
Makerspaces provide tools and space
in a community environment
What are the implications for
teaching and learning?
Makerspaces allow students to take control of their own learning as they take ownership of projects they have not just designed but defined.