7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT (A makerspace is a physical location where…
7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
A makerspace is a physical location where people
gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build.
This idea of a collaborative
studio space for creative endeavors has caught hold in education,
where the informal combination of lab, shop, and conference
room form a compelling argument for learning through hands-on
Many are still primarily places
for technological experimentation, hardware development, and idea prototyping.
The makerspace emerged initially as a powerful
learning force in the nonacademic community
Makerspaces are zones of self-directed learning.
Space in learning facilities is often at a premium,
Eventually makerspaces may become linked from campus
to campus, encouraging joint project collaboration.
allow students to take control of their own learning
students often appreciate the
hands-on use of emerging technologies and a comfortable
acquaintance with the kind of experimentation that leads to a
Students who use these studios to create tangible portfolio pieces may find their work of interest to future employers. As education assessment evolves
the project work done in makerspaces
may one day be accepted and reviewed for college credit in lieu
of more conventional coursework
High-end 3D printers that print with a variety of media can be
Where these spaces are open to use by faculty, students, and staff
from a cross-section of content areas they promote multidisciplinary thinking and learning, enriching the projects that are built
there and the value of the makerspace as an educational venue
invites the public to attend meetings
These classes are generally not for
credit and focus on a single skill, such as coding, soldering or