A common misunderstanding from those whom are charged with designing a makersystem, is the existence of a “formula” for success. Searching for a singular formula that equates in a successful makersystem, is futile. Makersystems are dynamic, constantly accustomed to new technologies, students, faculty, and staff. Implementing solutions that are as flexible as the ever-changing resources and community, is essential in the evolution of the system. Focusing your efforts on systems and elements that impact your community in the right ways, will lead to the successful implementation of your makersystem. These systems and elements, are considered best practices:
An important aspect of creating a successful makerspace is to cultivate a “maker” culture; encouraging social collectivism through collaboration. The critical elements of culture are: community, expectations, communication, values & beliefs, and programming. Learn more about Community & Culture …..
The confusion of regulatory requirements/code and legal concerns with best practice & safety are common in academia. “Real Safety” is a collective attitude on looking out for each other, exposing hazards, indicating risk, and eliminating injury. Elements of safety include: environmental awareness, hazards and exposures, and controls. We can minimize risk by increasing safety awareness, reducing hazards, and implementing controls. Learn More …..
Spatial layout, design, and definition are considered material elements that affect your community & culture. Focusing your efforts on who, why, and how the space and resources are used; will inform when the space is available, what it is used for, and where the space/equipment/resources should be located. Learn More …..
Developing systems that focus on collecting information while allowing for flexible filtering of data will ensure educated decision making. Gathering this relevant data will also indicate where change is, or is not required. Learn More …..
Finding, Training and developing staff as groups and individuals in ways that promote the makersystem’s core values and beliefs will influence cultural understanding within your maker community. The right staffing structure should encourage uniformity of roles, increased access & safety, open-knowledge, social organization and expectations. Learn More …..
Finding ways to develop balanced support through interest and funding. Information for the Administrative Leadership, those who act as the driving force overseeing the continued development and evolution of the makersystem through building relationships, collaboration and ownership. Learn More …..
Source: Making Makerspaces