Makerspaces are not about machines! This common misunderstanding will drive imbalance within your Community and the resources meant to support their evolution. Makersystems require a more thorough comprehension of what your community needs, and encouraging their development in promoting the fundamental values of what these spaces primarily provide:
Makerspaces are classrooms, where the community can receive or provide instruction on technical processes, technique and maker methodology.
Makerspaces are laboratories, where the community can ideate, prototype, make mistakes, reiterate and revise their products.
Makerspaces support the evolution & realization of ideas through inter-disciplinary collaboration and accessible tech-resources.
Makerspaces are technical support systems, in which the community’s needs are the driving factor/focus.
Makerspaces are cultural incubators, in which the community develops a sense of collective independence through building relationships, collaboration, problem solving and ownership.
Fundamental makerspace qualities can be heavily or minimally supported; depending on the type of space. The right system, has the right balance- focusing your efforts where the community requires support. It’s important to find out what your community needs. Generally speaking, there are three flavors of higher education makerspaces. Learn more …..