Makerspace Types

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:

Specialize in providing unrestricted making via community efforts. Minimal boundaries, access increases with experienced community; heavily focused toward community and culture with generational transference of knowledge. If Faculty, Staff, and/or Students need a place to make, experiment, and collaborate with limited supervision. Learn more…..


Specialize in providing an environment for learning, collaboration, fabrication & assembly. Access increases as community gains experience. Heavily focused toward collaboration and learning-by-doing & learning-by-seeing. If Faculty, Staff, and/or Students need a place to receive/provide technical instruction. Learn more…..


Specialize in providing equipment & technology resources with supervised instruction & use. Limited access increases with more staffing, with heavy focus on learning-by-doing. If Faculty, Staff, and/or Students need technical resources that require constant supervision & instruction due to equipment hazard-level or expense. Learn more…..

IDeATe Open House 2015

Serves primarily as Community, Project, or Machine Space, with complimenting aspects of other makerspace types. Requires thorough research, balance, and consistent ‘fine-tuning’. Learn more…..

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