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…..