Makerspace

What Drives Makerspaces On Campus

What Drives Makerspaces On Campus

Makerspaces are becoming a valuable feature of university and college campuses, providing students access to tools, expertise, and space for projects. Join us on Wednesday, September 22nd @ 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT as we talk to people who are working in these campus makerspaces and learn about how they are used and viewed by students, faculty, administration, and alumni.

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University Makerspaces 1: Generating Student Buy-in

University Makerspaces 1: Generating Student Buy-in

Part 1 of a series on growing and running university based makerspaces

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Fixing Broken Machines from the Amazon Return Bin

Fixing Broken Machines from the Amazon Return Bin

Debra Daun’s superpower is fixing broken machines, such as 3D printers. She runs the MakerLab at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. She has figured out that she can get used and abused machines that have been returned to Amazon. She bids for them at auction and then repairs them or adds the odd parts to her boneyard. She’s been able to add more machines that she uses to teach students 3D printing in the makerspace. The more broken the machine, she says, the happier she is.

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Emotion and Empathy Are Glue for Makers

Emotion and Empathy Are Glue for Makers

In 2020, Dr. Andreea Gorbatai and two co-authors published a research paper in the journal Organization Science titled: “Making Space for Emotions: Empathy, Contagion, and Legitmacy’s Double-Edged Sword.” It’s about the maker movement and what holds it together. It turns out, it’s not skills and tools as much as it is emotions and empathy — […]

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Future of Fab Lab Tulsa

Making and Thinking Big in Tulsa

With Nathan Pritchett of Fab Lab Tulsa In episode #22 of Make:cast, I learn about the new building for Fab Lab Tulsa from its Executive Director, Nathan Pritchett. The new building is under development and scheduled to open in 2022. The project had started well before COVID-19 but has stayed on track even during the […]

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Make:cast #16 – Build It and See What Happens

Make:cast #16 – Build It and See What Happens

As part of a $50 million grant to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2017, the Maker Library & Innovative Learning Complex of the Future is under construction on campus. The new $17.5 million building will house a makerspace open to all students. Austin McChord is the RIT donor and I talk to him in this episode of Make:cast.

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