Makerspace

Make:cast Wyoming's Maker Pass

Wyoming’s Maker Access Pass

Tyler Kerr runs the Innovation Wyrkshop, a makerspace at the University of Wyoming. Largely because of COVID, state officials saw the potential for makerspaces in vocational rehab and developing skills in local communities. And so they are funding the build out of a network of makerspaces throughout the state. Tyler and his students set out […]

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Making Is So Elementary

Making Is So Elementary

“The Kids Are Like Me.” Until she got to college, Julie Darling didn’t realize that sitting and listening to teachers wasn’t how she learned best. She didn’t like sitting still. She had to keep her hands moving, if not her body. When she became an educator, she realized that the kids that she was looking […]

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Maryland Makerspace Initiative Program On Its Way to Governer’s Desk

Maryland Makerspace Initiative Program On Its Way to Governer’s Desk

Maryland’s Senate Bill 453, titled “Economic Development – Maryland Makerspace Initiative Program”, is officially on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed after passing both chambers of Maryland’s General Assembly. This is the first state legislation within the US that has invested in a public network of workshops for the people. Here is […]

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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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