Makerspaces

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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Make:cast – The Last Place For a Makerspace

Make:cast – The Last Place For a Makerspace

The last place you might expect to find a makerspace is at The George Mark Children’s House, a pediatric palliative care facility in San Leandro, California. It is a place that cares for families who are going through the difficult end-of-life process for their child. I talk with Dr. Joan Fisher, the medical director, and Dr. Gokul Krishnan, a pioneer in the practice of maker therapy who just received a NSF grant to design and build a makerspace at the George Mark House.

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Makerspaces Take Root at California Community Colleges

Makerspaces Take Root at California Community Colleges

If you want evidence that the Maker Movement is creating positive change in education, if you want to see the benefit of makerspaces serving a diverse group of young people who truly value these learning experiences, if you want to see the power of students, faculty and community groups coming together to create and cooperate, […]

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Maker Pro: Building School Makerspaces With Bit Space

Maker Pro: Building School Makerspaces With Bit Space

Over the past few years I’ve talked with many groups about making and education. There is always a big question of how making fits into the classroom. Should it be integrated into normal curriculum? Should there be a dedicated maker space in the school?  Unfortunately, there is no single quick and easy answer to these […]

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Creating the New Collar Workforce

Creating the New Collar Workforce

Talk to any manufacturer today and one of their top concerns is finding a skilled workforce needed to compete in a global marketplace.

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Open World: Why Are We Makers?

Open World: Why Are We Makers?

What does it even mean to be a maker, to run a makerspace, or to participate in the Maker Movement?

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