What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

  • Provide access to a wide variety of tools and technology;
  • Facilitate group interaction, knowledge, and resource sharing;
  • Supply access to physical space for individual project development;
  • Provide an open environment for expression of creativity and innovation;
  • Access to equipment for prototyping project ideas for companies.

Simply, a makerspace is a facility where creativity comes together, is fostered and encouraged.  Rutgers is committed to creating a multi-discipline Makerspace Network to encourage innovation, hands on experience with technology, and evolving skills, and support for entrepreneurship amongst the University community.  Makerspaces are attracting a growing fan base, suggesting a wave of new energy toward the ideals of innovation and the techniques of production.   Although this proliferation is relatively new, the concept has been implemented for some time.  For example, the Homebrew Computer Club (founded in 1975), had Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak among its members and considered being influential to the successful development of their respective companies. Contemporarily, there is an expanding network with focus areas ranging from robotics to information technology, bio-science to industrial ralph lauren soldes  design and more. Not just a geek thing. The DIY movement is expanding for artists, crafters, and independent entrepreneurs who want a shared space to congregate, share ideas, and work on projects. 

Common equipment found in a makerspace would be fabrication equipment , hand tools, computers with specialized software,  and other resources for a variety of related subject areas.  For example, almost all electronics related makerspaces include equipped shop benches, robotics, laser cutting, 3D printing, micro-controllers, and mobile devices (as well as the occasional half assembled vacuum cleaner).

Makerspaces in Education

Although makerspaces are design to have ralph lauren femme soldes the appropriate resources to attract and engage the community at large there are numerous benefits in more formalized education.  Those having an interest in the subject matter can participate in the makerspace and receive value from that experience through both mentored and non-mentored activities.   A core principal is appropriate facilities and resources exist such that visitors can independently utilize the makerspace.  However, It’s not unusual for makerspaces to have scheduled meetings targeted to various themes (see our event page for a listing of ours).

Makerspaces help students and the community unleash their creative spirit and innovative ideas by providing access to physical facilities.  Programs offered by the makerspace are tailored to aspiring learners, adding an essential product development and fabrication component with selected resources to learn and manufacture functional prototypes.  Members share ideas and camaraderie in an effort to realize their inventions and designs.

These programs are tailored to aspiring learners, and add an essential mix of concepts, demonstration and fabrication ralph lauren accessoires foulard  by providing selected resources to learn and build functional and tangible components .

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What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

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