Makerspaces in Academic Libraries

Maura Smale writes for ACRLog about Making Things in Academic Libraries. This thought-provoking article discusses what makerspaces could mean in the academic library realm. And here’s Buffy Hamilton’s post from this past summer discussing Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries.

HQ Makerspace holds Open House

ManufactureNJ is committed to stabilizing and developing a highly trained manufacturing workforce, to ensure that New Jersey manufacturers overcome challenges, compete effectively and succeed. Manufacturing is not the manufacturing industry of a half-century ago.  In many cases, today’s production worker must be prepared to deliver products using automated equipment, engage rapid problem-solving around flexible processes, and utilize precision instruments to produce and qualify products. In advanced manufacturing, companies leverage innovative processes, products and market approaches. 

‘Hackathon’ Events Proliferate for Student Programmers

Many computer-science majors dream of creating start-up companies in California or New York, taking a brilliant idea from their undergraduate days and transforming it into a successful source of profit. This year, “hackathon” events for student programmers—where teams guzzle caffeine as they code for daylong competitions—are proliferating as technology companies look to find top talent and students seek hands-on experience.

Worries Over Defense Department Money for ‘Hackerspaces’

Be sure to check out the New York Times Article on how recent DARPA funding for makerspaces is causing some controversy among critics who believe defense money will influence projects (i.e. military centric) done in funded spaces.  We think its a great funding program, but let us know your opinion!

Google Launches Online Resource for Entrepreneurs

Google took the wraps off “Google for Entrepreneurs,” a microsite that brings together information about Google’s programs and partnerships for startups and entrepreneurs.

Nissan Innovation Garage: Win $50k for Your Idea

Nissan is sponsoring a new program called the Nissan Innovation Garage - a program for anybody to get on and submit their ideas for the next best tech product - you know, like that anti-gravity coffee cup you've been working on for years but just can't get right. And it doesn't just have to be car-related! Check out the details at Automoblog.net or the Nissan website.

Maker Faire hobbyists unveil giant games in Manchester

Giant versions of well known games such as Kerplunk, Operation and Connect 4 all feature at a celebration of home hackery in Manchester. The city's Museum of Science and Industry is playing host to a two-day Mini Maker Faire.

Amateur hardware hackers, makers and other tinkerers will show off their creations at the event.

Also on show will be a chandelier made of lost earrings, a musical milk float and a home-made volcano.

K-12 Game Portals: Steam for Schools

Who ever said being a scientific guinea pig couldn't be educational? With Steam for Schools, teachers can now use Portal 2's level editor to create lessons focused on boosting critical thinking, spatial reasoning and problem solving skills. Announced at the Games for Change festival in New York City, the educator edition of Steam comes with a free copy of Portal 2 and the Portal 2 Puzzle Maker.

Massimo Banzi Video on Arduino

Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, "You don't need anyone's permission to make something great."

In this video talk: Massimo Banzi co-founded Arduino, which makes affordable open-source microcontrollers for interactive projects, from art installations to an automatic plant waterer.

The Third Industrial Revolution

Read the great article from economist.com on how "the digitisation of manufacturing will transform the way goods are made—and change the politics of jobs too".  Read the article here.

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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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