Introduction to Makerspaces. Garages for innovation Stephen Carter Rutgers University email@example.com. A Rich History.
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Garages for innovation
Some of today’s hottest companies were started in a garage or dorm room. Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook. Today these companies aren’t too worried about competing with each other. What keep’s them up at night is the thought of what some geek is doing in some garage.
We want to build a nation of garages….
Fab Labs (New York)
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A makerspace (also referred to as a hacklab, hackerspace or creative space) is a location where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate. Makerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops carftshops, and/or studios where makers come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.
A Hackerspace historically was a location where people can repurpose items: i.e. take two toasters and a vacuum cleaner and turn it into a flying jetpack.
A Makerspace has emphasis on STEM, CAD, crafts, innovation, creativity and education. Making things.
Makerspaces can take many forms
Technology, machinery, crafts,
…. but its not justabout the equipment.
Makerspace goals are simple:
create, motivate, innovate.
Not just Pop-tarts and Cheetos
Times when facility is open to its members/public for fabrication, experimentation, or fixing one's toaster.
Informal seminars (i.e weekly) on some mutual topic of interest. Includes 30-60 minute, followed by experimentation.
Organized competition in various topics. Many including commercial sponsorship and prizes.
Using makerspaces as the vehicle for advanced educational strategies, i.e. learn by doing.
MIT Power Wheels Racing at New York’s Maker Faire every September.
R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S formed in 1966
The RESISTORS - Radically Emphatic Students Interested in Science, Technology and Other Research Subjects was one of the first computer clubs in the United States, meeting in the sixties and seventies in a Hopewell Barn in central New Jersey. The group of computer geeks (mostly teen students at Hopewell Valley Central High School) formed in 1966 to play with electronics, write primitive code, talk about the future of computing, and protest bad science education. Publicly Supported
High Schoolers in a Hopewell Barn
Most Makerspaces have common equipment base…
Most makerspaces today are electronic / IT centric. Equipment supported includes 3d printers, laser cutters,
micro-controllers (Arduino), electronics and robotics.
Makerspaces emerging in new focus areas
Allowing small business and entrepreneurs to compete with Fortune 500 companies. Some examples:
Makerspaces and Entrepreneurship, perfect together
Perhaps the next bubble?
A new era of entrepreneurship and innovation that promises to reinvent business models and manufacturing.
A world where anyone can make almost anything where an individual can be a one-man corporation with global distribution.
Membership Supported (Private)
Typically a group of like-minded individuals forming a 501c3 supported by membership dues ($25-$100 per month). Pays rental of space (garage/warehouse), insurance, and basic equipment. Loosely organized.
A makerspace at a university, k-12, library, museum, etc. Supported by grants, foundations, donations, public funds.
Also membership based, but designed for profit. Usually large with broad base of equipment, classes and membership plans.
Many examples happening now:
Located in California, Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, the TechShop chain is a membership-based project workshop that provides member access to tools, equipment, instruction and a community of creative and supportive people who can help you build the things you've always wanted to make.
Lowes/TechShop Austin facility is 17,000 square feet:
NextFab’s Philadelphia facility is 21,000 square feet:
Surplus machinery moves to a historic theatre
Industrial equipment maintenance and repair guy starts workshop for artists, craftsman, and innovators in an old Collingswood theatre helping to bring craftsmanship back to the US.
Milwaukee Public Library
Detroit Public Library
Cleveland Public Library
West Port, CT Library
MIT Mobile Fab Lab
Based at Rutgers University, the New Jersey Makerspace Association will:
Private Foundations, State/Federal, In-Kind Donations
We encourage everyone to start making in your communities and schools. Create something of your own imagination. The thought of starting a makerspace can be daunting. Finding space, funding and selecting equipment, engaging the public, recruiting mentors and staff, liability, etc.
is here to help. Publicly Supported
The importance of play
Let us know your ideas!
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