"MAKERSPACES are informal sites for creative production in art, science, engineering where people of all ages blend digital and physical technologies to explore ideas, learn technical skills, and create new products" (Sheridan, Halverson, Litts, Brahms, Jacobs-Priebe & Owens ,2014, p. 505).
In MAKING, learning is the product of play, experimentation, and authentic inquiry. People who make construct knowledge through the act of making something that is shareable (Halverson & Sheridan, 2014, p. 497,498).
"The great promise of the MAKER MOVEMENT in education is to democratize access to the discourses of power that accompany becoming a producer of artifacts. Especially when those artifacts use twenty-first-century technologies" (Halverson & Sheridan, 2014, p. 500).
Multiple spaces with different foci
Outsiders can see into the various spaces to peak curiosity
Examples of work are on display to inspire
Open to the public / community
Make tools available: sewing machines, welders, computers, cameras, laser cutters, 3d printers, saws, hammers, etc
Draw on experience of others
Teach others what you know
Share what you are doing with the community & the world
Gather materials: wood, plastic, cardboard, fabric, yarn, tape, wire, motors, Legos, etc
Halverson, E.R. & Sheridan, K. (2014). The maker movement in education. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 495-465.
Sheridan, K. Halverson, E.R., Litts, B.K., Brahms, L, Jacobs-Priebe, L., & Owens, T. (2014) Learning in the making: A comparative case-study of three maker spaces. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 505-565.