What is a makerspace?
- A makerspace is defined as an environment that fosters the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests.
- A makerspace is a collaborative work space for a wide range of audiences inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.
- While these spaces may include a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines, a makerspace doesn’t need to include all of these machines or any of them to be considered a makerspace.
- These customizable spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by providing hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.
- Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups.