What is a makerspace?
- A makerspace is an environment that fosters the maker mindset: creating something out of nothing and exploring your interests.
- Makerspaces are collaborative workspaces for a wide range of users. They may exist inside schools, libraries or other public/private facilities for making, learning, exploring and sharing. Makers can use high tech, low tech, or no tech tools.
- These spaces may include a variety of maker equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and sewing machines. However, they don’t need to include all machines or even any to be considered a makerspace.
- These customizable spaces also help to prepare people who need the critical 21st century skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We achieve these goals by providing hands on learning, critical thinking skills and boosting self-confidence.
- As a result, makerspaces foster entrepreneurship and are incubators for business startups.