Making Space for Maker Space

Methods and Metrics to Build Maker Culture


Tradeline // College and University Science and Engineering Facilities

Friday, November 17, 2017

St. Petersburg, Florida

Maker Space is seen as an indispensable part of academic engineering and science programs, but for new maker space initiatives to succeed, they must be aligned with pedagogical models, existing facility resources, and related academic programs. In this session, Flad Principal Stevens Williams and Planner Stuart Lewis discuss programming methods and metrics for establishing new maker space by analyzing economic, cultural, and generational drivers behind the maker revolution, and the responses that contribute to high-value, long-term facility solutions. Williams and Lewis set out programming processes and space metrics that mirror the innovation life-cycle, and solutions for common challenges associated with campuses and infrastructure. They illustrate the advantages of diverse maker space facilities, profile three types of facilities and maker cultures, and distill factors for success.