Makerspaces to Optimize Learning in Higher Education

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Universities are taking a new approach in offering their students environments that foster teamwork and fuel creativity for their students. According to an article published on Curiousitycommon, the term “maker learning” is used to describe humans’ natural desire to make things with their hands, and makerspaces allow students the perfect place to do just that [1]. Moreover, many students hear the word “makerspaces” and think of cutting edge technology like 3D printing, but Makerspaces offer so much more than the creation of new exciting gadgets. They provide students with a place to develop new skills at their leisure and change the learning process from a traditional, passive learning approach to a more active and innovative one [1]. In an article published on EdTech, makerspaces “[serve] as a model for kickstarting campus imagination” [2]. They provide a learning and innovative space for students to take risks, explore new ideas, and generate solutions; this enables students to take control of their education beyond the classroom setting,  and apply their educational, problem-solving, and technical skills to solve a variety of complex real-world problems.

Makerspaces incorporate a wide variety of technology from modular, magnetic building blocks to web-based 3D modeling applications. The diverse assortment of tools and readily-available crafting materials give students an avenue to explore new technologies at their level of interest. By and large, Makerspaces act as a hub for students to meet and work on either collaborative or individual projects [1]. They will continue to attract all kinds of students with all interests from programmers and engineers to woodworkers and graphic designers.

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[1] “Makerspaces: the Benefits,” Curiositycommons: of Libraries and Learning, 2015. [Blog]. Available: [Accessed July 13, 2018].

[2] M. Delaney, “Making Makerspaces Work on Campus,” EdTech: Focus on Higher Education, February 11, 2015. [Online]. Available: [Accessed July 13, 2018].