by Lawrence M. Wong, Edward A Lamere, Tolga Durak, Mitchell S. Galanek, and Nancy G. Leveson
Safety management in academic makerspaces poses particular challenges. Unconventional organizational structures and diverse user populations, among other factors, challenge traditional approaches. A systems theoretic hazard analysis can bolster facilities safety.
Open access to design, prototype, manufacture and the opportunity to exchange knowledge enables individuals to invent and build hardware products themselves. This represents the core elements of the so-called Maker Movement and supports the creation of start-ups.
Mount Holyoke College has been growing the “maker culture” for about four years, incorporating it throughout the liberal arts curriculum. In designing a new space that opened in January 2019 conscious choices were made to create an appealing space.
A variety of data collection methods available to higher education makerspaces are presented, along with their use and potential impact. Pros and cons are evaluated and presented for both passive methods (gate counters) and active methods (sign-in systems.)
by Amit Jariwala, Tim Felbinger, Thomas L. Spencer, Veronica Spencer, and Priyesh B. Patel
Students are perceived as having lesser experience and training when compared to typical machinists. This paper presents a novel training protocol that has demonstrated that a makerspace run by students can indeed be safe and accessible.
by Peter Mylon, Ryan G. Jones, William Proud, and Gary C. Wood
In the UK, makerspaces are still a relatively new concept, especially in higher education. This paper tackles five common misperceptions encountered by staff and students during the creation of The iForge at The University of Sheffield.