What is a Makerspace?
A Makerspace is community center with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that would not be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.
Makerspaces can take the form of loosely-organized individuals sharing space and tools, for-profit companies, non-profit corporations, organizations affiliated with or hosted within schools, universities or libraries, and more. All are united in the purpose of providing access to equipment, community, and education. Every Makerspace is unique in exactly how it is arranged to fit the purposes of its particular community.
Makerspaces represent the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education. They are a fairly new phenomenon, but are beginning to produce projects with significant national impacts.
- The Makerspace Playbook
- The Makerspace Playbook, School Edition
- The Makerspace Workbench
- NYSCI and Cognizant created the Maker Blueprint
- Making a Makerspace? Guidelines for Accessibility and Universal Design