June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Design in Engineering Education
26.138.1 - 26.138.19
Academic Makerspaces and Engineering Design Vincent Wilczynski, Eric Dufresne, Joseph Zinter Lead Author: Vincent.Wilczynski@Yale.edu Yale University School of Engineering and Applied ScienceThe arrival of academic makerspaces on college campuses signals an important developmentfor engineering design education. On a growing number of campuses, traditional machine shopequipment has been combined with digital design and manufacturing tools to establish creativecommunities. These communities support academic, extracurricular and personal designactivities under the watch of university faculty and staff. As awareness of the value of academicmakerspaces increases in academic and non-academic settings, a greater number ofuniversities are entering this new approach to learning and creating, often with uniqueinstitutional purposes. This paper examines a collection of academic makerspaces to report ontheir unique attributes as models for institutions who are planning to create academicmakerspace. The paper will review facilities at MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology,Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Arizona, Stamford University and YaleUniversity to highlight the unique attributes of each institutional model for an academicmakerspace.
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