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Building an Entrepreneurial and Innovative Culture in a University Makerspace

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Making, Hacking, and Extracurricular Design

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Design in Engineering Education

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Victoria Bill New York University, Tandon School of Engineering

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Victoria Bill is the MakerSpace Lab Manager and an adjunct professor in the First-Year Engineering Program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She studied electrical engineering and received her B.S. from the Ohio State University and her M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Anne-Laure Fayard New York University, Tandon School of Engineering

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This paper reports on the first nine months of a new makerspace, with a focus on student perception of the space and the development of a community of practice. A mixed method approach – a survey, in situ observations, and interviews – was used to assess the space. Staff, faculty, and student involvement are reported. Student led training sessions and workshops, with varying levels of participation, are documented to develop best practices. Qualitative and quantitative data show that a true community of practice has yet to emerge, but many elements are present in the space. First semester attendance indicates that over half the population of the school of engineering uses the space and diversity of use is growing. Integration into the curriculum of several departments is planned. An iterative approach was used for the design of the space, and this approach is continued as the community and culture of the makerspace develops.

Bill, V., & Fayard, A. (2017, June), Building an Entrepreneurial and Innovative Culture in a University Makerspace Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27985

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