June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Some argue that the concept of a makerspace has been around since the late 1800s, starting out in public libraries, with the most recent modern, public versions originating around the year 2000. In 2009, MIT formed the Fab Foundation as a way to formalize Fab Labs and Innovation Centers, regarding equipment and capabilities of those lab spaces. Since then, makerspaces, fab labs, innovation centers, and engineering labs have grown exponentially, primarily within colleges and universities, as well as at public libraries, and private companies open to the public. It is only recently that community colleges have started to jump into the creation and use of these types of spaces.
Compared to private companies, as well as 4-year colleges and universities, community colleges are often extremely limited in the technology and capabilities they can offer users of these lab spaces. In many instances, community college innovation centers can barely be considered a makerspace due to limitations of equipment and scope of capabilities, let alone staffing within an environment that focuses on a near one hundred percent off-campus student body. This paper is intended to present a brief history of this up and coming technological space within community colleges, as well as lessons learned and suggestions from those community colleges that have jumped into this innovative, yet expensive endeavor, while on an often extremely limited budget.
Whitesel, C., & Langhoff, N., & Wehrfritz, M. (2019, June), Community College Innovation Centers – Lessons Learned from Works in Progress Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32520
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