Examples of Innovative Makerspaces in the United States:
Here is a map of Library Makerspaces in the United States, which includes an interactive map that includes sortable data.
ThinkLab (University of Mary Washington) - ThinkLab is the exciting makerspace located in the Simpson Library at the University of Mary Washington. As a collaboration between the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, the College of Education, and the Library, ThinkLab hosts a variety of emerging technologies and tools for students and faculty across all disciplines.
MakerLab (University of Victoria) - The Maker Lab in the Humanities (“MLab”) at the University of Victoria opened our doors in September 2012 under the direction of Jentery Sayers (Assistant Professor, English; Faculty Member, CSPT). With research priority areas in physical computing, digital fabrication, and multisite exhibits, the MLab intersects cultural criticism with experimental prototyping and electronics. It blends a humanities research lab with a collaborative makerspace—a design that affords our team of students and faculty opportunities to build projects through various modes of knowing by doing. - See more at: http://maker.uvic.ca/about/#sthash.r7GLYB25.dpuf
UW IoT Lab (University of Wisconsin Madison) - The University of Wisconsin IoT lab is a campus-hub focused on learning, research and hands-on experimentation to discover and demonstrate the promise of the Internet of Things in consumer, retail, healthcare and industrial applications benefiting students and industry. Cross-functional teams of students from engineering, business, computer science, retail, and other disciplines work on projects in an open space format allowing for a unique opportunity to explore, extend, and innovate.
Open Hardware Makerspace - North Carolina State University
The Open Hardware Makerspaces long-term vision is to have the space and equipment to allow students to build "almost anything.” It is operated by student volunteers, and provides technical skills workshops, an interdisciplinary and collaborative community, and recognizing (particularly through K-12 outreach) the incredible capability and projects of our students.
Headquarters - Rutgers University
Located in Rutgers Centre for Innovation, the makerspace offers facilities as well as classes for students. It encourages the creative thinking process is essential to prepare you to act as a leader and innovator in a technology driven economy. Classes are held within a working makerspace, a growing movement of hands-on, mentor-led learning environments that's part classroom, part workshop and part think tank. In true entrepreneurial spirit, our Entrepreneurship Bootcamp will help you get your innovation to a successful product.
A FabLab is a low-cost digital workshop equipped with laser-cutters, routers, 3D scanners, 3D milling machines, and programming tools, where you can "make almost anything." The mission of the Stanford Fab Lab is to improve the teaching of science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) in schools. Everything that it develops is in support of project-based, student-centered, constructionist learning with a particular STEM.focus. The focus in the Fab Lab is on invention, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving. Students using the digital fabrication labs learn science and engineering by creating inventions to solve real-world problems, and by designing scientific experiments to examine their own theories about nature.
The center for innovation and entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University provides a space for students, faculty, and alumni and members of the community to tinker and creatively invent. Located in a 7-story, 50,000 square foot facility, with 3 floors occupied and more to undergo renovation soon, this $35M project is one of the largest university-based innovation centers in the world. It includes 3D printers, laser cutters, software, and other tools that allow users to build and create original projects.
The Whale Lab considers itself a Making/fabrication space that meets interdisciplinary research lab. The Wheaton Autonomous Learning Lab is full of robots, computers, tools, and spaces to work on projects. Students, staff, and faculty work on artificial intelligence research projects and make. Students that learn to use the equipment safely have access to this space or can use the space with student mentors.
The Invention Studios at Georgia Tech is student-run maker space open to all of Georgia Tech. It is staffed by the Prototyping Instructors, student volunteers who are on hand to train you and help with your projects. Use of the studio is free for all students, faculty and staff of Georgia Tech, regardless of year, major, or prior experience.
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