Mak­erspaces

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A mak­erspace is a phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion where peo­ple gather to cre­ate, net­work and learn from each other. It pro­vides tools and fa­cil­i­ties in a com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­ment—li­brary, com­mu­nity cen­tre, and cam­pus labs—with ex­pert in­ter­ven­tion only where nec­es­sary. This idea of a collaborative stu­dio or mak­erspace is slowly gath­er­ing mo­men­tum in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor wherein the mer­its of mak­erspace as an ‘in­for­mal com­bi­na­tion’ of a lab, work­shop floor and con­fer­ence room are be­ing hailed. This in­no­va­tive con­cept is gain­ing a strong­hold in the fields of en­gi­neer­ing, com­puter science and graphic de­sign as well as sciences due to its learn­ing through a hands-on ex­ploratory ap­proach.

Key ben­e­fit Mak­erspace al­lows a stu­dent or an in­di­vid­ual to take con­trol of their own learn­ing ver­sus ‘be­ing taught.’

SHUTTERSTOCK

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