What is a Makerspace?

Makerspaces are generally a space to design and create things. A makerspace can be any size and any type of space where people create. It can be a corner of your room, a formal makerspace building within a community, and anything in between.

Three Core Principles of Makerspaces

Makerspaces allow people…

  • freedom to experiment
  • to feel comfortable with failing
  • the opportunity to progress and iterate

“You Can’t Buy a Makerspace, You Have to Make a Makerspace”

This quote from our Director of Technology emphasizes a key understanding about makerspaces – simply purchasing a bunch of materials and tools and equipment does not make a makerspace. In order for a makerspace to be effective as such, you have to create an environment where learning through hands-on activities is taking place. The most important takeaway from this statement is that a true makerspace is not a solution you can buy off the shelf and just expect amazing things to happen.

One of the things we believe is that a makerspace is more a mindset than a special place. If you adopt this viewpoint, then any space can become a makerspace. If you have a desire to foster a place for young makers to explore learning through making, you can begin exactly where you are right now; you don’t need to wait for a fancy space.
Makerspaces are not about the technology or equipment, at least not exclusively. It’s much more about creating an environment that fosters learning and creativity.

What is the Purpose of a Makerspace?

Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes and focus on a variety of different forms of making, but there are a few traits of makerspaces that are universal.

  • offer inspiration
  • provide access to supplies and equipment
  • are cooperative / collaborative