The Georgia Institute of technology was looking to meet the desires of three key stakeholder groups – students, faculty, and industry. Students were looking for more practice-based, hands-on learning, faculty wanted a greater opportunity for students to explore real-world problems, and industry had expressed a need for more creative and better prepared graduates. And so, a maker space was created to meet these needs.
While this article explores the value of maker education for engineering students, the lessons learned apply to any field where students need to be innovative and creative to succeed.
The Inventions Studio: A university maker space and culture. In Advances in engineering education.