Presenters: George Meadows Tim Owens
A makerspace has been defined as “a place where people can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.” The focus for a makerspace might include aspects of technology, science, art, and engineering. The “things” produced in this space might fit any one of these categories or they might fit several. In this presentation we discuss some of the current ideas and implementations of makerspace thinking and we discuss what a makerspace at the University of Mary Washington might look like, what it might contain, and how it might be used. We will be addressing such topics as maker culture, 3D scanning and printing, Arduino microcontrollers, and how this technology might all fit together. Much of this talk will be based upon our plans for an upcoming First Year Seminar, Mashups and Makerbots, to be taught for the first time in the Fall of 2012.