Document Type

Unpublished Paper

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

Albertsons Library’s MakerLab and the College of Innovation’s Make It VIP form a makerspace available to all students, staff, and faculty at Boise State University. This space is free for all, and successfully creates an environment where students are able to obtain job skills, while also inventing and building their own ideas, prototypes, services, and businesses.

As a radically inclusive community, providing democratized access to emerging technologies, the makerspace creates an innovative culture of learning. Students participating in this environment obtain job skills including: rapid prototyping, 3D design, 3D printing, interdisciplinary problem solving, teamwork, cultural competencies, communication, training, curriculum development, customer service, design thinking, and education.

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