SALISBURY, Md., Aug. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- You're a college student. You have an innovative idea for cleaning garbage from the ocean. But you need time, some private space and a few software programs. Hopefully your college has a maker space for you and maybe some collaborators to help push the project forward. In a maker space you have the freedom to explore, create, test, and maybe help save the world.
Maker Spaces have been around since 1995 when a group of people in Berlin joined forces to hack technology to nudge into doing things it wasn't initially intended for. The maker space gradually evolved into groups that regularly meet to create new solutions from cutting edge technology, or maybe some challenging artwork.
U.S. colleges and universities with maker spaces have dedicated environments where students can gather, use technology and work on boundary-stretching projects in the arts and the sciences, including engineering, biology and physics.
The mind is the limit.
Maker spaces are flexible and unique to each institution. What they do have in common are cutting edge equipment, comfortable environments and people with a penchant to push the limits.
Researchers at Great Value Colleges (GVC), a leader in the educational field, define a college maker space as "being something between a traditional classroom and a space where people meet up to use technology to create new solutions," explained GVC Editor Julie McCaulley. "They encourage creativity and novel approaches to global problems."
"A college needs to be able to do this with technologies, the arts, and its personal philosophy to be included in this list," McCaulley said.
GVC's methodology is included in its article, "50 Best Maker Spaces: These Cutting Edge College Collaborative Services Truly ROCK!" The article lists the institutions, the maker space environments and samples of cutting edge projects.
"As the nature of how and what we learn continues to evolve, university maker spaces will become more crucial, not only for students but also for the entire community," McCaulley said. "Maker spaces can provide the tools and support necessary for creativity to flourish and dreams to be realized."
These are the top 15 of the top 50 college and university maker spaces as identified by Great Value Colleges.
University of California, Berkeley
University of Washington
West Lafayette, Indiana
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California
Kent State University
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Arizona State University
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Contact: Julie McCaulley, Editor