Space for Startups to work on their prototypes and viable products. The Maker Space lab facility performs an active catalyst to promote innovation amongst the university and school students. These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence. Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to design & technology, electronics, 3D printing, 3D modeling, coding and programming, robotics, media production, interactive painting, arts, woodworking and many more
A Makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces. Therefore, it must be designed to accommodate a wide range of activities, tools and materials. Diversity and cross-pollination of activities are critical to the design, making and exploration process, and they are what set makerspaces and STEAM labs apart from single-use spaces.
These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines. Makerspaces are typically run by one person who oversees the equipment, manages the weekly schedule, and promotes creative projects that align with curriculum objectives.