The Experiential Learning in MakerSpaces presentation will present information on the kinds of interventions that have been undertaken in the areas experiential learning to address the Gap and whether they have had an impact.
MakerSpaces – on campus facilities for the creation of prototypes and products for academic, research, or commercial purposes – provide a setting in which students can learn one of the most important elements of their education: how to take a concept and convert it into a physical reality. Students learn the fundamentals of producing an item, including how to plan, how to design, how to test, and how to fail. They can develop a mastery of specific devices and techniques that will stand them in good stead in their careers. They can also be inspired by the simple, tactile act of bringing their ideas to life.
Two exemplary interventions will be presented:
- The Makerspace at New York University, presented by Victoria Bill, its creator and manager; and
- The Makerspace at Columbia University, presented by Mohamed Haroun, its co-founder and manager.
DR. JORGE GONZALEZ-CRUZ
PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
COORDINATOR, HSI:URBANO CONFERENCE
MAKERSPACE MANAGER AND ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
CO-FOUNDER OF NYC MAKERSPACE AND MAKERSPACE MANAGER