Jeff Sturges – Strengthening Communities with Makerspaces

June 12, 2012
9:00am - 10:00am PST
By Connected Learning Alliance

How can Makerspaces build community, excite peer learning, and drive entrepreneurial experimentation?

Key Questions and Comments:

  • (07:58) What is the difference between a hackerpsace and a Makerspace?
  • (12:40) Were you the first to use ‘Makerspace’ at Mt. Elliott or were there other spaces using that term?
  • (22:21) So everybody volunteers at the Mt. Elliott Makerspace or do you actually have staff?
  • (24:32) So how many people do have in the space at any given time? I’m kind of curious about the ratios when you’re having kids, especially younger kids, and the supervision that’s required.
  • (29:48) There’s an idea, I think, of two different Makerspaces. One is a distinct place where you are introducing people to technology. And then I see a Makerspace where you’re attracting people who are already interested in technology. Going forward, do you foresee Makerspaces that are combining those two target audiences?
  • (36:20) What issues would there be with starting a Makerspace in a vocational tech (urban) school that could be shared with the community? If cost is not an issue, what equipment should we look at?
  • (44:25) Do you have a different set of expectations for OmniCorpDetroit than you do for the Mt. Elliott Makerspace?
  • (46:40) Can you talk about the interplay between these spaces of school life, home life, and Makerspaces?
  • (50:24) What about libraries? There’s a question in the Livestream about partnering with the libraries?

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