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Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Session III, A-D

Makerspace
George Meadows 

What will you see and work with in this makerspace? 

  • 3D printing
  • Makey Makey and Pico boards (alternative input devices)
  • Microcontrollers for interactive computing (Arduino and Hummingbird boards)
  • LittleBits circuitry components
  • Cubelets modular robotics blocks
  • E-Textiles
  • Soldering stations for work on electronic components

What is a Makerspace?

“Learning environments rich with possibilities, Makerspaces serve as gathering points where communities of new and experienced makers connect to work on real and personally meaningful projects, informed by helpful mentors and expertise, using new technologies and traditional tools.” -Makerspace.com, a website devoted to makerspaces.

“Makerspaces are community oriented physical places, where people with similar interests can meet to socialize, collaborate, share, and work on projects. They often include elements of machine shops, wood working shops, and art studios where creative minds can get together to share resources, tools, and knowledge to build new things. Members usually embody aspect of the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) ethic and the spaces and members together are part of the larger DIY Movement.” -South Coast Innovator Lab, a Massachusetts – based makerspace.

An excellent guide to makerspaces (what you find there, what happens there) can be found at the www.makerspace.com website. You can download (as a PDF) their Makerspace Playbook from the site.