Although it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origins of the makerspace movement . The earliest record of a makerspace could potentially date back to 1873, when a quilting and sewing social club was founded in Gowanda, which is now known as the Gowanda Free Library (Shanshan, 2016). Then hackerspaces start popping up in 1960s. In 2010s, the evolution of technology and do-it yourself (DIY) culture began changing towards a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Since then, the idea of making spread worldwide and began officially appearing in libraries and other institutions. After a century, there are over 1500 makerspaces all over the world (Maker Faire, 2016).
This doesn't answer the basic query, what exactly is a Makerspace. If we simply try to decode the words 'Maker' and 'Space', it is self explanatory. A space where we can make things. When we talk about making, we mean working with material and tools. There is no specific formula or specs for a makerspace. It can be as simple as a carpentry club or as sophisticated as a sci-fi lab with new age additive manufacturing capabilities, CNC machines and Laser cutters.
Makerspace at JKLU is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing. This space is open to students, adults, and start ups and has a variety of maker equipment. The purpose of makerspace at JKLU is to enable a user or individual to bring ideas to a tactile prototype stage so it can be tried and tested. Further amendments are made to the model depending on the insights gained from testing stage.
Makerspace has a vast variety of industrial and high tech tools to assist and enable users to create and manipulate a wide range of materials like wood, bamboo, plastics, acrylic, soft and hard metal in wire or sheet form. Technical assistance is provided for users who are not adept with the tools and technology. The ultimate aim of Makerspace is to help materialize ideas to life. This has been achieved by bringing technology and techniques that were previously only available to industries and research labs. Now that you are clear about makerspaces , join us in the revolution in Making.