Release date: April, 2016
The Maker Movement is rapidly growing at educational institutions around the world and across age
and employment levels, from kindergarten to mid- and late-career. "Making" offers complementary
learning environments to the traditional classroom and helps participants develop skills that differ
from those developed in traditional student projects and learn-by-doing classes. The spaces housing
these activities are called makerspaces, also sometimes referred to as hackerspaces, hacker labs or
fab labs. Broadly, they are all interdisciplinary, participatory, peer-supported learning
environments where people can design and invent among a community of other makers.
In line with the "Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy" (DWM) framework, the California
Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) is interested in growing a statewide network of
makerspaces linked to California Community Colleges (CCs) as a key partner in developing a workforce
for the innovation economy. At the CCCCO's request, CCST was commissioned to develop a report to inform these efforts.
This paper includes a
literature review, background research, and interviews intended to inform the development of a playbook of considerations and
recommendations for establishing a network of makerspaces. Appendix C: Makerspace Budget Example
is available for download as a separate Excel spreadsheet file.