What is a Makerspace?

What is a Makerspace?

Public and school libraries are starting to offer makerspaces to their patrons and students. But just what is a makerspace and why is it a good idea for CCPCS to have one?

Makerspaces are places where people can make and create things. Some makerspaces have lots of technology like 3D printers, laser cutters, wire benders, and more. Others offer things like legos, free use of art supplies and materials, tools, or the chance to deconstruct old electronics and build new things out of them. Programming, video and music making can also be a part of makerspaces.

More than just a place to have fun, makerspaces offer opportunities: the opportunity to use one’s imagination, to stretch one’s abilities, to work with others with the same interests, or discover an interest you never knew you had. They encourage using science, technology, engineering, art and math skills, problem solving, and collaboration.

Makerspaces in schools are student-driven. Students are often given challenges to make things and are expected to bring their own creativity, drive and knowledge to the table. As a first step in launching a makerspace at CCPCS, the library is going to be offering a Makers Club starting in the Spring.

We hope everyone will support us in building the CCPCS Makerspace. If you have any suggestions, have a particular skill or hobby you would like to teach or demo for Makers Club, or have any donations to make, please drop by the library! For more information on the kinds of things often offered as part of makerspaces, check out the slideshow below.