WHAT IS AN OPEN LABORATORY? Inspiration for emerging makerspaces

Klaus Thestrup, Aarhus University, Denmark Some recent discussions and developments on open laboratories in Denmark can benefit the future development of Makerspaces as an emergent place where tools, materials and processes are not defined in advance or can be changed according to decisions and needs by the participants in a makerspace. A group of researchers,…

Be the change you want

Klaus Thestrup. Aarhus University, Denmark I had the great pleasure of visiting George Marusteru, the co-founder of Hatch Atelier in Bucharest, Romania. During my visit I had many conversations with him on makerspaces, the educational system in Romania, the countrys recent history – and possible future. It all took place while large demonstrations suddenly emerged…

Making in Melbourne

David Hyatt As part of the MAKEY project, Hans Christian Arnseth (University of Olso) and I visited two Makerspaces in schools in Melbourne at the end of March 2017. At the first school, Collingwood College, we were welcomed by the campus principal Dale Perichon, the principal of the secondary school, Craig Bradley along with makers…

Maker Literacies in Canada

Jennifer Rowsell in Brock University Canada, a partner on the MakEY project, will be starting a new funded research project in September 2017 on maker literacies, which involves six projects that combine the expertise of artists and media producers with educators in the Niagara region. Built on the maker tradition, the research will embrace creative…

MakEY in Melbourne

Hans Christian Arnseth and David Hyatt Melbourne is in many ways an epitome of a modern city. It is diverse, dynamic and full of life. The MakEY project has a strong link to Victoria University through Professor Nicola Yelland and several members of the project will travel to Melbourne during the next couple of years….

A Secondment to Fab Lab Berlin

Fiona Scott is currently undertaking a number of secondments with the MakEY project as a representative of The University of Sheffield. Over the next eight months, her Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship will give her an opportunity to visit a diverse range of makerspaces in five countries: Germany, Iceland, Denmark, Canada and Australia. The fellowship will give…

Maker Spaces – A Report from Canada

Kate Pahl is in Canada on the MakeEY project working with with Jennifer Rowsell, from Brock University, who has set up a Maker Space project with three colleagues – Dr. Candace Figg, Kim Pelchat, and Shannon Welbourn. Kate interviewed Jennifer about this project, and here are her thoughts. Jennifer: We came together and said, “Lets…