Maker Movement resonates with all of those characteristics that we believe makes America great: independence and ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness.

Last winter Kim, along with Erica Halverson, published a comparative study of three makerspaces in the Harvard Educational Review, based of their observations of sites in Pittsburgh, PA, Madison, WI, and Detroit, MI, each quite distinctive in its character and focus.

Despite the differences they found three unifying themes that they believe are common to makerspaces broadly:

  • Makerspaces’ multidisciplinarity fuels engagement and innovation;
  • makerspaces have a marked diversity of learning arrangements;
  • learning is in and for the making.

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