A timeless goal of a college education—to move students toward ever-greater intellectual autonomy and self-confidence so that they may become leaders in their chosen fields—is best reached by allowing students to embrace and create their own learning using a developmental approach. Such an approach requires an atmosphere that nurtures diverse interests, values initiative, and celebrates accomplishment. We believe that a 21st century version of this atmosphere would be greatly enhanced by having a makerspace on campus for students to use in creatively pursuing their own learning, both in the classroom and independently. Makerspaces provide a collaborative learning environment where a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation are developed.
Take a look at our guide for more information about using the space and what’s in it.
The Lawrence University Interdisciplinary Makerspace for Engaged Learning was generously funded by an Associated Colleges of the Midwest Faculty Career Enhancement grant ongoing support is provided by the library media center and technology services.
Thanks to Allison Wray for her work in designing the Makerspace Logo.