Interested in adding 3D printing and other makerspace tools to your courses, but not sure how? Below is a presentation delivered to Lawrence University faculty about some of the whys and hows of using the LU makerspace with coursework.
What is a makerspace and what’s in our makerspace?
Hands-On, Kinesthetic, Active Learning
Problem Solving Process
Differentiation of Learning
Prepare for Work
Engaged Learning at Lawrence University
Challenges of educational makerspaces
Examples of uses from projects at LU and elsewhere by discipline/general subject area
Math & Computer Science
Psychology & Neuroscience
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Things made by students outside of classwork
Things made by student organizations and campus departments
Where to find this stuff?
3D print search engines & general repositories
How to go about adding this stuff to your classes
Since we presented this, we’ve also worked on a couple more ways to help faculty add the makerspace tools and equipment to their courses and research:
Makerspace Assignment Request Form: By letting us know about the intended learning outcomes and equipment they’d like to use, we can do some research and set up a time to meet to discuss assignment ideas.
Faculty 3D Printing Request Form: We’re happy to print objects that faculty may need for their teaching or scholarly/creative work. While faculty are welcome to come over and do their own printing, we know that sometimes this isn’t possible.
At a presentation to our faculty over the summer, we had the opportunity to share some of the awesome ways our makerspace and its tools and equipment can be integrated into a wide range of academic disciplines. Some of what we talked about is on our assignments by subject page. We were a little worried that all of the new project ideas could be overwhelming, however, especially when many faculty are interested in working with existing courses. In an effort to make things a little easier to digest, we came up with the following:
How to Integrate the Makerspace into your Courses:
Look at your courses and think about how a creative assignment or visualization might help in the understanding of a concept, event, place, etc.
Think about times during the course when many students had a difficult time understanding or staying engaged with the content and may have benefited from hands-on work or a change of scenery.
Do a library database search to find articles about different ways 3D printing & other makerspace tools have been integrated into your discipline.
Do a web search to find content about different ways 3D printing & other makerspace tools have been integrated into your discipline.
Contact your friendly makerspace coordinators. We have tons of ideas and are happy to chat about them!
It’s even available as an image, if you’d prefer! We know assignment design is a complex process, but we hope these tips can at least make it a little easier for faculty of all academic disciplines to provide high-tech, hands-on coursework for their students.