At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.
The FCFI Makerspace is a learner-centered environment characterized by self-guided, informal learning based on what most interests the student. The FCFI Makerspace provides the necessary tools, encouragement, expertise, and training to empower makers to act on their own innovative ideas.
FCFI's maker culture is characterized by makers actively participating in their own learning and discovery through experimenting and tinkering with various technologies, tools, and materials to solve problems and/or create prototypes. Interests range from engineering and design to traditional DIY (do-it-yourself) and arts and crafts. Equipment and tools range from electronics, robotics, 3-D design and printing, and the use of Computer Numeric Control (CNC) tools to arts and crafts supplies. Key characteristics of maker culture are networking, collaborating, and learning from others. The focus is on social and shared learning experiences in areas such as:
- Hands-on experimentation
- Design thinking
- 3D design and printing
- Video and sound editing
- Photo editing
- Product modeling and prototyping
- Arts and crafts
The enriching and transformative space allows creativity to flourish. Makers are encouraged to collaborate, take risks, think critically, and move beyond formal learning and curriculum.