What is a makerspace?
- A resource that creates the opportunity to put theory into application, where failure is a welcomed component and there is no penalty to fail
- A place for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration; one that facilitates experimental play that engages students
- A community workspace for budding artists, craftspeople, engineers, makers, hobbyists and hardware developers
- A movement to empower students as creators and tinkerers
What are the goals of SPACE?
- To provide innovative tools, so that students can develop ideas and try implementing them
- To act as an incubator; a space where students can go to learn the skills to create things and have access to the tools necessary to create them
- To balance social interaction with individual exploration, while keeping students close enough together to inspire each other with ideas
- To partner with other programs and groups on campus, such as science, art, and broadcasting
Entrepreneurial Studies - A senior capstone course that develops an entrepreneurial mindset and teaches problem-solving skills that are essential to a student’s success later in life. The course provides students an opportunity to work with Albuquerque entrepreneurs, who present real-world business problems outlined in a scope of work, complete with hard deliverables and deadlines. Having done research, conducted customer interviews, and worked as a team to devise a solution, the students pitch their solutions directly to the business CEOs. In the fourth and final project, students work together to devise a concept for a business and pitch it “Shark Tank”-style to real investors.
SPACE Gets Makeover and Additional Equipment
Now in its fifth year, and as part of its objective to meet the interests and grow the experiences of students, SPACE acquired a BIBO dual-extruder/laser engraver 3D printer, a Cricut die-cutting machine, and a table saw. Students can now 3D print in two colors, engrave or etch on basic materials, die-cut from the most delicate paper and fabric to mat board and leather, and make different kinds of cuts on wood, such as a rip cut, a cross cut, miter cut, and bevel cuts.