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the knowledge and theories learned
in classrooms. This development is
the logical continuation of educational
trends that bring technology into
primary schools, camps, public
programs, or proprietary spaces that
offer public access to 3-D printing
or rapid prototyping. Long before
they reach college, youth are being
exposed to concepts such as robotics
through programs such as the FIRST
Lego League and FIRST Robotics
competition.
Karen Cator, chief executive
officer of Digital Promise, a nonprofit
organization created by the U.S.
Congress to broaden the use of
technology for improving education,
touted the creation of campus
makerspaces. In an article by John
Schwartz in The New York Times
(February, 5, 2016), she explains the
value of the kind of hands-on learning
offered in these labs: "You're exploring
creativity, you're exploring design
thinking, you're developing a sense
of persistence. These are incredibly
important mindsets for today's world."
Drew Zimmerman, the residence
education specialist for West Campus
Operations at the University of
Washington in Seattle, admits that
creating a makerspace in a residence
hall was initially a little "out there"
for housing professionals to consider.
However, with the encouragement
and support of the university's
School of Engineering - which was
already a partner in the Engineering
Living-Learning Community and
the development of the Leadership
and Creativity Community - it found
an accessible starting point. In
addition to helping provide resources,
Zimmerman explains that they are
hosting classes this term for the
School of Engineering "so students
can just wake up, go downstairs, and
go to class now, which is pretty cool."
The University of Washington
space, dubbed Area 01, has several

different labs. In the Dabble Lab is
the more traditional makerspace
equipment such as 3-D printers, a drill
press, CNC mill, sewing machines,
and soldering stations. Three more
spaces nurture other creative outlets.
The Gaming Lab includes pods,
gaming computers, and systems like
Xbox and Wii U. The Sound Lab is a
sophisticated digital recording studio
equipped with a drum kit, amps,
keyboards, and software needed for
recording and voiceover work. Finally,
the Image Lab features digital and
video photography equipment, a green
screen, cameras, lighting, and other
equipment that can be checked out
and used. As the space developed,
Zimmerman explains, input came
from a variety of sources. "We have
a 3-D printing club that's been pretty
informing to us as well as some
gaming groups. We would have never
thought to add gaming computers
until we talked to the students."
Not surprisingly, makerspaces
differ from one campus to another,
but all have a similar goal: to provide
an area in which students can create,
innovate, learn, brainstorm, design,
and execute. At Virginia Tech students
stretch their imaginations in two
studios connected with the inVenTs
Residential Community, a collection
of four living-learning communities
named, appropriately enough, after
noted brainiacs Hypatia, Galileo,
Curie, and DaVinci. In addition
to the already well-established
living-learning communities, the
school's College of Engineering
was highly involved in the planning
and operation of the makerspace in
the residence hall. Susan ArnoldChristian, assistant director for
the diversity office in the College
of Engineering, emphasizes the
importance of having academic
partners. "I can't imagine doing
this without academic affairs to go
after the funding and have faculty

participate with us," she says. "I
would think that for a residential staff
person, it would be a very important
thing for them to develop connections
with academic affairs. [Having a
makerspace] helps the college. So
in reciprocation, [academic affairs]
should be supporting the makerspace
with their time and resources, as
well." The program also receives
funding through grant and donor
monies.
The partnership between the
academic and student life offices
was slightly different at Carnegie
Mellon University in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. While the computer
science and engineering departments
were consulted during the planning
stages of the Morewood Gardens
Makerspace, it is the housing
department that purchased all the
materials for the space and runs all its
operations. The makerspace, which
was created in an existing residence
hall as part of its renovation plan,
includes some large equipment, such
as a laser cutter, as well as smaller
equipment such as electronic power
tools, audio recording devices,
cameras, and sewing machines.
Faculty are still used for consultation
and guest programming, but there
is no true partnership with other
departments that affects the day-to-day
management of the makerspace.
The University of Utah in Salt
Lake City will open the Lassonde
Studios residence complex in August,
2016, which, as its website notes,
will serve as a "hub for innovators,
makers and entrepreneurs." This
unique residential option is a
collaboration between the housing
department, the university's David
Eccles School of Business, and The
Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute.
Funding for the project came as the
result of student, staff, alumni, and
donor support for the makerspace
movement, according to Rachel

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Contents
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Facilities
Special Focus - Learning by Listening
Marketing and Communications
Foundational
Power On
Dishing Up Community
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
New Members
Snapshot
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