Industrial Makerspaces are designed to provide services that help creatives deliver more value on a daily basis.
EdTech Makerspaces, on the other hand, are designed to reinforce the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics.
For example: It’s easier to make the case for completing ones math homework when you can show how it can be used to produce the latest, most coveted action hero or some item of jewelry.
On the surface there is no conflict between Industrial Makerspaces and EdTech Makerspaces. Except when it comes to funding. And in world of limited or prioritized resource deployment this becomes problematic.
Long-term listeners, understand how difficult it is to develop a “fan base” for makerspace development. Librarians have a built-in audience willing to participate in any activity that will get them out of “class.”
Makerspace operators have to compete in the open market for both attention and funding. This leads us back to today’s question, what is an “Industrial Makerspace?” Industrial Makerspaces imply at the very least a weak association with the community’s industrialization/growth efforts.
No one will argue that industrialization does not lead to a more prosperous community. What’s missing is a broader conversation about why makerspace development is the best solution available today to accomplish this objective.
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