This past month, Arizona State University held its first “maker summit” which “brought together teachers and students, engineers and artists, entrepreneurs and policymakers to discuss how education can be more hands-on and collaborative, all the way from preschool to college and beyond.” According to an ASU press release, the summit focused on ways to bring this type of “maker culture” to higher education:
Creating maker spaces is one of the key elements of a maker culture discussed at the summit. ASU is the first university in the country to partner with TechShop, a membership-based fabrication studio where anyone aged 16 years or older, with proper training, can use the tools and work on their projects. This fall, ASU extended free memberships to any full-time ASU student, a program that has led to more than 400 student memberships in less than two months.
Check out the video to get a better sense of what went on during the summit.