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Why do employers need creative skills?

In this video, Alison speaks to the organiser of a STEM event for children to see how makerskills are being utilised by employers. John Barber from WorkWise organises Get Up …

The MakEY project

Our work on makerspaces at the University of Sheffield has grown out of a number of research projects we have undertaken over the past few years. In this video, Alison …

Types of Makerspaces in Schools

It is easier than you might think to start a makerspace in school. As we have learned already, makerspaces are not a one size fits all approach and can vary …

Makerspaces and Accessibility

Makerspaces are community spaces and it is important that they are accessible to all. As we begin to think about setting up our own makerspaces, we need to consider the …

What is the Maker Cycle?

The Maker Cycle is a simple way of introducing makers to fundamental design and engineering concepts and processes. What is the Maker Cycle? An important part of making is the …

How to Set Up a Makerspace

There are a number of things to consider when thinking about setting up a makerspace. It can be helpful to answer the following key questions. Considerations for Setting Up a …

A year of making and suggested projects

It can be helpful to think about what a year of making might look like in your setting. This is likely to be quite different for schools including making into …

Developing a Maker Network

When creating a makerspace, it’s important to develop a network of people with a range of skills and expertise to support you. This network should be as diverse as possible …

Inclusivity in Makerspaces

There have been many claims that makerspaces can promote democratic participation in society. However, the reality is rather different. Issues of gender, ethnicity and social class mean access to makerspaces …

Maker Clubs

What opportunities do people have to access and interact with makerspaces? One approach is through running a club. Libraries, as well as community groups, museums and schools, are a great …

Why Have Makerspaces in Libraries?

There are many reasons why libraries are great locations for organising makerspaces. In this article, we’ll explore the advantages that libraries have and hear from library staff in Sheffield, Barnsley …