[Discuss] international symposium on academic makerspaces, Nov 13-16 2016

Nancy Ouyang nancy.ouyang at gmail.com
Mon Jul 11 20:54:57 UTC 2016

may be of interest to folks on these mailing lists --

1st Call for Papers
(due 8/21/2016 via email - see template for details)

1st International Symposium on Academic MakerspacesNovember 13th-16th, 2016
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology <http://web.mit.edu/> in
Cambridge, MA

ISAM is a collaborative effort between:
MIT • Georgia Tech • Yale • Case Western Reserve • Stanford • Berkeley •
Olin • Carnegie Mellon

Upcoming ISAM and complimentary milestones:

   - Formation of the Global Association of Academic Makerspaces- in Fall
   - Makershare - Central database of Maker knowledge, best practices and
   resources - Coming July 2016
   - International Journal of Higher Education Makerspaces - Coming
   November 2016

*Why ISAM?*

ISAM joins the people, knowledge & inspiration that fuse to catalyze higher
education makerspaces which maximize their impact on (i) the student
learning experiences and (ii) alumni success.  We foster community,
networking, interaction and learning between people who are passionate
about making.  This community includes, but is not limited to, student and
faculty advocates, upper administration/leadership, government policy
makers, educational researchers and makerspace managers and other

Why ISAM?  Higher education makerspaces impact the efficacy of student
learning in fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, music,
entrepreneurship, medical/biomedical, architecture, mathematics,
literature, and more.  These spaces have demonstrated an ability to foster
highly beneficial interdisciplinary interactions and supportive peer
communities that extend beyond the boundaries of a makerspace.  This
nascent field is fast growing, and now is the time to gather people and
knowledge together so that resources are best used to rapidly and broadly
infuse makerspaces into higher education.  ISAM was created to make this

ISAM will gather, and make available, knowledge and best practices that may
be used to form student maker communities, get students excited about using
these spaces, perpetuate a culture of safe, fun and responsible use,
measure/maximize educational and social impact, and to select appropriate
practices, programming, safety policies, training, staffing and equipment.
ISAM believes in providing a balance of different approaches to creating,
running and maintaining makerspaces that yield measureable impact.  This is
facilitated via:
    (1) Short courses that cover principles and practices
    (2) Invited experts that provide insight into emerging areas, concepts
and research
    (3) Technical papers and poster presentations that disseminate the most
recent advances
    (4) Community discussions around core topics and new developments
    (5) Community building and networking/making events

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