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A makerspace is a physical space where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network and build a pretotype. Makerspaces provide tools and space in a community – a library, a community center, a private organization or a school. Expert advisors may be available but beginners often receive help from other users enter the mind of a design entrepreneur.

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Students love to configure stuff. Here she's setting up a Raspberry Pi.
Students love to configure stuff. Here she’s setting up a Raspberry Pi.

This is a wonderful course about how to build a ‘makerspace’ for young design entrepreneurs. It’s all about making pretotypes (pretend prototypes) that are essentially ‘minimum viable products’. With a makerspace, young people can do the following:

  • pretotype A preliminary version of your product, usually a minimum viable product, that may fail or not even work, but allows feedback to be obtained from potential customers.
  • pretotyping The stage, before prototyping, where we develop early, low-cost virtual, physical and experiential artefacts for the purpose of gaining feedback.
  • prototype In contrast to a pretotype, a preliminary version of a product that costs a lot of money and is produced as a final step before producing the actual product. In the prototype you want to show all the features the product will have.
  • prototyping The stage, after pretotyping, where you develop an early version of the product or service for the purpose of testing design and assembly before producing the final marketable product.
  • minimum viable product (MVP) A temporary product with just enough functionality to satisfy early adopters; solicits early feedback to be fed into future development with which you are able to test a product hypothesis

These words all come from entreVersity’s Glossary.

Find out how to create and run a makerspace for young people. Look at the pedagogy and approaches behind digital making. Embrace the maker movement – build a makerspace in your community

A makerspace is an area inside a school, library or other public facility, which young people can use to apply digital skills to the real world, exploring ideas and making things collaboratively.

This online course will show you how to create a makerspace in your community. You’ll explore different approaches to makerspaces, understand the pedagogy that underpins the maker movement, and get practical advice on getting started.By the […]

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