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SXSWedu 2016

Creating Spaces to Foster Innovation

Makerspaces are all the rage right now. But how do you design a space that’s both functional and inspiring? This session focuses on the elements of a successful maker environment: one that fosters creativity and innovation while also being practical for those working in and managing the space. The speaker will share findings from research conducted by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation on innovative environments, and show how these ideas can play out in a classroom, library, museum or other educational context.

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  1. Participants will understand what makerspaces are and the benefits of creating a space to foster innovative activity.
  2. Participants will gain an understanding of the elements that go into a successful "space of innovation."
  3. Participants will gain an understanding of how to apply these elements to create a functional space.


Tricia Edwards, Head of Education, Smithsonian's Lemelson Center For The Study of Invention And Innovation

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