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iMakerSpace Best Practices for Shaping the 21st Century Workforce

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Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA
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Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA
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Center for Manufacturing Research and Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA
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Academic Editor: Manoj Gupta
Received: 26 March 2021 / Revised: 8 April 2021 / Accepted: 9 April 2021 / Published: 28 April 2021
Innovations in engineering education are undergoing a noticeable transformation. Higher education institutions are practicing distance education, remote laboratories, studio pedagogies and several other approaches in order to increase their students’ retention, success, and preparedness for the job market. In engineering education, maker spaces have become popular in the last ten years in universities as well as community colleges, high schools and community innovation hubs. A large number of engineering colleges have allocated significant spaces, and at some universities entire buildings, as maker spaces to be used for curricular and extracurricular activities. Success stories of these types of spaces are well documented. This paper describes the core activities and programs held at Tennessee Tech University’s maker space called ‘iMakerSpace.’ Accomplishments include several innovative workforce development activities. The impact and effectiveness of the iMakerSpace, presented through workforce innovations and survey statistics, is a unique contribution to this paper. In addition, the modification of operations under COVID-19 pandemic restrictions has resulted in changes that may be carried out post-pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: innovation; maker space; iMakerSpace; 3D printing; COVID-19; workshop; manufacturing; skill; entrepreneurship innovation; maker space; iMakerSpace; 3D printing; COVID-19; workshop; manufacturing; skill; entrepreneurship
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Fidan, I.; Canfield, S.; Motevalli, V.; Chitiyo, G.; Mohammadizadeh, M. iMakerSpace Best Practices for Shaping the 21st Century Workforce. Technologies 2021, 9, 32. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/technologies9020032

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Fidan I, Canfield S, Motevalli V, Chitiyo G, Mohammadizadeh M. iMakerSpace Best Practices for Shaping the 21st Century Workforce. Technologies. 2021; 9(2):32. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/technologies9020032

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Fidan, Ismail, Stephen Canfield, Vahid Motevalli, George Chitiyo, and Mahdi Mohammadizadeh. 2021. "iMakerSpace Best Practices for Shaping the 21st Century Workforce" Technologies 9, no. 2: 32. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/technologies9020032

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