December 5, 2014 — General

Launching MakeSchools

Over the summer of 2014 and in the run up to the 1st White House Maker Faire, over 150 universities committed to supporting a new generation of Americans who Make. Building on this momentum, we've invited institutional leaders, faculty, students and staff to contribute a series of profiles surveying their investment in and support for Maker Culture on their campuses.

We started this with a University Profile which contains 10 questions that broadly survey each university’s engagement with Making. Today, we're making available the first set of profiles from this initiative, but there's much more to come.

Projects from these schools have also been collected and will be shared here in January 2015. Profiles of the amazing people making incredible things on their campuses are also being gathered and in 2015, we'll explore the spaces and courses that are empowering students around the nation to Make.

MakeSchools is also launching discussion forums to help build conversations across higher ed. institutions. We invite you sign up and post any ideas, thoughts, resources, tutorials, guides, opportunities, questions and more.

Our goal is to highlight the value and impact of making on campuses and in their surrounding communities. We hope to create a rich picture of making in American education through the contributions each institution makes and through diverse perspectives reflected in the profiles and conversations. To do this, and in the coming months, we'll be growing the number of institutions involved. If you or your university would like to take part, get in touch.

In the meantime, sign up and start sharing!