Analysis of Makerspace Users' Experiences and Suggestions for Science Education

무한상상실 이용자의 경험분석과 과학교육을 위한 제언

  • Received : 2016.01.25
  • Accepted : 2016.04.26
  • Published : 2016.04.30


Makerspace was constructed to assist the public in creating new business, industry and market opportunities by combining their creative ideas with technology. So far, in Korea, a total of 58 makerspaces have been constructed and are running currently. Makerspaces are equipped with a variety of high-tech devices such as 3D printing technology and a laser cutter as means for transforming ideas into their prototypes. In this study, we examined users' experiences in makerspaces using online questionnaires and face-to-face interviews. We then presented motivations for using makerspace, interest in using it, concerns about using technologies, and other issues related to using makerspaces. Based on the results, we proposed three suggestions to improve users' experiences in makerspaces. These suggestions include: (1) supporting teaching and learning practices in makerspaces, (2) providing professional development opportunities for instructors in makerspaces, and (3) promoting innovative services that accommodate diverse users' needs.


Makerspace;Invention education;Science education;Imagination;Creativity


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Grant : BK21플러스

Supported by : 성균관대학교