ISAM 2016

International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces 2016

1st International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces

ISAM is a collaborative effort of the Higher Education Makerspace Initiative (
ISAM 2016 was held November 13th-16th, 2016

Program Proceedings Presentations Videos
Download Download Download   Claremont: Welcoming culture
  Berkeley:   Community outreach
  Olin:           Refresher videos
  CWRU:      Hiring student staff
  MIT:           Student-driven best practices
  Yale:          Campus-wide impact
  KTH:          Start up and IP rights
  Old Lyme:  Highschool makerspace

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Maker Share

Upcoming ISAM and complimentary milestones:

  • Formation of the Global Academic Maker Society - in Fall 2016
  • Makershare - Central database of Maker knowledge, best practices and resources - Coming Fall 2016
  • International Journal of Academic Makerspaces and Making - Calls for paper propsals coming December 2016

ISAM 2016 Synopsis:

ISAM joins the people, knowledge & inspiration that fuse to catalyze higher education makerspaces which maximize their impact on (i) the student learning experiences and (ii) alumni success.  We foster community, networking, interaction and learning between people who are passionate about making.  This community includes, but is not limited to, student and faculty advocates, upper administration/leadership, government policy makers, educational researchers and makerspace managers and other practitioners.

Why ISAM?  Higher education makerspaces impact the efficacy of student learning in fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, music, entrepreneurship, medical/biomedical, architecture, mathematics, literature, and more.  These spaces have demonstrated an ability to foster highly beneficial interdisciplinary interactions and supportive peer communities that extend beyond the boundaries of a makerspace.  This nascent field is fast growing, and now is the time to gather people and knowledge together so that resources are best used to rapidly and broadly infuse makerspaces into higher education.  ISAM was created to make this happen.

ISAM will gather, and make available, knowledge and best practices that may be used to form student maker communities, get students excited about using these spaces, perpetuate a culture of safe, fun and responsible use, measure/maximize educational and social impact, and to select appropriate practices, programming, safety policies, training, staffing and equipment.  ISAM believes in providing a balance of different approaches to creating, running and maintaining makerspaces that yield measureable impact.  This is facilitated via:
    (1) Short courses that cover principles and practices
    (2) Invited experts that provide insight into emerging areas, concepts and research
    (3) Technical papers and poster presentations that disseminate the most recent advances
    (4) Community discussions around core topics and new developments
    (5) Community building and networking/making events

ISAM 2016 - International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces