|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m.|
|PLACE:||MRDC Building, 4401A|
|TITLE:||Difference Between Students With High and Low University Maker Space Involvement|
|COMMITTEE:||Dr. Julie Linsey, Chair (ME)
Dr. Katherine Fu (ME)
Dr. Craig R. Forest (ME)
To measure the impact of effective maker spaces in academic institutions, it is necessary to identify who takes advantage of the equipment and resources available in these spaces, and to what extent they are being used. Once users and non-users are methodically classified, it will be possible to quantify the characteristics that differentiate the students that self-select to use these spaces and the more common, low involvement students. This differentiation is the first step in understanding the impact of university maker spaces on students and engineering education as a whole. Furthermore, characterizing users and non-users will open the possibility to track how they are impacted by their dynamic involvement and how these specific traits change throughout their academic career. Understanding the characteristics that differentiate these two groups will aid in creating initiatives that increase the accessibility and inclusiveness of university maker spaces.