In a makersystem, local makerspaces network together to offer specialized capabilities to a larger community.
We are working hard to make sure MIT students have access to the tools, spaces and information they need to make, create and innovate.
“MIT is in the midst of revamping the way we think about maker spaces and how we run them,” says Martin Culpepper SM ’97, PhD ’00, professor of mechanical engineering, MIT’s first “maker czar,” and former director of Project Manus, an Institute-wide program to create a gold standard for next-generation maker systems. “In fact, I think our country is in the midst of a maker revolution.”
MIT has long been a leading example of how to integrate “making” on campus. Maintaining this leadership requires adaptation of new technology, tools, training, and means of improving access for students. The best way to support Project Manus and MIT’s efforts to increase making capacity on campus, improve access to makerspaces and resources, and foster maker communities is through the Project Manus Catalyst Fund (# 2010094). You can contribute directly to this fund through MIT’s Campaign for a Better World.
If you would like to speak to someone at MIT about philanthropic support, please contact Catherine Qin Shi in MIT’s Office of Resource Development. Help us make MIT and the world a better place.
If you have ideas for MIT’s makersystem, or want to share your story of Making at MIT, we’d love to hear. Please contact Jonathan Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org.