Makerspace Co-op featured at NSF website

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Makerspace Co-op Isaac Gebru demonstrates his energy-harvesting exoskeleton at LVL1

 

Our co-op Makership program was just featured at the National Science Foundation (NSF) website in an article discussing NSF’s involvement with the “Maker” movement. During 2012-2013, in a collaboration with Dr. Thomas Tretter in the College of Education and Human Development, we had 9 University of Louisville undergraduate engineering students carry out their semester-long Co-op internships at LVL1, Louisville’s own hackerspace. Students carried out their own individual projects and were interviewed during the semester. We were interested in their transition from lab and coursework to independent work. They got weekly guidance from a mentor but –like many graduate students–were in charge of their own day-by-day activities, and had to figure out what to learn to get to the next step. A common theme emerged: build a prototype quickly, learn from it, scrap it and start over!