Project Manus is MIT’s effort to upgrade makerspaces and foster maker communities. MIT has long been a leading example of how to integrate ‘making’ into education. Maintaining this leadership requires adaptation of new technology, tools, training, and means of improving access for students. Project Manus’ goal is to maximize the impact of ‘making’ upon academic and extracurricular life, to foster student communities around maker-based learning, and to provide a maker ecosystem wherein student ideas become world-changing technologies.
The MIT Mobius system is designed to help members of the MIT community navigate the vast array of resources used to ‘make’ or measure available on campus. Mobius also enables facility and equipment managers to manage their spaces, equipment and user training. MIT community members have access to this system via the Mobius iOS or Android app.
MakerLodge & MakerBucks
Starting in fall 2016, incoming MIT freshmen will be trained through the MakerLodge program in the use of 3D printers, laser cutters and other maker tools. Once a student has completed their introductory training and successfully built their project, they will be eligible to join one of 10 makerspaces on campus and will receive MakerBucks, a debit account of $100 to purchase materials and time on machines. In addition, they will be matched with communities of other students who have shared interests.
Creating & Maintaining Safe/Productive Makerspaces
International Symposium for Academic Makerspaces