Development of an intelligent system to manage and maintain makerspaces.
Issues Involved or Addressed
1. How to train users and trainers for safe operations within a makerspace? (example: How to design cloud based as well as hands-on learning experiences, and how to validate training).
2. How to collect and analyze data from makerspaces for efficient operations of the space and equipment within a makerspace? (example: How to develop queuing system for tools within makerspace).
3. How to support and manage the culture of student-run organization staffing the makerspace? - Focus on volunteers who run the makerspace.
All above three issues are inter-dependent and hence combined within one large umbrella of the VIP project.
Methods and Technologies
Academic Majors of Interest
Preferred Interests and Preparation
All applicants are preferred to have interests in hands-on learning and interest in becoming a PI (prototyping Instructor) in the Invention Studio. However, this is not a mandatory requirement. Students with majors in engineering and CS with interests in IOT are preferred. Students with majors in Business Administration are expected to lead sub-teams within the VIP project and past experience of strong leadership as well as project management skills are preferred.