Maker Community

4. Maker Community: The purpose of this section is to illustrate that Making is an activity that occurs within complex communities. Making involves links to a wide array of people that bring diverse expertise and perspectives. These community networks support the connection to Making to a larger social context and provide productive pathways for learning



To meet the expectations for this section, candidates are expected to:

  • Provided documentation of engagement with the broader maker community. This engagement may be in person or virtual. This should include some activities beyond the required cohort meetings.
  • Documented a volunteer or leadership role in at least one maker event or program.
  • Shared reflections on issues of equity, diversity, and access as it relates to the maker program or event they are involved with.
  • Reflections are connected to their maker philosophy and their UTeach experience.

Maker Community Resources:

  • Austin MakerEd Meetup
  • co.lab  - A community support makerspace in Austin, TX
  • MakerEd.org
  • Makerspaces.com
  • #makered
  • Maker Faire - Inspiration from Makers from the original Faire in the Bay area and all over the world. You’ll be blown away by what humans are creating.
  • Maker Faire: Austin - Austin is also home to a Maker Faire. Typically held in early May. Be sure you attend. You’ll see first hand so many projects and meet a great community of Makers eager to share their stories and encourage you along your own Maker path.
  • Austin Tinkering School - Looking for an amazing example of what kids can do when given freedom, stop by Austin Tinkering School. A wide range of ages are encouraged to invent, be messy, explore, fail, and grow in a safe and fun setting. You’ll be blown away with what such young people can create when adults get out of the way!
  • ATX Hackerspace
  • SX Create - Part of SXSW’s annual festival, Create is a free, and open to the public, showcase for Makers and companies that work in Maker focused arenas. It’s a great place to get exposure to the Maker community.
  • Thinkery – Austin's hands-on, science-based children's museum.