Makerspace Community of Practice by acoy Andrew Coy

Makerspace organizers do not have regular access to an inclusive, robust, and developed community of practice.

Tags: community-of-practice, communication, conference

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Diagnostic Statement

Problem Statement
succinct, one-sentence description
Makerspace organizers do not have regular access to an inclusive, robust, and developed community of practice.
broad category of impact
community-of-practice, communication, conference
Impacted Groups or Individuals
list of those impacted by problem (organize with largest impact top)
  • Group object (1)
Benefit of Solving the Problem
description of positive potential
  • overall increase of connectivity between spaces from around the country
  • additional support structure for new and emerging spaces
  • eduction of unnecessarily “reinventing the wheel”
  • sharing of promising/best practices
Known Barriers
those things which would prevent success of a future solution
  • difficulty of selecting single platform or format due to varying preferences of participants
  • potential for disruptive or outside-the-box thinking to lessen as best practices are codified and shared more
  • issue of signal-to-noise ratio as communication line increases in size or popularity
  • centralized gathering space for conversation
Potential Collaborators
list of those interested in helping to solve this problem
Statement POC
name and contact info
Andrew Coy
  Name Solicitation # Amount Max Deadline Score
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 15-599 $1,200,000 Aug. 9, 2017, 8:17 p.m. 68
Economic Development Assistance Programs ­ Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. EDAP2016 $3,000,000 March 2, 2027, 8:50 p.m. 65
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) 16-540 $95,000,000 April 20, 2017, 8:14 p.m. 64
STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) 16-527 $47,000,000 March 14, 2017, 8:11 p.m. 63
EHR Core Research (ECR) 15-509 $500,000 Sept. 14, 2017, noon 62
EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program EDA-HDQ-TA-HDQ-2016-2004759 $300,000 Nov. 2, 2039, 8:54 p.m. 62
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) 15-592 $5,000,000 Dec. 5, 2016, 7:43 p.m. 61
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) 15-585 $300,000 Jan. 17, 2017, 8:01 p.m. 61
Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) PD 15-1340 $150,000 Jan. 25, 2017, 7:33 p.m. 39
Dear Colleague Letter: Enabling the Future of Making to Catalyze New Approaches in STEM Learning and Innovation 15-086 $300,000 Dec. 15, 2016, noon 39
Science of Learning (SL) PD 16-004Y $300,000 Jan. 18, 2017, 8:23 p.m. 34
Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) PD 16-7680 $300,000 Feb. 6, 2017, 8:09 p.m. 23

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