Makerspace Demographics by maureen Maureen Muldavin

Spaces often don’t match the demographics of the local population.

Tags: operations, education, safety, community-engagement, inclusion, marketing, funding

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Diagnostic Statement

Problem Statement
succinct, one-sentence description
Spaces often don’t match the demographics of the local population.
broad category of impact
operations, education, safety, community-engagement, inclusion, marketing, funding
Impacted Groups or Individuals
list of those impacted by problem (organize with largest impact top)
  • Group object (53)
  • Group object (54)
  • Group object (55)
Benefit of Solving the Problem
description of positive potential
  • Increased participation of wider segment of the public increases total participants.
  • Technology has great ability to improve the quality of life of ill & disabled people reducing healthcare costs.
  • Help to reduce educational & income gaps in affected populations
  • Improving STEAM knowledge & skills is likely to lead to positive impacts on health outcomes, educational attainment, worker productivity, community engagement, & support for environmental sustainabili
  • Including those affected by a problem in the effort to solve it is known to improve solutions.
  • Increase quality of solutions & products produced by the maker movement. Diverse teams have superior problem solving abilities.
Known Barriers
those things which would prevent success of a future solution
  • Lack of resources of time & money to pursue diversity
  • Socio-economic barriers to entry & participation
  • Narrow demographics of STEAM careers discourage people from seeking workforce training
  • Inordinate burden on affected groups
  • Disagreement on nature of causes of inequity
  • Focus on trivial topics or minutia
  • Pre-existing diversity in tech initiatives want greater monetary & organizational resources than makerspaces can provide
Potential Collaborators
list of those interested in helping to solve this problem
  • Ann Boes
  • Kari Love
  • Maureen Muldavin
  • Tom Tongue
  • Sean Auriti
Statement POC
name and contact info
Maureen Muldavin
  Name Solicitation # Amount Max Deadline Score
EHR Core Research (ECR) 15-509 $500,000 Sept. 14, 2017, noon 74
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) 16-540 $95,000,000 April 20, 2017, 8:14 p.m. 73
STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) 16-527 $47,000,000 March 14, 2017, 8:11 p.m. 73
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 15-599 $1,200,000 Aug. 9, 2017, 8:17 p.m. 71
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) 15-585 $300,000 Jan. 17, 2017, 8:01 p.m. 67
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) 15-592 $5,000,000 Dec. 5, 2016, 7:43 p.m. 66
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. 60
EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program EDA-HDQ-TA-HDQ-2016-2004759 $300,000 Nov. 2, 2039, 8:54 p.m. 54
Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) PD 15-1340 $150,000 Jan. 25, 2017, 7:33 p.m. 47
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 37
Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) PD 16-7680 $300,000 Feb. 6, 2017, 8:09 p.m. 34
Science of Learning (SL) PD 16-004Y $300,000 Jan. 18, 2017, 8:23 p.m. 21

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