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HEI MAKERS will develop 5 outputs in the period of 2018-2019

Guidelines on HEIs and technical spaces collaboration

Guidelines for higher education institutions will focus on how they can (better) utilize rapidly expanding technical spaces (like Makerspaces, FabLabs, Techshops, etc.) for the purpose of higher quality of education and more relevant graduate skills. The main goal of technical spaces is development of technical creativity and technical entrepreneurship skills, fostering innovation and do-it-yourself culture. University’s makerspaces have a huge potential to become an integral part of nowadays education adding high value to the theoretical knowledge with the real hands-on experience and intensive networking. One of the main outcomes and impact of such spaces is increased number of student start-ups, especially hardware start-ups which are more prone to high-tech innovations and thus economy growth in the long term. The guidelines will also help HEIs in Europe to understand the principles of strategic integration of makerspaces into study process, get familiar with definitions and quality standards, adapt frameworks for recognition of learning outcomes, join the network of HEIs which run / collaborate with makerspaces. Guidelines will help HEIs to make decisions of starting local initiatives – launching own makerspace or starting a collaboration with a private one.

Training module on technological entrepreneurship

HEI MAKERS will launch entrepreneurship development module focused on technical startups rather than the usual ones teaching legal aspects and general business process. The module will be available through Moodle platform and will become integral part of technical study programmes or freely available as non formal education courses which develop transversal skills of students. The module will facilitate knowledge triangle as it will correspond to the needs of HEIs, researchers and business. It will be based on successful entrepreneurship education schemes like Futurepreneurs, Fellows, Springborad and other projects carried out by the consortium.

Module on technical creativity in 3D printing and rapid prototyping

HEI MAKERS will combine relevant study programmes (identified by universities), available infrastructure (defined by makerspaces), and entrepreneurship competencies (as designed by partners-business consultants) so that the module serves its purpose to develop technical creativity skills as well as technological entrepreneurship. The technical creativity module will focus on 3D scanning and printing as rapid prototyping – as it is the most developed field in participating makerspaces (Linkmenu Fabrikas (LT), Ludoreng (RO), Creative laboratory and Garage (LV)). Other subjects of rapid prototyping will be added gradually with more participants joining the community – the same methodology will be transferred to new fields of study. Universities will launch technical creativity module on 3D printing which will serve for HEIs as a separate training course, part of the existing course or as non formal education for those, who take part in Makerspace events or who‘d like to start a business and need a 3D printed prototype. The concept of the module development will be easily adaptable to other scientific fields available in Makerspaces beyond the current partnership.

Summer school training programme

A specified training programme will be developed as a practical tool for HEIs to collaborate with makerspaces and develop technical entrepreneurship and technical creativity skills of future graduates. The training programme with several options for adaptation will be proposed to achieve the learning outcomes through the infrastructure available at each makerspace in partner countries (Lithuania, Romania, Latvia). The model of recognition of competencies gained during this programme will be developed. It will increase the attractiveness of the programme for HEIs and the students as it will be more compatible with higher education. Other HEIs will be able to use the methodology or easily adapt it to own available study programmes and makerspace infrastructure.

Plugin for open software “Blender”

Open code sofware “Blender” is developed by Blender Foundation, a Dutch public-benefit corporation, established to support and facilitate the projects on Blender licence allows to use software freely, gives the ability for independent developers adapt and modify Blender software for the needs of the community. During HEI MAKERS project the tools, which will let use Blender for 3D printing, would be developed and tested with the participants thus allowing them to learn how to use an open source software for 3D design and printing in both their study programmes and startup development. The innovative aspect is that the tools which will be developed are now not available in open source programmes for free use in education process. As the programme is open source, the plug-in will be available for other users and developers. The key point here is that only a small part of the software is developed in order to enable makerspace based education accessible for HEIs and their students.