Commitment to Action

Library Makerspaces: Supporting STEM Education

Commitment by

Fayetteville Free Library

In 2012, the Fayetteville Free Library committed to building the first 'makerspace' in a public library and creating a template and resources to enable other public libraries throughout the United States to replicate the program. Makerspaces are centers equipped with creation and digital fabrication technology, like 3D printers, as well as the software necessary to use the technology. These centers encourage an interest in computer programming and design, and directly support STEM learning in an informal, rewarding environment. By basing a makerspace in a public library and giving other communities the tools to replicate this commitment, it will increase the number of Americans developing the skills needed to be part of the 21st Century Workforce.

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Commitment

Library Makerspaces: Supporting STEM Education

Launched

2012

Est. Duration

2 Years

Estimated Total Value

$1,300,000

Region

Northern America

Countries

United States

Commitment by

Fayetteville Free Library

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Onondaga County Public Library System, Express Computer Services, Syracuse University