Newsweek names MTSU as among Best Maker Schools in Higher Education

Middle Tennessee State University has been recognized globally by Newsweek magazine as among the Best Maker Schools in Higher Education 2021.

The universities, community and junior colleges, vocational and trade schools included on the Best Maker Schools in Higher Education list are those with curricula that encourage learning by doing; are supported by educators committed to collaborative problem-solving; have well-developed makerspaces, labs, and studios; and which support diverse, interactive communities that engage in knowledge and skill sharing.

Newsweek partnered with Make, publisher of the Make: magazine and books, to develop the list, which highlights institutions with innovative programs that demonstrate the ingenuity and community engagement that are hallmarks of the maker movement.

Only three Tennessee schools — MTSU, Tennessee Tech University and Vanderbilt University — are on the non-ranked list, which also includes universities such as Brown, Princeton, Yale and UCLA in the U.S.; Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Universidad de Lima in Peru; and University of Lagos in Nigeria, to name a few.

The list was generated by recommendation through a survey tool in collaboration with an international community of educators, administrators, students and maker leaders.

Professor Rodrigo Gomez, an assistant professor of animation in the Department of Media Arts, introduce students to the tools, technology and resources available in the Library during the Nov. 17 VR Night held in the Makerspace.

To be considered for the list, recommended schools had to demonstrate excellence or competency in the following areas:

  • Integrated learning-through-doing orientation
  • Mentoring/guidance/coaching for making
  • Physical makerspaces/fablabs/workshops/studios
  • Accessible spaces and tools that support independent, collaborative projects
  • A diverse, active community of makers

MTSU’s James E. Walker Library is home to the Makerspace, a one-stop shop on the second floor that provides students and faculty with access to robotics, electronics, sewing, computers, software, laser etchers, button-making, virtual reality technology and 3D printing, among other resources.


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