What are “Maker” Technologies?

“Maker” technologies are often associated with “makerspaces” and the “maker movement,” and encompass a broad range of tools and activities. Typically, “maker” technologies refer to electronics, robotics, 3D printing, metalworking, woodworking, and arts and crafts. However, the definition of “maker” technologies will vary depending on the individual(s) you ask.

Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE magazine and champion of the “make movement,” made the argument that “all of us are makers” in a 2011 TED talk. As such, the tools each of us use could be considered “maker” technologies.

Members of the Academic Technologies team have explored an array of “maker” technologies to support teaching, learning, and research within the Colgate community. These technologies have included drones, augmented and virtual reality, and 3D scanning, modeling, and printing.