Makerspace in School – Experiences from a Large-Scale National Testbed
Paper in proceedings, 2016

Digital fabrication and making are increasingly being used in formal and informal learning environments. However, while many of these initiatives often start from a grassroots perspective, with little coordination on a national level, we now present a study on the first part of a large-scale national testbed for Makerspace in schools (Makerskola). The project embodies a series of issues that arise when a maker approach is applied to a geographically widespread national education context. The results of this study are based on an analysis of the extensive project documentation and first-hand experiences. The findings focus on the on-going experiences with initiating and running a large-scale national testbed in Sweden, involving more than 30 formal actors and hundreds of active partners in a national educational landscape.

Digital fabrication




Eva Eriksson

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

Carl Heath

Wolmet Barendregt

University of Gothenburg

Olof Torgersson

University of Gothenburg

Peter Ljungstrand


Niels Swinkels

FabLearn Europe 2016

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Computer and Information Science

Human Computer Interaction


Basic sciences

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

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