ISAM 2018

ISAM 2019 will be co-hosted by Yale University and Olin College of Engineering in New Haven, CT  |  October 16-18, 2019

August 3rd – 5th, 2018
Stanford, California

Co-hosted by Stanford and UC Berkeley

ISAM 2018 Proceedings Table of Contents

The papers are linked from the ISAM 2018 Paper XX
link under each paper title.

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The International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM) joins the people, knowledge & inspiration that fuse to catalyze higher education makerspaces which maximize their impact on (i) the student learning experiences and (ii) alumni success.  We foster community, networking, interaction and learning between people who are passionate about making.  This community includes, but is not limited to, student and faculty advocates, upper administration/leadership, government policy makers, educational researchers and makerspace managers and other practitioners.

Why ISAM?  Higher education makerspaces impact the efficacy of student learning in fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, music, entrepreneurship, medical/biomedical, architecture, mathematics, literature, and more.  These spaces have demonstrated an ability to foster highly beneficial interdisciplinary interactions and supportive peer communities that extend beyond the boundaries of a makerspace.  This nascent field is fast growing, and now is the time to gather people and knowledge together so that resources are best used to rapidly and broadly infuse makerspaces into higher education.  ISAM was created to make this happen.

ISAM will gather, and make available, knowledge and best practices that may be used to form student maker communities, get students excited about using these spaces, perpetuate a culture of safe, fun and responsible use, measure/maximize educational and social impact, and to select appropriate practices, programming, safety policies, training, staffing and equipment.  ISAM believes in providing a balance of different approaches to creating, running and maintaining makerspaces that yield measureable impact.  This is facilitated via:

  • Short courses that cover principles and practices.
  • Invited experts that provide insight into emerging areas, concepts & research.
  • Technical papers & poster presentations that disseminate the most recent advances.
  • Community discussions around core topics and new developments.
  • Community building and networking/making events.

ISAM is a collaborative effort of the Higher Education Makerspace Initiative. Learn more at

Past ISAM Events  

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Printable Program

Please note that this is a preliminary program. 
Please contact us if you have any questions.

Friday, August 3, 2018

  • 8:30am – 4:30pm
    Field trip tours will be offered to UC Berkeley+Autodesk and Facebook Area 404. Learn more about the field trips here.
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
    ISAM 101 – Design, Build, and Manage a Makerspace (Sold out)
  • 1:00pm – 5:30pm
    ISAM 102 – Makerspace Equipment for Prototyping (Sold out)
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm
    *Free* Electronics makerspace open house and electronics activity.
    Learn more about the lab64 activity here.
  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Conference Welcome Reception
    (open to all ISAM attendees)           Welcome by Professor Dave Beach with a talk by artist John Edmark

Saturday, August 4, 2018

  • 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 9:45am  Welcome and talk by Professor Sheri Sheppard
  • 9:45am – 10:30am Paper Session 1: Activities
    • Affordances of Immersive Design Challenges in Academic Makerspaces
    • Towards a Design Space of Short-Session Making Workshops
    • Extending the Reach of Academic Makerspaces into K-12 Schools: Delivering Maker-Based Instruction with a Mobile Makerspace
  • 10:30am – 11:00am Break
  • 11:00am – 12:15pm Paper Session 2: Teaching and Learning
    • Slaying Dragons: An Empirical Look at the Impact of Academic Makerspaces
    • Making Connections: Project Courses Improve Design Self-Efficacy and Interdisciplinary Awareness
    • Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum
    • Teacher Education in the Makerspace: A Synthesis of Peripheral Literature
    • Models for Curricular Integration of Makerspaces
  • 12:15pm – 12:30pm Videos 1: Student Project Work
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch and Makerspace Open Houses
  • 1:30pm – 2:00pm Panel 1 : Curriculum
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm Paper Session 3: Links to Entrepreneurship and Industry
    • An Exploratory Case Study of Cross-disciplinary Project-Based (i.e. Maker) Curricula as a Catalyst for Entrepreneurship
    • The role of Makerspaces in product development of hardware start-ups
    • Academic Makerspaces as Preparation for Careers in Industry
  • 2:45pm – 3:15pm Break
  • 3:15pm – 3:30pm Videos 2: Innovation and Culture
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm Paper Session 4: Usage Data
    • MakerLens: What Sign-In, Reservation and Training Data Can (and Cannot) Tell You About Your Makerspace
    • How Adding a Makerspace Changed Shop User Demographics and Interdisciplinary Activity
    • A Review of the Data Collection Methods Used at Higher Education Makerspaces
    • Development of a Smartphone Application for Makerspace Management
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm Panel 2: Broadening Reach and Impact
  • 5:00pm – 6:30pm Stanford Makerspaces Tour A
  • 5:15pm – 7:15pm Poster Session and Reception
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm Stanford Makerspaces Tour B
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm Autodesk course: Introduction to Fusion 360

Sunday, August 5, 2018

  • 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 9:30am Rapid Fire Session
  • 9:30am – 10:30am Paper Session 5: Local Contexts
    • Growing A Network of Makerspaces in California Community Colleges: Moving Towards Implementation and Adoption
    • Santa Maria’s Central Coast Makerspace Collaborative: A Network of Internal and External Partners
    • Making Across the Curriculum: Multidisciplinary Making at Folsom Lake College
    • Five Misperceptions You Need to Overcome When Starting a Makerspace
  • 10:30am – 11:00am Break
  • 11:00am – 11:15am Videos 3: Usage
  • 11:15am – 12:00pm Paper Session 6: Community
    • Guiding Principles for Designing an Accessible, Inclusive, and Diverse Library Makerspace
    • Intentionally Cultivating Diverse Community for Radically Open Access Makerspaces
    • CAIRN: A Tangible Research Tool to Materially Visualize Practices in a Makerspace
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and Makerspace Open Houses
  • 1:00pm – 1:15pm Videos 4: Makerspace Visits
  • 1:15pm – 1:45pm Panel 3: Frontiers in Making
  • 1:45pm – 3:15pm Break and Unconference
  • 3:15pm – 4:00pm Speakers: Kate Sofis and Ryan Spurlock
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm Wrap up
  • 4:30pm – 6:00pm Autodesk course: Intermediate Fusion 360
  • 4:30pm – 6:00pm Stanford Makerspaces Tour C
  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm Stanford Makerspaces Tour D

The ISAM 101 and 102 courses are sold out

Two courses will be offered at ISAM 2018 on Friday, August 3rd:

  • ISAM 101 – Design, Build, and Manage a Makerspace
  • ISAM 102 – Makerspace Equipment for Prototyping

The information found in these courses can be used to design, create, upgrade, and sustain productive and safe academic makerspaces.

ISAM 101 – Design, Build, and Manage a Makerspace

Designed for people developing new makerspaces or seeking to deepen their knowledge, this course will help lay a foundation before the ISAM 2018 program. Learn about and discuss different types of spaces, safety policies, staffing models, training practices, and metrics. This course emphasizes fundamental principles of successful makerspaces and proven methods to engage students, form communities, shape culture, increase access, and encourage best practices.

ISAM 102 – Makerspace Equipment for Prototyping

Learn the do’s and don’ts of 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, and other prototyping equipment through curated experiences and demonstrations. These 75 minute courses cover a selection of makerspace prototyping equipment in terms of capability, cost, staffing, best practices, and safety (multiple sessions will be offered).

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Online Registration is now closed.

3rd International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM) 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018 – Sunday, August 5, 2018
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305
United States

Symposium RegistrationEarly Bird
(Through 6/15/18)
(Starting 6/16/18)
Full Conference$550$700
Student Full Conference$100$150
Additional ActivitiesEarly Bird
ISAM 101: Design, Build, and Manage a Makerspace$100$150
ISAM 102: Makerspace Equipment for Prototyping$100$150
Field trips to UC Berkeley, Autodesk Pier 9, and Facebook
Additional activities have limited capacity and there will be no registration at the door. Prior registration is required for admittance. No exceptions.

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Papers + Posters

ISAM 2018 Proceedings Table of Contents

(Papers are linked from the
ISAM 2018 Paper XX link under each title.)

Conference Topics

Conference sessions will feature paper and poster presentations, videos, panel discussions, and Q&A opportunities around the following higher education makerspace topics.

  • Educational Research to Understand the Values of Making
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Studies of Making
  • Emerging Hardware and Software Tools for Makers
  • Community and Industry
  • Defining Success:  Metrics, Data Collection, & Impact
  • Funding Models, Revenue Streams & Sustainability
  • Makerspace Mission, Vision, Goals & Core Values
  • Management & Staffing Models
  • Navigating Policies and Politics to Promote Campus Collaborations
  • Role of Libraries in Promoting Academic Making
  • Space Design, Workflow, Equipment, and Safety & OSHA Regulations
  • Spaces for Industrial Design, Art, Architecture, Jewelry, and Fashion
  • Supporting and Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Training, Documentation and Competency Certification
  • User Engagement, Programming and Controlling Access
  • Literature Surveys relevant to Academic Makerspaces

ISAM fosters broad research into all aspects of planning, launching, and running Academic Makerspaces. This year ISAM will feature two different tracks. The Papers track invites research contributions. The Posters and Videos track invites experience reports, best practices, project reports, and works-in-progress. One of the poster sessions will showcase student projects completed in makerspaces and we explicitly invite such submissions.

Please see our detailed Call for Participation, Call for Student Posters, and Call for Videos.

Templates and Guidelines

Template for Papers and Poster Abstracts

Poster Guidelines

Online Submission System

Online Submission for Papers (closed to new submissions)

Online Submission for Posters and Videos
(Extended deadline: July 2, 5pm PST)

Important Dates

PapersPosters / Videos
Paper authors submit first draftsApril 9, 2018
First round notifications sentApril 20, 2018
Authors revise and resubmitMay 11, 2018
Author notificationsMay 29, 2018
Poster authors submit 2 pages and poster; Video authors submit videoJune 4, 2018
Accepted paper authors submit final versionJune 15, 2018
Early registration deadlineJune 15, 2018
Extended poster and video deadlineJuly 2, 2018 5pm PST
Accepted poster/video authors notifiedJuly 9, 2018
Accepted poster/video authors submit final versionJuly 18, 2018
Program issued with presentation information (date, time)July 16, 2018
Registration closesJuly 27, 2018
Presentations dueJuly 30, 2018
ISAM 2018 beginsAugust 3, 2018

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