FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington is excited to announce it has received a National Science Foundation grant of $96,377 to engage rural students with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning through accessible makerspaces.
The innovative UMF incubator makerspace, Maine-Makerspaces for Abilities Driving Entrepreneurship (ME-MADE), is located in the Mantor Library Learning Commons. It is currently available to the University community, with plans to be open to members of the public of all abilities and disabilities.
A makerspace is an area that contains materials and tools for people to work together to learn, collaborate, create and share. They provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in STEM.
Over a 16-month period of the NSF planning grant, UMF and its…