A maker space is a community space in a school or other gathering place where students are able to take part in hands-on learning in creative ways. They are called maker spaces because they provide opportunities for students to design, create, manufacture, and invent new things. They are usually housed in school libraries or other community spaces.
Some would argue that the seeds of the maker space movement have been in existence forever, but the official idea emerged in 2005 after Make: magazine launched. The magazine was founded by Dale Dougherty, and is published bimonthly on their website, which serves as an online community of DIY “makers."