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Cornell Engineering Debuts Online Collaboration Space for Makers in Grades 6-12

The new site offers tools for users to meet other makers, learn about engineering disciplines, share projects or meet mentors among Cornell graduate students, alumni and professors.

The college of engineering at Cornell University has launched CollabSpace, a maker-themed website for students in middle school and high school.

The new site offers tools for users to meet other makers, learn about engineering disciplines, share projects or meet mentors among Cornell graduate students, alumni and professors.

"Not sure where to go next with your project?" the site asks. "Get advice from a Cornell engineer. Want to know more about what it's like to study a specific engineering topic or work in a certain engineering field? CollabSpace will help find someone who can tell you."

The site allows users to post their own projects, either in-progress, after completion or as featuring an "awesome malfunction." Projects are searchable by 20 categories, such as 3D printing, coding or sustainability and by difficulty or discipline.

Skills feature three levels and have titles such as "Electronics Crash Course," "Cutting Metal" and "3D Printing Glossary."

"CollabSpace creators hope that middle school and high school tinkerers, coders and makers will join the site and find a community where they can learn and grow and explore various aspects of engineering," according to a Cornell news release. "They hope CollabSpace will be a place for makers of all ages to share their experiences and get feedback from one another."

For more information, visit collabspace.cornell.edu.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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