History department and local makerspace “forge” innovative partnership

University of Michigan-Flint’s history department has developed a unique partnership by purchasing 15 passes to Factory Two, a makerspace close to campus in Flint’s historic Carriage Town neighborhood.

“Community is the defining element of the maker movement, and as communities, makerspaces exemplify coworking, collaboration, teaching, learning, and an open sharing of ideas,” said Thomas Henthorn, a Wyatt Endowed Professor of Public History at UM-Flint who helped spearhead the initiative to provide passes to students.

Henthorn is currently teaching a UM-Flint history class that makes use of the Forge at Factory Two so students can learn blacksmithing firsthand.

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