We currently manage two maker spaces on grounds: the Wilson Maker Studio and the STEM Makerspace in Chemistry. We are also part of the Maker Grounds community and serve as an entry point for students who want to become involved in maker spaces, shops, and studios across grounds.
What kind of work happens in a maker space?
While certain tools are typical in maker spaces (e.g. 3D printers), the work is bounded by the intent, not the tools. The intent of a maker space is to explore physical (made) objects and think spatial / electrical thoughts. Take them apart, re-make them, mash them up, un-make them, make something new from their parts, maintain or strengthen them, etc. There are otherwise no bounds on the kinds of work one could do in a maker space (except the size limitations imposed by the physical boundaries of the space itself).
The physical / technical work of making etc. is always in dialogue with the mental / creative work of critical examination, investigation, imagination, and iteration. The individual's work is a self-determining node within the networked community work of activating a space that supports and nurtures the individuals in it.
All are welcome
We consider our spaces as "zero barrier to entry" spaces, which means we welcome and celebrate complete novices. If you've never used a 3D Printer (or never even heard of them), ours are great spaces to start out in. Our users vary in their skill levels from zero to expert, and peer communities of practice for every skill level emerge within them.
We strongly encourage faculty and students who are curious about maker spaces but, for whatever reason, have trouble imagining themselves in a maker community, to come and explore our spaces.
The Wilson Maker Studio
Wilson Hall 141
A space for critical and creative experimentation with a focus on Arts & Humanities.
The STE[A]M Maker Space
A learning space for creative engagement with STEM.