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New ‘Makerspace’ on campus

Continuing the tradition of providing access and training for all on new technologies and tools, Cornell University Library and Academic Technologies are exploring “makerspaces.” Makerspaces are creative DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. 

To create an interdisciplinary space open to all, this spring a makerspace task force, including members of the library and Academic Technologies, experimented with a prototype mobile makerspace. This portable kit includes a 3D printer and scanner; Arduino and Littlebits microelectronics kits; craft supplies for T-shirt screen-printing and button making; basic hardware tools, and more. 

Everyone, regardless of department or experience level, is welcome to drop in, hang out, mess around, and geek out!
Making programs and open events are held:
Tinker Thursdays 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Fabrication Fridays 12:00pm -1:00pm 

For more information and a complete schedule with locations, visit http://guides.library.cornell.edu/makerspaces

The task force gathered qualitative data this spring to help plan a more permanent makerspace program. The task force interviewed and observed users to discover the broad range of making activities they are engaged in and what they needed during events with the mobile makerspace kit as well as visits to making facilities around Cornell. Out of this work sprung the recommendation to redesign the Mann/CIT Collaboration Lab 112 Mann to include making equipment as well as computer lab and classroom space. Over the summer, the existing desktop computers will be arranged to make room for making equipment and flexible workspace in the back half of the lab. While classes can still book the Mann 112 lab for occasional sessions, at certain points the lab will be reserved for making events and open making times. 

During the fall of 2016, the Design and Environmental Analysis 3590/6500 Problem-Seeking Through Programming class will work on the programming and final design of the space and possibly other permanent making facilities in the library. Partners for student projects like these and any interested instructors can contact mann-public-ed-prog@cornell.edu for more information. 

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