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Fall Semester 2015 – The Projects

The MakerSpace staff made plenty of keychains to get used to the laser cutter, but by the end of October, we branched out into helping students create all sorts of projects, both academic and personal.  And then of course there were the Christmas ornaments for Alumni… and the fails!  Many of the projects are viewable below (click to enlarge the collages).  Others, sadly, left before we could get pictures of them.  But we know that they were GREAT!

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Photo credit:  Brendan Davitt

The Big Day for the FYS Robot Showdown!

These two groups of engaged, enthusiastic students just completed a semester-long project in their FYS seminar with Prof. Doyle and Prof. Karstens.  A good crowd turned out on December 10 at the MakerSpace to see the results of their problem-solving and ingenuity.  Not sure if anyone actually “won”, but a good time was had by all, and a lot of learning had obviously happened to create the results you see below!

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Photo credits:  Jim Millard


Did you know…?

The MakerSpace isn’t just for technology!  There are art supplies (colored pencils, adult coloring books, origami paper, crayons, cardstock, etc.) in the big drawer under the windowseat, and lots of yarn in Yarnthe drawer under that one.  There are knitting needles and crochet hooks in a container on the windowsill.   We have a huge stock of assorted fabrics, donated by the community, in our back closet (just ask!).  If you want to sew, and someone’s using the sewing machine, there are two other machines on the floor next to the sewing table.  Feel free to pick one up and find a table to set it on.  You’ll find an assortment of thread, needles and bobbins in the sewing desk.sewing machine




New Technology at the MakerSpace!

We have recently acquired a Lulzbot TAZ 3D printer in our print room.  The TAZ, Make Magazine’s top printer of the year, was chosen because of its versatility and ease of use.  Once our staff is trained, you’ll be able to sign up for a class and become certified on this printer.

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FYS Robotics Groups


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These students have been introduced to the MakerSpace and all its possibilities, and are taking advantage of both space in the general area and specific equipment to get their projects in gear.