Open to all students, the WKU Makerspace is a unique supportive learning environment where diverse people across disciplines can come together to create, invent, build, and explore.
The Makerspace is an academic center that empowers freshman students through attractive technologies often reserved for more advanced students, and uses those technologies to create pathways into STEM and other disciplines. Students work with enthusiastic, like-minded inventive peers, faculty and staff to build self-confidence and develop marketable skills.
2017-2018 Plans: In 2017-2018, we plan to develop a Colonnade course, host the first annual licensed Mini Maker Faire, extend training levels to track expertise and encourage mentors, build applied workshops to enhance understanding of math concepts, create pop-up workshops to reach diverse audiences, and be open for a minimum of 20 open hours weekly for all students.
Collaborators/Friends of the WKU Makerspace: Individuals and groups who have expressed interest include Gatton Academy, SKYTeach, Theatre and Dance, Engineering, Art, Small Business Accelerator, Center for Gifted Studies, ACM Robotics student group, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Campaign College Advancement, Ogden College Science Outreach, Advantage Kentucky Alliance and Yellowberri Media, and more every day.
Supported by $36,000 of grants so far (KY NSF EPSCoR, RCAP and FUSE), the WKU Makerspace offers four main spaces for making:
Design Room: Filled with CNC machines and laptops, this space boasts 2 Qidi Tech 3D printers, US Cutter 36” vinyl cutter, vinyl heat press, graphics tablets, LittleBits circuitry sets, small robotics, sewing & embroidery machine, cutting mats, and more.
Tool Room: Connected to the Instructional room, this is where messes can be made with our wide selection of hand and power tools. We have work benches, a soldering station, X-Carve (CNC router), vise, Dremel drill press, and a wide inventory of pieces and parts for making.
Instructional Room: Shared with Student Support Programs, this classroom can seat up to 30 students, and features computer work tables with available laptops for each student.
Maker Student Room: Members of our Maker Student RSO oversee this space that features storage for student projects, tables, chairs, many LEGOs, TV, PS3, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.
Address: WKU South Campus C300-302, 2355 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY
Open Mon/Wed/Fri 2-5pm, Tue/Thu 12-5pm.
Upcoming EventsSpace closed on dates in italics.
|Oct. 24||11:10am-12:30pm||University Experience Critical Thinking Workshop|
|Oct. 26||11:10am-12:30pm||University Experience Critical Thinking Workshop|
|Nov. 22-24||Thanksgiving Holiday|
|Dec. 4-8||Finals week|
|Spring 2018||TBA||WKU Mini Maker Faire|
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