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.
Bowling Green Mini Maker Faire: On April 21, 2018, the WKU Makerspace, along with many dedicated volunteers from other WKU departments and the community, will host the first-ever licensed Bowling Green Mini Maker Faire on WKU’s South Campus. The faire will be held from 10am-2pm and will feature hands-on opportunities by makers of all sorts.
SUS 215 Makerspace Literacies: In Spring 2018, we began teaching the first-ever makerspace class to a brave set of 10 students. Through teamwork, we are teaching entry-level topics on safety and diversity, design thinking, vinyl cutting, t-shirt design, basic competency in software such as Inkscape and Blender, 3D design, programming with Arduinos, and more.
Applied Math Workshops: Students in Mr. Bettersworth’s MATH 116 course will enjoy several hands-on experiences in the makerspace to enhance understanding of math concepts and develop a life-long appreciation of everyday uses of mathematics.
Collaborators/Friends of the WKU Makerspace and Bowling Green Mini Maker Faire: Gatton Academy, Kentucky Museum, SKyTeach, WKU League of Sculptors, WKU Maker Student Group, Housing and Residence Life, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, School of Teacher Education, Theatre and Dance, Engineering, Art, Small Business Accelerator, Center for Gifted Studies, ACM Robotics student group, Kentucky Forge Council, Office of Sustainability, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 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
Phone: (270) 745-3359
Open Monday-Friday, 12:30-5pm.
Upcoming EventsSpace closed on dates in italics.
|February 19, 2018||12pm-1:30pm||Head for the Hill|
|February 28, 2018||12pm-5pm||WKU Fix It Fest|
|April 21, 2018||10am-2pm||BG Mini Maker Faire|
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