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Innovation Studio

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Have Class in the Innovation Studio

The Innovation Studio is your gateway to revolutionizing education through hands-on experiences and cutting-edge technology. Here's how you can harness the power of our Innovation Studio to enrich your teaching:

  1. Experiential Learning: Transform abstract concepts into tangible experiences. Engage your students with immersive projects that bring theories to life, fostering deeper understanding and retention.

  2. Innovative Assignments: Inspire creativity by assigning projects that encourage students to design, prototype, and present their ideas. Watch them develop problem-solving skills while creating real-world solutions.

  3. Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration: Break down traditional silos by collaborating with colleagues from various fields. Our Makerspace provides a common ground for interdisciplinary projects, sparking fresh perspectives and groundbreaking ideas.

  4. Tech-Infused Teaching: Integrate technology seamlessly into your curriculum. From 3D printing to virtual reality, our Makerspace offers tools that allow you to explore new teaching methods and engage tech-savvy students.

  5. Real-World Applications: Equip students with skills applicable in the modern job market. Through Innovation Studio projects, they'll gain practical experience and build a portfolio that sets them apart in their future careers.

  6. Showcase Opportunities: Spotlight your students' creations in exhibitions or presentations. Highlight their accomplishments and inspire others to explore the limitless possibilities of hands-on learning.


Sample Assignments

The possibilities of how one can incorporate the tools, technology, and equipment into their courses is endless. One resource to spark ideas is the Lawrence University Interdisciplinary Makerspace for Engaged Learning's blog post on Makerspace Assignments by Subject. There are many opportunities to increase student engagement there. 

Schedule a session with the David Williams, Emerging Technologies and Digital Initiatives Librarian, to customize a session specific to your course requirements. 

Assignment Ideas

3D Printed Atomic Molecules

3D Printed Atomic Molecules

XULA Students 3D printed atomic models to create their own atomic model kits

Credit: Lawrence U Makerspace for Engaged Learning


SpecPhone is a 3D printed spectrometer by Adam W. Smith of the University of Akron, created or modified 3D patterns and printed them on the 3D printers, and will design their own instruments and instrument housing.

Human Vestibular System Models

Anatomy and Physiology students used 3D modeling and CAD software to design interactive inner ear modules to demonstrate their proficiency of the anatomy

Resources on Design Thinking, Iterative Design, and Making