New Equipment in the Design Lab for Student Use
Aubrey Rogowski, the ITLS Design Lab Manager, spent the Summer improving the Design Lab (Educ 270), including purchasing new equipment for students to use. "This is a student space and we really want students to come and own this place," Rogowski, a current ITLS student herself, said. "Come in between classes, come and make stuff, come and be social here."
The new equipment available to students includes a virtual reality headset and space set up for a virtual reality experience, a new Cricut Maker (a machine that can cut fabric, leather, paper, vinyl, etc.), and a new conference room table with a cutting mat at the end. Rogowski has also moved the sewing/embroidery machine to a more accessible location. Rogowski wants ITLS students to know this is a space for them to use. Any ITLS student can get a keycard to the room by requesting it from Deidri Neilson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students can schedule the room via the room reservation page on the ITLS website. Students can come study, play, or just hangout in the room any time it is not being used for a meeting.
The equipment is also available for students to use at any time. There are some resources available (e.g., a tutorial on how to use the Laser Cutter made by Ryan Cain and Kevin Lawanto) on the Design Lab page. Rogowski also plans to hold monthly maker workshops themed around a piece of equipment in the Design Lab. Below is a list of the equipment and material available in the room with a brief description.
The laser cutter can cut thicker material such as wood or metal. Please watch the online tutorials before using this machine.
Several cameras are in the design lab. You can contact Kris Borecki (email@example.com) to gain access to use the cameras for research.
Requests for equipment, other needs, or questions can be sent to Aubrey Rogowski. If you are interested in teaching one of the monthly maker workshops, please also contact Rogowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.