Red Deer College celebrates Makerspace Grand Opening
Red Deer College leaders, faculty, staff, students and community members were proud to celebrate the official opening of a fully renovated and expanded Makerspace at a ribbon cutting ceremony held earlier today.
Those attending the event were able to tour the space as well as get some hands on experience with the variety of resources that are available to students and community members. The first of its kind in central Alberta, the facility includes bright and spacious workspaces and free access to a wide variety of high tech and low tech maker equipment such as 3D printers, a button maker machine and electronic circuits. Makers can create prototypes, film and edit videos, record and mix audio as well as design graphics.
“At Red Deer College, we pride ourselves on providing experiential learning opportunities for our students, and the Makerspace is another extension of this,” says Dr. Steven Lane, Associate Vice President Academic. “Currently, the Makerspace serves a number of students in technology programs, as well as those competing in design competitions. Looking ahead, even more students may adopt the maker culture that emphasizes the innovation and craft as an important hands-on-skill set.”
RDC’s original Makerspace was first created in 2015 and has since grown in popularity and demand as more students and community members become aware of the benefits of using the space. When the decision was made to move and expand the Makerspace, the Library Information Common felt like a natural fit.
“Students have always used our Library to create and collaborate, and the addition of the Makerspace adds a new but complementary element to our existing services,” says Kristine Plastow, Director of the Library Information Common. “Our Makerspace is a place where people can gather to envision and create, while sharing ideas, knowledge and equipment.”
The renovation and expansion of RDC’s Makerspace was made possible through the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) grant with matching investment by Red Deer College.
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