RDC Makerspace coming to the Library

RDC’s Library Information Common (LIC) will be the permanent home for the college’s expanded and enhanced makerspace. Construction will begin in May 2017 to renovate a space on the Library’s 2nd floor which will house the College’s expanded and updated makerspace.

This winter Red Deer College was the recipient of a federal Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) grant. Part of that grant will allow us to build a permanent home for the existing makerspace, which has been operating in a temporary space for the last couple of years.

“Moving the makerspace to the library is a natural fit since students already use our space to create and collaborate,” said LIC Director Kristine Plastow. “This just adds a new element to our existing services.”

A makerspace is a place where people gather to create, envision, and work on projects while sharing ideas, knowledge, and equipment, using a variety of tools and materials. Equipment and software at the renovated RDC makerspace will allow users to create prototypes, film and edit videos, record and mix audio, and design graphics, among other things.

During the Winter 2017 term, we will be engaging with our student, staff, and faculty community to imagine the new space. This will enable us to finalize details such as services offered, equipment available, layout of the space, and connections to curriculum.

The renovated and expanded makerspace will open for business in September 2017.

Additional Information

What types of equipment might be available?
Makerspaces can contain a variety of high tech and low tech materials and equipment. Some of the equipment in RDC’s new makerspace will include:

  • Computer stations for editing photos, videos, and sound
  • 3D printing
  • Studio with green screen for audio and video for recording
  • Equipment (e.g. cameras, GoPros, button maker, sewing machine, etc.)
  • Cardboard, duct tape, glue gun, etc.
  • Robotics (makey makey, LittleBits, etc.)

What will it cost to use the makerspace?
The new RDC makerspace will be free to use! There will be reasonable costs for consumables, such as the plastic for a 3D printed item.

Who can use the makerspace?
RDC students, faculty, and staff, and the wider central Alberta community.

posted March 2017