A few short years ago the Maker Lab first opened it’s doors at Abilene Christian University with hopes of capturing the attention of students, faculty and the community by providing access to maker technologies. Since its grand opening, the Maker Lab has empowered students to participate in shaping the world around them by developing skills in invention, creativity and collaboration.
The Maker Lab is steadily gaining momentum – shaping a new generation of designers and makers and offering classes, labs, tours, summer camps, workshops, orientations and demonstrations that provide opportunities for making, learning and sharing. This past semester the Maker Lab hosted 14 primary and secondary schools, four community leadership groups, and numerous college students, graduate students and faculty.
To our knowledge, the Maker Lab was the first makerspace located in a central university library in the United States, and according to the NMC Horizon Report, ACU’s Maker Lab is a leading example of innovation in higher education. Our efforts to foster supportive instruction, high-tech fabrication tools, and a collaborative environment is gaining interest and participation.
Stay tuned to learn more about Maker Lab initiatives.