The ThinkLab at the University of Mary Washington was featured alongside a host of other campuses for innovating with 3D printing in higher education in this year’s Higher Education Horizon Report. The Horizon Report attempts to gauge emergent technologies and the time periods that they will become mainstream, as well as campuses that are currently using them. A full copy of the report can be found on <a href=”http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed”>the NMC website</a> for download.Read More
On Friday, November 16th at 5pm we will kick off our first 24-hour Hackathon in the ThinkLab. If you’ve got a pet project you’ve wanted to work on and didn’t have the tools or knowledge to make it happen make plans to stop by and spend some time at the event. We will have some larger projects going on including building a new 3D printer and a CNC Mill. There will be free pizza and drinks (and maybe pancakes in the morning). We often get asked how students can use the space if they’re not a part of a class that is making use of it. This is your chance! If students want to start a club to meet regularly in the space and get access anytime the library is open this is the perfect opportunity to organize that. If this event is successful we’ll do it again in the Spring. So put it on your calendar and make plans to come!Read More
Last week our students began the first of many projects in Makerbots and Mashups, a freshman seminar course at the University of Mary Washington on “making things” using 3D printers, electronics, robotics, and more. We wanted to students to begin the process of exploring how to conceptualize gears and moving parts without worrying about being perfect or using electronics. This project is called Cardboard Automata.Read More
We’ve been hard at work putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and rearranging the furniture in preparation for the grand opening of the ThinkLab. To that end we have two open houses this week that we wanted to make you aware of.
On Thursday, August 23rd from 1:30 – 3:30 we invite all faculty and staff to come out and see this exciting new space while meeting the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, the Speaking Center, and the Writing Center. Light refreshments will be served.
On Friday, August 24th from 1 – 2 the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies welcomes all incoming freshmen to the ThinkLab. We will demonstrate some of the exciting new technology available in this space as well as how students can get involved.Read More
As a part of our efforts to build the ThinkLab, a makerspace in the Simpson Library at UMW, Tim Owens is writing a set of posts to be featured on the Makerbot Blog. The first of these posts, Help Tim Owens Build An Awesome Makerspace, is live. Much of the work we do with 3D printing began with Makerbots and inspired us to take it a step further with ThinkLab so we’re excited to have the opportunity to get feedback from that large community of makers to help our little space here grow and evolve!Read More