There’s far more to student life than free sausage sizzles and attending lectures. Have you heard of the Curtin Library Makerspace? It’s a hidden gem for innovation, creative learning and play through making.
Of all the cool places to explore at Curtin, the Makerspace is a must and here’s why:
- Take a guilt-free play break
Whether you’re in search of a creative outlet or simply something to do before your next class, the Makerspace is a great place to de-stress and refresh. If you’ve got a few hours to spare, we can get you started with a 3D print job. Otherwise, the badge, magnet and keyring maker is a favourite as it takes less than five minutes of your time.
Painting, embroidery, LEGOs, card making, filming – you name it! We’ve got a vast collection of maker-y goodies to take your mind off that assignment you have due.
- Learn a new skill
If you’re interested in developing your digital skills and knowledge, we’ve got a program called 23 Things which covers topics such as video editing and coding. There are online modules as well as workshops you can attend – all of which are completely free and self-paced. Did I mention it’s also part of Curtin Extra?
If you’re interested in hands-on arts and crafts or tinkering with electronics, there’s plenty of materials and equipment at your disposal in the Makerspace. From beads and clay to Raspberry Pi and Arduinos to a robot watercolouring machine, who knows what you’ll discover from simply being in the space.
Even if you’ve never touched a sewing machine or feel intimidated by the thought of laser cutting, we’ve got a friendly crew of staff who will happily help you navigate the space and equipment.
- Meet people
Made for students, you’re bound to meet new faces while being in the Makerspace. The first person you’ll most likely meet and be greeted with is a staff member. Sometimes, they may blend in with other students using the space, but you can spot them with their staff badge.
If you haven’t made it along to a club event, the Makerspace may be a good alternative to meeting new people from different disciplines and backgrounds.
- Be yourself
You don’t need to be an expert because we’re all learners in the space. You can create and make as you feel in a safe, all-inclusive and judgement-free environment. We’re here to support you!
- Play with expensive gadgets
Let’s be real. Unless you’re invested into 3D printing, who can really afford a 3D printer? A major perk of being in the Makerspace is that you get the opportunity to explore a wide range of otherwise costly equipment all for free! Before hopping on Amazon for a Cricut Maker or to JB-HiFi for a Wacom tablet, check out the Makerspace first.
The Makerspace is located in TL Robertson Library on level 3 and is open from Monday to Friday 9am – 5 pm. If you’d like learn more, check out our website.
Hope to see you there!