We are 18 years into this new century. Eighteen years. Students born in this century will be on campus this year. It is time to embrace the new learning environments that have presented themselves this century.
There are many new spaces to create learning opportunities here in the city. Learning has never been restricted to the classroom but there are some amazing opportunities out there for some unconventional discovery, design and creativity.
Many makerspaces are now accessible here in Calgary. Try to visit one a month or a couple on a weekend to investigate which one can help you express that creativity that is bursting to get out.
Protospace has been around for a while and welcomes newcomers every Tuesday evening to look around and see if the space and the peer group fits your needs.
Fuse33 is the newest space in Calgary and you can arrange to go and see it. It is a bright working space that offers everything from woodworking to sewing in a bright building in the South East area of Calgary.
The Calgary MakerSpace has plans for an incredible space that will be accessible by many. Follow their progress on their site.
And last but not least, the newly opened Lab NEXT here at the University of Calgary. “Lab NEXT features a makerspace, bookable collaboration rooms, open collaboration space, and high performance computers.” Also in the space are various 3D printers, Cricut machine and scanners. Workshops are being run during Block Week and into January to familiarize staff and students with the space and resources available on a bookable or drop in basis.
Lab NEXT not only features state-of-the-art equipment, it also has staff to help you with various questions you may have about your research technology. It is a very handy place to have on campus for the use of staff and students. It is located on the 3rd floor of the TFDL. Visit the site and go over to check it out.