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The partnership with the Housing & Food Services at the University of

Washington with the College of Engineering has been fascinating and

exciting and great for our students. By this collaboration, we have been able to

make makerspaces in the Dabble Lab and in The MILL that provides the facilities

for our students to have a rich engagement. The most important thing with

these spaces is collaboration. These kind of facilities are hugely important for

that, and especially having them on campus and near where students live is

hugely important because they become a gathering place. They become a place

where students do things and make things together. Summer youth program is a

long-standing program that's been running for decades. It's an academically

oriented enrichment program. So we bring in young children from first grade all

the way up through high school students to participate in a variety of

enrichment experiences. We've been really excited to be able to bring our students

to the makerspaces on campus. So initially it started out as just an

opportunity, as another field trip location. And then over the last, you know,

year, we've been able to actually establish a more substantial program

that will run where we're running camps in partnership with the makerspaces on campus.

Having a partner who is willing to take

that risk, who's willing to work with us in developing spaces that become part

of our curriculum and part of our instruction, is something that's

fairly interesting. It's something that requires an appetite for risk taking and

an ability to see that, you know, places like dorms

for students should be more than just a place to sleep. They should

be a place where there's a lot of enrichment going on including the types

of instruction that we provide at the University.

My name is Olivia. I am a

sophomore in mechanical engineering. Being able to come in and study whenever

you want, and then also having people to train you for any machine that you're

interested in, both make it a place that it's easy to hang out in. This makerspace

has a lot of tools that I wouldn't necessarily have access to. And so all

the projects that I want to do, and the prices available, and also just the

training that the staff provides, allows me to do personal projects and class

projects in innovative ways. I would say makerspaces on campus, especially in

residence halls, is helpful because there's a lower barrier of entry by

having them in the residence halls. You don't feel like you have to be an

engineering student in order to have access to something in the Mechanical

Engineering Building, or an art student to be in the Arts Building. I'm a painting

and drawing art major, and I'm a freshman. I recently did a photo shoot, and I came into

the Image Lab to edit it. We have access to the full Adobe suite on the

image drive computers. So I was able to use

Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for the project that I

was using. I'm a freshman at UW, and I'm currently in pre-sciences. I spend

hours a week just sitting here doing cool stuff over here.

You make so many random projects throughout the quarter that you wouldn't

necessarily make. And it's super fun. So you can do stuff like

wax seal making. So I made a wax seal. I have 3-D printed stuff like the Eiffel

Tower, laser-cut clocks. You can make super cool gifts for friends or family

as well. Other than the fact that we have tons of equipment here, like 3-D printers,

laser cutters, that we wouldn't necessary get by our own means, there's also the

instructors that we have to help us. So we can make super cool projects that we

couldn't necessarily make ourselves. Today I'm working on a arcade machine as

the workshop that why don't the instructors is taking. We're making a

retro arcade machine using a Raspberry Pi. My research is equity in university

makerspaces. And the way that I've been using both of the makerspaces here has

been working with students that are already in the space, doing workshops,

doing observations and just teaching in them. Seeing how integrated it is with

the Housing & Food Services that students live here. So one memorable

observation was we were in here, and a student came in, brought his dress shirt,

and just went straight to the iron, like, ironed his dress shirt and walked out.

And so that to me was just like a really positive surprise because students are

using the tools in the space to meet their needs, and to come in, interact with

a couple people, and then just go back up to their dorm room. We have the opportunity

now for engineering students to work with students from the arts, students

from humanities, students from history, from political science, to come together

in a collaborative space where they get to create and work on projects together.

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