The UBC Okanagan Makespace is an inclusive makerspace that aims to serve the needs of students, staff, and faculty to be makers.
The space functions as an open space to encourage design thinking, prototyping, and testing and will serve as a hub for innovation, cross-discipline collaboration and entrepreneurship for members of the UBC Okanagan campus.
To bring together students, staff, and faculty to incubate, design, prototype and fabricate ideas.
The vision for the UBC Okanagan makerspace is to provide access to many tools and technologies including hand tools, 3D printers, CNC hotwire cutter, multi-axial CNC rotors, laser cutter, 3D scanner, electronics tools, and modelling/simulation tools. This environment will provide a facilitated work space to foster creative thinking. The space opened in November 2017 and a more formal launch is anticipated for early 2018.
What is design thinking?
Design Thinking is a methodology used to solve complicated problems and find desirable solutions. Design Thinking builds upon empathetic dialogue, logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, and information to explore possibilities of what could be and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user.
The UBC Okanagan Makerspace philosophy is grounded in six main pillars:
The makerspace is inclusive for students, staff, and faculty to incubate, design, prototype and fabricate ideas.
The makerspace is about conceptualization and making tangible representations of ideas.
Making stuff generates experiential and informal learning opportunities.
A healthy makerspace is facilitated, collegial and a supporting environment.
The makerspace resides on a continuum between exploration, entrepreneurship, pedagogy, innovation and research.
The makerspace supports competitions and collaborations and streamlines processes to Okanagan Innovation Centre
Faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and community members are invited to use the space. If you are interested in contributing to the Centre’s Vision and enabling its growth, please complete and submit the contact form and a member of our group will be in touch.
UBC Okanagan Makerspace is located in the Engineering, Management and Education building at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Our mailing address is:
1256 Engineering Management and Education Building