MakerspaceCT recently opened the doors to its collaborative hands-on innovation space, located in the historic G. Fox building at 960 Main Street in downtown
Hartford, and invited prospective partners in the higher education community to explore what they have to offer. Dave Tatem, a Trinity College instructional technologist and member of the CHER Advisory Board, went on the tour and shared what he learned.
Devra Sisitsky, Executive Director of MakerspaceCT, welcomes partnerships with Trinity faculty, students, and staff to utilize their innovative space, which melds traditional manufacturing tools with state of the art technology. Their 25,000 square-foot workspace features more than a dozen shops, including tools for metalwork, welding, woodworking, electronics, robotics, 3D printing, and industrial sewing. MakerspaceCT offers a special student rate of $75 per month, which is the only membership that does not require a one-year commitment. See other membership options at http://makerspacect.com.
MakerspaceCT encourages problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills that fit with a liberal arts curriculum. In another Hartford higher education partnership, an architecture class holds their lecture on the main campus and a lab component at MakerspaceCT. Also, similar arrangements are in the planning stages for other courses in theater set and costume design, and entrepreneurial studies. MakerspaceCT also offers a variety of its own fee-based courses that are available to anyone, not just members. Members of the Trinity community seeking more information are welcome to contact Dave Tatem on our campus, or reach out directly to Devra Sisitsky at http://makerspacect.com.