The Fab Lab’s main mission is to support education through promoting interdisciplinary design thinking, digital literacies and makerspace pedagogy. We offer a number of classes hosted exclusively at the lab and collaborate with other units to provide workshop time and project support for related and visiting classes. Some examples are provided below. Professors and units seeking to schedule a visit or host a class at the Fab Lab should contact us directly.

IS 351 – The Design of Usable Information Interfaces (2012-present)

The longest standing interdisciplinary course to make use of the Fab Lab, IS351 (taught by Jeff Ginger) runs half of its projects with support of the lab. It focuses primarily on introducing learners to the entourage of issues surrounding comprehensive and effective user experience design through remixing and reverse engineering. Example projects broken down by discipline include:

This all culminates in a team-based design final where students go through an iterative design process to develop, interpret and present a unique usable information interface invention.

INFO 490 (ARTS 499) – Makerspace (2014-present)

Informatics (Jeff Ginger, Suzanne Linder) and Art Education (Tyler Denmead) collaborated to develop a course series (2-3 related courses each year) to introduce learners to makerspace technologies and techniques. The course has changed format over time but consistently includes several topics and objectives:

Specialty versions of the course emphasize various topics connected to makerspaces and our community partner network, such as curriculum development and research on processes and products that happen with design thinking pedagogy in informal and formal education settings. We are also strongly connected to the emergent game studies area and have offered classes on critical game design that engage with code, logic mechanics, art, story narratives and usability.

 

BADM 395 – Digital Making Seminar (Spring 2016-present)

A collaboration between the Business Makerlab and Informatics taught by Professor Vishal Sachdev. The description:

The third industrial revolution is upon us, and we have the ability to create functional products on our desktop by using some inexpensive and accessible tools. This course will help you get trained on many of these tools and technologies and make things. We will explore 3D scanning, modeling and printing to rapidly prototype products. We will experiment with open hardware /micro-controllers such as arduinos  and smaller form factors for e-textiles, to explore the concept of the internet of things. We will also have guest lectures in entrepreneurship, design thinking, digital making and some stories from passionate makers from the community and beyond.This  seminar course was first offered in 2015  by Dr. Vishal Sachdev and now offered every spring. This is one of two courses at the lab, the other being Making Things.

Fab Lab staff assists with various activities and units within this class; several sessions will be held at the Fab Lab.

Additional Courses

Many other courses come to visit us for tours, workshops and series of classes. These have included (in order of recency):