Brock University is known for its student experience, and it was that experience that was on display Friday, Oct. 26 as MPP Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, visited the main St. Catharines campus.
Before meeting with Brock President Gervan Fearon, Fullerton toured the Makerspace in the James A. Gibson Library, which provides hands-on access to emerging technology such as 3D printers, laser cutters, sound production tools and other equipment. The Makerspace is a collaborative learning space for Brock students, staff and faculty, as well as the community.
Fullerton was given a demonstration of some of the equipment, including trying an interactive virtual reality system.
“It was wonderful to meet with the Minister today and showcase the exciting innovation and learning taking place in the Library Makerspace,” said University Librarian Mark Robertson. “The students in the Makerspace spoke with her about the impact the facility has had on their experience at Brock and she expressed an appreciation for the role the Makerspace plays on our campus.”
Gervan Fearon said he was pleased that it was the students who were able to tell Fullerton about the Brock story.
“We were delighted to be able to host the Minister and have students share their Brock experience with her. Innovative spaces, such as the Makerspace and upcoming Brock LINC, are an important part of the experiential and entrepreneurial educational opportunities available to students at Brock and provide a collaborative learning environment for partnership with the local business community,” he said.
Fullerton also met with Dean Michael Owen and others from the Faculty of Education, where she learned more about one of Ontario’s most significant education programs.
“We were delighted to have an opportunity for our teacher candidates to connect with the Minister about the strength of our programs in the professional preparation of Ontario’s future educators,” Owen said.
Fullerton said she was impressed with what she saw at Brock.
“The pairing of innovation and experiential learning is well-suited to preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow,” she said. “Thank you to the students, faculty and staff for showcasing the best of the University.”