Frequently Asked Questions

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Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills, nurtured by a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation. This space gives the Brock community hands-on access to emerging technologies and provides a space for all to play, learn and invent.

Our physical space is currently closed due to the pandemic. We are currently exploring ways to maintain Makerspace operations via online means.

The physical Makerspace is located in Brock University’s St. Catharines campus. The entrance is the glass-enclosed space to the left in the main area of the Rankin Family Pavilion at the front of Brock.

Anyone in the Brock or general Niagara community, this space is for you! If you are interested in learning more about emerging technology and love to tinker, create and collaborate, sign up for an online workshop or attend a Virtual Drop-In on Experience BU.

Given the current state of the pandemic, to limit physical interaction and reinforce social distancing practices, we are currently not offering any tours of the Makerspace.

We do, however, have a Virtual Tour that guides you through the space to see what it looks like and the type of features it normally contains.

For first time users, we recommend visiting Experience BU and reserve a spot in one of our free workshops.

You can also attend one of our more casual Virtual Drop-Ins to ask questions and acquaint yourself with staff and other patrons. These are also listed on Experience BU.

If you’re looking to request a 3D print or CNC job, our Services page provides a description walking you through the process.

We offer a pay for print service for our machines, which allows us to recover material costs and equipment repairs. It is generally priced according to the amount of material being used.

See our Services page for exact pricing.

The Makerspace is experimenting with Curb-Side Pickup. When your model is finished we will notify you of its completion and keep it for you to receive at both entrances to the Makerspace. Pickup times are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 pm.

We encourage creativity, however the Makerspace does not allow the production of weapons, objects with a sexual nature, or anything that conflicts with the Brock Human Ethics Code.

Get Credit

Swipe your student cards during drop-In hours and earn credit in the Innovation or Personal Growth domain in the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC).

Students who swipe when attending a workshops in the Makerspace can have it noted on your Experience Plus transcript AND you will earn credit in the Innovation or Personal Growth domain of the CWC.

What is Experience Plus

Experience Plus is Brock’s official co-curricular transcript that tracks students’ on-campus jobs, volunteer placements, professional development and workshops. It acts much like an academic transcript, recording all the co-curricular experiences a student has in those categories.  It is offered out of Career Education.

What is Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum

In the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum students are working towards completing a number of items within domains, in order to achieve their Certificate of Engagement. Once they have completed items, the system no longer tracks their activity or experiences – it acts more like the checklist.

Questions?

If you have more questions contact us in-person in the Makerspace, by telephone at 905-688-5550 x 6438, or by email at makerspace@brocku.ca.

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