When you hear the word “makerspace,” do you see yourself there? Do you see you and your friends huddled together in the company of advanced technology and expert creators?
I hope so, because at Case Western Reserve University, our seven-story Sears think[box] is the largest open-access makerspace at any university in the country. Far from the domain of engineers alone, our think[box] brings life to projects dreamt up by artists, anthropologists and so many more. Like:
- Wearable sculpture incorporating designs of the goldenrod flower for the 2019 Society of North American Goldsmiths’ Exhibition in Motion
- A 3D scan of a Krishna sculpture to determine if a section found in Cambodia belonged to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s sixth-century stone carving
- A rotating Scrabble board so everyone can play the game right-side up
- A welded metal sculpture that uses LEDs to visualize photosynthesis
- Plastic replicas of tibia specimens for a study of tibial osteotomies and ankle alignment
- A replica of a semi-hollow body Washburn Delta King guitar
When you attend CWRU, the doors of our think[box] are open to you. Walk on in and imagine what doors will open in turn.