Hacker Lab is a makerspace and coworking space; an economic catalyst for start-ups and micro-businesses; a place where one can go to learn, create new products or technologies; and a community of diverse minds, skills and interests that reflects a growing and passionate Creative Class.
The seven-story, 50,000 square feet facility is the culmination of a vision that began in 2008 with a small group of faculty to bust open the innovation door on campus. The vision of the Sears think[box] is to operate an open space that enables users of all disciplines, all ages, all organizations to come together as a community to ideate, create, make, tinker, and build.
The Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDeATe) Network was born from Student Need, and pushed as a Campus-Wide Initiative by multiple Provosts, and the President. Located on the first (2) Floors of Hunt Library, the IDeATe@Hunt facility, acts as a supportive resource for this initiative. Hosted
The Learning Factory began in 1995 with the aim of bringing the real world into the classroom through practical, hands-on design projects. The Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory facility was originally built as a prototyping space for capstone design students, and has expanded to serve as a makerspace resource for all Penn State engineering students.
The BoilerMAKER labs were the result of a need for socialization space for students in the College of Technology as well as a location for students to access desktop 3D printing technology (FDM). And the other BoilerMAKER lab is the called the ‘Guitar Lab’. Originally designed as a lab for educating students in manufacturing via building acoustic and electric guitars, it has grown in popularity and expanded its reach to allow students access to CNC routers, laser cutters/engravers, and other woodworking equipment for their academic projects.
The Artisan and Fabrication Laboratory (AFL) is designed to be a completely student-based laboratory, which means that the lab is set up for student use while being overseen by lab employees to maintain safety.
after obtaining support from the School of Engineering and the Kern Family Foundation, the Robotics Systems Lab has forged the way for future students to have a chance to make no matter what year or major. It has been actively running for more than 2 years. It is located within the Engineering in Bannan Engineering Labs and is available to all on campus.