Media Department: Stephanie Kloss
Phone: (802) 578-5413
BURLINGTON, VT. —Champlain College will celebrate the grand opening of the College's MakerLab and expanded Emergent Media Center (EMC) on Friday, Oct. 3 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Champlain's Miller Center at Lakeside Campus located at 175 Lakeside Ave.
The Champlain MakerLab, a rapid prototyping facility is equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printers, a 3D scanner, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, large format printers, electronics prototyping, Arduinos, sewing tools for wearable computing and more traditional tools. The space and tools allow students and the Champlain extended community to explore the possibilities for invention and entrepreneurship now available thanks to the unique marriage of digital technologies and once impossible to manufacture physical components. The MakerLab is also the first academic institution on the east coast to have a ProJet 4500—the most sophisticated 3D color printer available.
At the Oct. 3 open house and ribbon cutting, Champlain President Donald Laackman and the Emergent Media Center Director Ann DeMarle, will welcome visitors during an opening ceremony at 4 p.m. Michael Jager, founder & chief creative officer of Solidarity of Unbridled Labour (formerly JDK) and Lisa Groeneveld, co-founder of Logic Supply and sponsor of the MakerLab, will also be speaking.
"The MakerLab is an innovative and creative place for any Champlain student, faculty or staff member to explore the intersections between digital technologies, physical components and interactivity," explained Sarah Jerger, Director of Operations & Communications at the EMC.
The MakerLab is also part of a partnership with the City of Burlington and the Generator, a makerspace in Memorial Auditorium which offers access to additional classes, tools and studio space. As partners, reciprocal membership between makerspaces is offered.
The expansion of the EMC also gives dedicated studio space for undergraduate and graduate students, 25 computer workstations, new media display and participation technologies, collaborative group work spaces, meeting spaces, graduate fellow offices and additional faculty/staff offices.
"This new MakerLab connects the creative economy of Burlington's South End Art scene and the Vermont business and manufacturing community," explained DeMarle. "We are developing new academic offerings related to these specialized educational technologies. Using software, prototyping equipment and encouraging the long-tradition of entrepreneurial spirit at Champlain College will ensure our students have a direct hand in building the future.
"This space and the students and faculty who will bring it to life, will carry forward Champlain's mission to prepare students to thrive as creators, communicators and innovators. And from day one at Champlain, to think and act as professionals in the media-engaged and interconnected world," she added.
Champlain plans to offer a specialization in Educational Technology, giving students majoring in middle and secondary teacher education the knowledge and background to integrate emerging technology skills and concepts into fresh curricula for young learners.
CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE MAKERLAB OPENING, Friday, Oct. 3, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Emergent Media Center, Miller Center at Lakeside, 175 Lakeside Ave., Burlington.
Tour the new MakerLab and Emergent Media Center. Learn about rapid prototyping equipment, explore interactive digital and physical projects, and make something of your own. Free and open to the public. For more information, 802-383-6650 or champlain.edu/emc
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.