With the recent opening of Blue, UNC’s fourth makerspace, some students will have the ability to create without having to leave their residence hall.
UNC students will have access to an innovative space in Carmichael Residence Hall with equipment they can use to bring their ideas to life either for class or just for enjoyment.
“A makerspace is connecting the brainstorming of ideas and the ability to prototype them all in one space,” said Allan Blattner, director of Carolina Housing and Residential Education. “For example, the innovators could come up with an idea for a widget and then go over to the 3D printer to print one.”
Blattner said Blue was designed to look different from what you would normally expect a residential hall lounge to look like. One side is a makerspace, and the other is innovation space.
“One side has collaborative space, so lots of soft seating, whiteboards, TVs, tables that you can write on and a kitchen,” Blattner said. “On the far side, there are 24 3D printers, different kinds of computers, an embroidery machine and sewing machines.”