Davidson's Information Technology Services operates a Maker/Innovation Space, Studio M, where members of the Davidson community can explore emerging technologies to invigorate intellectual inquiry and collaboration across conventional academic boundaries. Three basic terms define its operation: open, engaged and experimental.
Under any of its various names (Makerspace, Innovation lab, Hackerspace, Hacklab), a maker space is generally a community-oriented workspace designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and collaboration among people with common interests, usually technologically oriented. More succinctly, it's a place designed to help people think in new ways and to give them tools to realize their ideas in a creative and inventive manner.
Contact Brian Little at email@example.com if you have a project idea or would like to learn more about Studio M. We welcome your participation in the space.
Physical Computing - Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Twine, Ninja Blocks, Automatic, Wimoto
Code/Soft Computing - Studio M keeps a wiki directory of resources for coding, and workstations and devices are available to demo such resources as Xcode, Pythonista, Codecademy, etc.
Interfaces - Thalmic Myo, MaKey MaKey, LeapMotion USB
Imaging - Lytro, GoPro HERO
Fabrication - 3D scanning and printing, LEGO bricks, LEGO Digital Designer software, Sifteo cubes
Aerial Tools - quadcopter drones capable of carrying aerial imaging tools
Music - Tabletop for iPad, iOS MIDI interfaces, other software for mobile music development
Resource Directories - directories for finding additional resources such as 3D printing services, machining and production services, local hackerspaces, development guides, etc.