Campus Maker & Innovation Space

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.

How to Experience Studio M

Contact Brian Little at brlittle@davidson.edu if you have a project idea or would like to learn more about Studio M. We welcome your participation in the space.

Fall 2014 Hours

  • Monday - 2:30-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 11 a.m.-noon and 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 2:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday - all day
  • Friday - all day

Available Tools & Services

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.