#TechTipThursday: DIGILab goes mobile

As the spring semester brings changes, the offices of the Digital Education Collaborative have a new addition as well. The DIGILab has moved from Greenwood Library to Ruffner, with a focus on acting as a mobile makerspace for students, staff, and faculty.

Despite the change in location, the DIGILab still features the same tools and resources to provide kinesthetic and hands-on products for both learners and instructors.

The DIGILab’s supply of learning tools includes Spheros, robotic orbs that are programmed and controlled through an app. Controlling the Spheros teaches programming to users through the creation of tasks and routines carried out by the round robots.

For more artistically inclined Lancers, the DIGILab boasts a sewing machine and Silhouette. The Silhouette is a machine brings user’s designs to life, by cutting along materials such as paper, vinyl, and fabric before printing them. Meanwhile the sewing machine provides the opportunity to use a traditional household appliance to foster creative learning.

And last but not least, the DIGILab also houses a 3D printer, giving users a tangible form of their ideas and designs. Whether for a course, a club, or for personal use, the 3D printer gives Lancers the chance to bring their ideas to life. The printed objects can be a great way to do something as intricate as creating a model for your class, or as simple as showing off your fandom.

The 3D printer can create items ranging from functional…

…to fanatical

If you have any further questions, the DIGILab is open throughout the semester, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Tuesday/Thursday. Appointments, questions, and comments can be sent to dec@longwood.edu.

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