Welcome back, Lancers! The beginning of the Fall semester is always an exciting time. A new year, a new schedule, new classes, and so much more. Last year, you may have even heard of something else that was new, the DIGILab. In case you did not hear of the DIGILab last year, it’s a makerspace located in the Library. The space has different pieces of technology, like sewing machines, Spheros, and a 3D printer, that Longwood students, faculty, and staff can use. Additionally the space has space for students to work with these pieces of technology.
As we’ve told more and more people about the DIGILab, we’ve found that we are constantly hearing things like: “Oh, that sounds cool but I don’t know how to use any of that stuff,” or “Man, I wish I was the right major so that I could use that space!” but the truth is that everyone CAN use the DIGILab! These ideas are just myths. We’ve compiled a list of other myths to set the record straight:
I’m not the right major to use the DIGILab.
Yes, you are! The DIGILab and all of its equipment is open to all Longwood students and faculty. As long as you are enrolled as a student, you are not limited in what you are allowed to use in the DIGILab.
I have to pay to use the DIGILab.
Nope! The DIGILab equipment is available for use free of charge for Longwood students and faculty. We do ask that you bring the supplies that you’d like to work with for your specific project. We have some materials available for practicing with the technology, but the best way to ensure that you are using the colors and types of materials that you’d like is bring those with you. If you’d like to make sure that you materials will fit in our equipment, feel free to contact the DIGILab staff or stop by!
I’m not able to go during any open hours, so I can’t use the equipment.
While we’ve tried to have hours that give everyone a chance to stop by, that’s nearly impossible with the endless amount of things that can conflict with our open hours. If you find that you’d like to come us the DIGILab but can’t make the open hours, just send the DIGILab staff a quick email with times that are available and we’ll schedule an appointment(s) so that you are able to utilize the space too.
I don’t know how to use a makerspace.
That’s the point! The DIGILab is a place for hands on learning, at your own pace. You will be your teacher in the DIGILab, with the guidance of the DIGILab staff. You’ll have access to different resources like videos, guides, and, of course, Google. Mistakes are part of the process, so we expect them and have designed the DIGILab to be safe space for learning.
I haven’t made a reservation to use the DIGILab, so I can’t go in there since other people are there.
Open hours are just that, OPEN! There is no need to make a reservation to use the space during this time. If you’d like more 1:1 assistance, please make an appointment to use the DIGILab technology. Faculty, if you’d like the DIGILab to come to your class, we are more than happy to discuss options with you! Please email the DEC at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about what is available.
Have more questions about the DIGILab? Let us know. We can’t wait to see what you make, Longwood!