This week, the PUB 201 class was invited to take a tour of the new makers commons in the W.A.C. Bennett Library. I had heard word through the grapevine that SFU was installing a place for its students to start making physical projects for their assignments instead of traditional written ones, but I had no idea to what lengths they went to make this happen.
Above all the annoying sounds of jackhammers, disruptions of walkways, and the noise of construction during exam period, the makers commons really made all of it worth it. The commons features a video studio, podcasting studio, editing room and virtual reality room. Not only that, but the commons gives students access to 3D printers, different kinds of electronics and robotics, sewing machines, a laser cutter and a vintage printing press. As a creative who’s been working on both photo and video projects for school and outside of school, this new area will prove to be an asset for my future work. Everytime I get the opportunity to do a photoshoot on campus, I don’t hesitate to take the offer. Not only is SFU the place I attend school to further my academic career, but it’s the place that I’ve lived for nearly three years now. As a Communication student, I’m able to mix my academics with my outside creative projects and to have the school focus more on project deliverables is really important to me as they are opening up a more technological approach to older curriculums.
As the majority of my blog focusses on my creative journey starting with photo and now morphing into more video, I’ve spent the majority of my time working on extra curricular Youtube videos. Since last fall, I’ve had the pleasure of filming the majority of my videos on campus, specifically in the residence kitchen, but now I’m able to venture out of Shell House to the Library to continue my endeavours. The makers commons is going to be very well used and loved by myself and students along the same path throughout the rest of our time here. I feel as if not only I believe in my work, but so does my school. By creating a space for like-minded creatives to get together and produce projects that they’re actually proud of, rather than having them type out 3,000 word essays it a great way for students to show their learning rather than telling you what they’ve learnt. It’s a very hands on way of thinking, and this advancement in our learning is one of the reasons that makes SFU Canada’s most Engaged University.