Engineering Garage: The Ultimate Makerspace!
The University of Alberta Engineering Garage opened this weekend! The premiere of the Faculty of Engineering’s new makerspace was an engineering showcase as part of Alumni Week. Current engineering students from all programs hosted family-friendly activities and demonstrations, inspiring future engineers by showing off their toys: 3D printers, robots, airplanes, hydrogen powered cars, a concrete toboggan and more.
The idea behind the 6000 sq ft garage is to encourage “tinkering.” You know, pulling things apart and putting them back together. Looking at how machines come together. Building new gadgets. That spirit of curiosity and playing. The type of thing you see little kids doing and think “oh, I bet she’ll be an engineer when she’s older.” Now, big kids at the Engineering Garage get to tinker using state-of-the-art technology including the largest collection of 3D printers in Edmonton.
“Some of the world’s best innovations happened in garages. Welcome to your garage.”
As part of the premiere, the official name of the space was unveiled: Elko Engineering Garage. It’s named to honour the generous donation from local philanthropists and U of A alumni, Ernie and Cathie Elko. Their undisclosed gift will cover the ongoing maintenance and salaries for engineering co-op students in the garage for years to come. Learn more about their ties to the Faculty of Engineering here.
An extra special aspect of the project is that the DIALOG design team includes engineers that studied at University of Alberta. Blair Bisson (structural), Josh Bornia (electrical) and Amisha Pope (mechanical) were pleased to design a meaningful new space for their alma mater. It’s a space they wish they had when they were in school!
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