Where ideas click.

Open to all students, the WKU Makerspace is a unique, supportive learning environment where diverse people across disciplines can come together to create, invent, build, and explore.

We empower freshman students through attractive technologies often reserved for more advanced students, and use those technologies to create pathways into STEM and other disciplines.

Our students work with enthusiastic, like-minded inventive peers, faculty and staff to build self-confidence and develop marketable skills.

WKU South Campus
Room C300-C302
2355 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Fall 2018 hours:
Tues, Wed, & Thurs
2pm - 7pm

N/A

makerspace@wku.edu

What we offer

Design Room: Filled with CNC machines and laptops, this space boasts 2 Qidi Tech 3D printers, US Cutter 31.5” vinyl cutter, vinyl heat press, graphics tablets, LittleBits circuitry sets, small robotics, sewing & embroidery machine, cutting mats, and more.

Tool Room: Connected to the Instructional room, this is where messes can be made with our wide selection of hand and power tools. We have work benches, a soldering station, X-Carve (CNC router), vise, Dremel drill press, and a wide inventory of pieces and parts for making.

Instructional Room: Shared with Student Support Programs, this classroom can seat up to 30 students, and features computer work tables with available laptops for each student.

Maker Student Room: Members of our Maker Student RSO oversee this space that features storage for student projects, tables, chairs, many LEGOs, TV, PS3, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.

2 QIDI Tech 3D printers
Glowforge Laser Cutter
US Cutter 31.5" vinyl cutter
Clamshell T-shirt heat press
X-Carve CNC router

SUS 215: Makerspace Literacies

In Spring 2018, we began teaching the first-ever makerspace class to a brave set of 10 students. Through teamwork, we are teaching entry-level topics on safety and diversity, design thinking, vinyl cutting, T-shirt design, basic competency in software such as Inkscape and Blender, 3D design, programming with Arduinos, and more.

Applied Math Workshops

Students in Mr. Bettersworth’s MATH 116 course will enjoy several hands-on experiences in the makerspace to enhance understanding of math concepts and develop a life-long appreciation of the everyday uses of mathematics.

Our collaborators & friends

  • WKU Energy Systems Lab
  • Gatton Academy
  • Kentucky Museum
  • SKyTeach
  • WKU League of Sculptors
  • WKU Maker Student Group
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
  • School of Teacher Education
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Small Business Accelerator
  • Center for Gifted Studies
  • ACM Robotics student group
  • Kentucky Forge Council
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Ogden College Science Outreach
  • Advantage Kentucky Alliance
  • YellowBerri Media
  • and more every day.