SNHU Makerspace (image courtesy: Ryan Vezina)

The Makerspace is a spot on campus dedicated to all aspects of creativity. It can be found on the first floor of the Edward S. Wolak Library Learning Commons.

A variety of tools are available for students to utilize, including a 3D printer, laser engraver, and equipment that students can use to create their own podcasts.

The space is open for all students, staff, and faculty to use. The equipment can be used to create birthday presents, complete a class assignment, make something for an Involvement fair, or indulge in a hobby.

Student Supervisor Kirsten Hayward (’25) loves working in the space and interacting with all the faces that come in to use what they have.

“My favorite thing about the Makerspace is the fact that so many students feel comfortable coming in to hang out and just be,” said Hayward. “We see it so often that students will work on homework and then reward themselves for completing their [work] by getting creative and work[ing] on a project!”

The Makerspace will be hosting a range of events this semester to showcase their equipment.

“To name a few, we’ll be hosting survival sewing, up-cycling, Make-it-Mondays, a crochet/knitting event, a Canva workshop, as well as some demos here and there,” said Hayward.

Their main goal for the 2023-24 school year is to bring more awareness to the Makerspace and all of its capabilities. So far, they’ve seen classrooms meet in their and professors putting the facility down into their syllabi.

A personal goal Hayward and her co-supervisor have includes creating connections within the campus community.

“We want to see more clubs and classes using the space and utilizing it to its fullest potential,” said Hayward. “To create some great partnerships with other offices and clubs around campus to create some meaningful connections and co-host some fun events and projects.”

The Makerspace is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm.

Students can follow their Instagram, @snhu.makerspace, to see highlights of their equipment and student work.