What is Maker Commons?
Maker Commons is a university-wide initiative to enrich the teaching and learning experience through 3D printing, rapid prototyping, design thinking and direct support for students, faculty and staff. Maker Commons is provided by Teaching and Learning with Technology, a unit of Penn State Information Technology.
We provide an open access 3D printing service that allows any member of the Penn State community at any campus to print on-demand. Rapid prototyping of electronic devices is made possible in the Invention Studio with an assortment of littleBits, Lego and other Internet of Things technology.
Maker Commons provides services specifically designed for faculty interested in incorporating maker technologies into their instruction. Our consultants aim to expand student education by helping with the creation and exploration of maker technologies for coursework. Beginners and advanced users across the Penn State community can benefit from access to experienced consultants, training opportunities and production facilities.
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Maker Commons provides dedicated spaces at all Penn State locations with the tools needed to complete the most common maker tasks, no matter which campus you are on. Commonwealth campus locations have full access to our 3D printing service, as well as a traveling kit of littleBits and other maker technologies. University Park has convenient locations that include spaces for creation, including 3D modeling and the Invention Studio.