The SIO MakerSpace (planned completion Fall 2017) located in the Hydraulics Laboratory will provide the SIO community with a shared space with traditional tooling, digital design software, rapid prototyping tools, and test facilities with an emphasis on the marine and earth sciences. It will serve as an educational space that promotes hands-on creativity and innovation, a collaborative space that fosters communication between diverse groups of people and research disciplines, and a design space for developing the next generation of scientists and engineers. This facility will leverage decades of SIO expertise in earth science and capitalize on the existing unique recharge capabilities already present in the H-Lab (both equipment like wave channels and pressure test vessels, and the technical experience).
The MakerSpace will have multiple goals:
- Support SIO graduate and undergraduate teaching, mentoring, and self-guided discovery of new technology in a hands-on environment.
- Provide advanced resources for shared use by SIO faculty and staff.
- As part of the UCSD Collaboration of Likeminded Learners And Builders (COLLAB) infrastructure, it will foster educational ties between students and faculty at SIO and the UCSD campus.
Ultimately, the SIO MakerSpace will foster the training of the next generation of earth scientists and engineers across UCSD by supporting individual research, exploratory learning and capstone student projects.