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Hello and Welcome to the Innovation Lab Makerspace!

Welcome to the Francis Wood, S.J. Nick Arvanitidis, Ph.D. Innovation Lab.  This is one of several makerspaces on campus, including the Billodue makerspace. The Innovation Lab Makerspace is operated by Seattle University's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. We are located in room 223 in the Bannan Center for Science and Engineering (Bannan Center). 

 Come and participate in a variety of maker-related activities including electronic do-it-yourself soldering kits, Raspberry Pi & Arduino hardware tinkering, coding, robotics kits galore, 3D printing, laser cutting and engraving, vinyl cutting, PC building and upgrades. Ongoing workshops including soldering, crypto currency mining, 3D printing, and a variety of hobby, robotics building, and arts and crafts.  

Play Area

Take a deep breath, hold it, now relax and enter the makerspace for a bit of electrified play. Consider this makerspace your playground area.
Set aside the homework and relax for a time while building something of interest to you. What you build does not have to be electric or computer related! Make customized printed t-shirts, jewelry, gifts, snow cone machine, ...we will leave it up to your imagination. And if it is electrified, we are packed with toys to tinker with. This is also a place where you can self-develop your engineering knowhow and entrepreneurship, please read on.   

What Hiring Managers Look For

Firsthand experience is highly desired as a means to discovering talent with deep knowledge and skills. When reviewing applications, hiring managers consider which candidates have the hands-on experience necessary to hit the ground running, or the least amount of training to successfully fulfill the position. Elon Musk holds his conviction that skills matter more than degrees. There is a major difference between memorizing and parroting information and actually understanding how something works. To overcome this challenge, our electrical and computer engineering coursework and the university Project Center puts students to the test with highly relevant hands-on project exercises.  

Learn by Making

    We believe that learning is best practiced by first hand real-life experience. Experience is a form of education and in many ways, it's the best education. Our makerspace is a place for students to come together, find common interests, be creative, explore, and learn. We offer you an opportunity to be creative and innovative with your hands while developing and working on projects of your choosing. 

Nikola Tesla wanted to create a way to supply power to houses without stringing wires. He almost accomplished his goal when his experiment led him to creation of the Tesla coil. It was the first system that could wirelessly transmit electricity. In the picture below, the light bulb lights up when placed near the Tesla coil, yet the bulb is still in its shipping package! Link to Tesla Coil Soldering Kit

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 Hours and Events

Hours and events are posted outside the Innovation Lab, located in the Bannan Center room 223

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Activities

Field Trip to Electronics Manufacturing Plant

Students tour of the Printed Circuit Assembly Corporation electronics manufacturing facility. Firsthand view and specialized training in product manufacturing, machinery in use, rework demo, and quoting process. Here, students view the demonstration of replacing a Power Managment Intergrated Chip (PMIC) on a Raspberry Pi board. 
computer engineering electronics manufacturing facility tour

The Innovation Lab Makerspace includes advance soldering and rework tools. Lab assistants are available to assist you in your board manufacturing and assembly. 

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Soldering Workshop

City of Seattle Youth Employment Program interns and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department come together to facilitate a campus makerspace and soldering workshop. 

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Innovation Lab Website 7/1/2022 Archive