The aim of the Makerspace

The physical ‘hub’ for Curtin Makers (the community of makers within, or connected to, the Curtin community) is the Curtin Library Makerspace.

The Makerspace provides a learning environment equipped with a range of tools and materials, to encourage learning, exploration, innovation and play by facilitating participatory, self-directed, hands-on making activities.

It provides a creative space where Curtin students and staff can meet to learn new skills and share knowledge and experience.   It supports groups and individuals to develop their own maker projects, as well as coordinates workshops, drop in sessions, collaborative projects and events.

The Curtin Library Makerspace aims to be a significant contributor to the development of a maker culture within the university by encouraging cross-disciplinary sharing of ideas and experience and enabling the development of innovative projects that contribute to both the teaching and research work of the university.   It aims to monitor the research in and development of Makerspaces around the world and share this intelligence with the University.

It also seeks to engage with the wider community to build relationships and collaborative partnerships with the purpose of  encouraging learning through making.  In so doing it strengthens its reputation, and that of Curtin University, as a driver of innovation.

Where is it?

Located in the lounge area on the entrance level of Curtin Library, in Room 259A, the Makerspace aims to provide a central space for cross-disciplinary interaction, inquiry, learning, collaboration, outreach and research.  In the room we have a small amount of tools and equipment as well as seating for around 8 people – we hope to grow both the available resources and the space in the near future.

The Makerspace also extends to part of the open area of the Library lounge, where any visitors to the library can play board games, do puzzles, as well as papercraft, origami, beading, knitting and crocheting.

Equipment, tools and materials

See our list of equipment and materials (and our wishlist!)

Using the Makerspace

The Makerspace is not bookable, and use of the space and equipment is currently by arrangement.  We hope to have the makerspace open at set times,  and drop-in sessions arranged in the near future.

Join the Curtin maker community

We are creating an email list and a register of interested people to discover areas of interest, skills, experience and expertise in maker activities.  If you would like to use the space for some making activity, or have ideas or enthusiasm for maker projects or activities, then please contact us.

Marie Clarke: m.clarke@curtin.edu.au phone: +61 8 9266 2249
Karen Miller: karen.miller@curtin.edu.au phone: +61 8 9266 2894
Matt Robinson: matt.robinson@curtin.edu.au phone: +61 8 9266 4295