Sonoma State University students are quietly becoming inventors, bringing to life their ideas using 3-D printers, computer-controlled mills and laser cutters.
The 2,000-square-foot room once used for media storage now serves as a so-called makerspace. The Rohnert Park campus officially opened the space to students, faculty and staff, although a class has been using it for about a month.
Located on the second floor of the library, the facility aims at inspiring creativity and innovation, giving the campus community free access to the various high-tech equipment. It’s the latest makerspace to be unveiled in Sonoma County, where the learn-through-making philosophy continues to spread.
It’s also one of five makerspaces on CSU campuses, campus officials said.
Physics and astronomy professor Jeremy Qualls spearheaded the project, helping secure a $585,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch the makerspace this fall and a new general education class called Dream, Make and Innovate.