Posts on April 2018

Chemistry with the Design Lab

A light-blue 3D-printed thruster shroud

As the year comes to an end, I thank the Design Lab for developing both my hard and soft skills. I experienced the wonders of multidisciplinary collaboration, and just how much people love to share their interests with others. I believe the best way to learn is through simply speaking with others. In doing so, I was quickly able to learn their interests, and hey, some of them also became mine before I knew it!

Full Circle

My first year at the Shapiro Design Lab is ending at this moment, as I sit in the Lab writing this blog post during my last Open Workshop shift. I have worked on many projects, consulted a few university course teams, and attended many campus-wide workshops. Through them all, I have gained a wonderfully positive view on the Lab and its ability to bring so much knowledge to one time and place.

Collaboration as Learning

Small green 3D-printed rooster

While working at the Design Lab, I gained a real appreciation for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects. I helped to create a variety of things that I normally wouldn’t have the skills or ability to create, and I learned a lot from others by working alongside them. Exploring 3D modelling was a really fascinating experience to me, and getting to see a physical manifestation of my explorations was incredible and really highlighted the real-world impact 3D designing could have.

Gaming for Good - Developing a Video Game to Combat Deforestation

Screenshot from "10 Degrees" Videogame

Working at the Design Lab has allowed me to do “something new” on at least 3 different levels: (1) Learning how to do new skills; (2)Working as a “librarian” assistant; and (3) Cutting edge technology and topics. I never would have guessed I would be working in a library. Working as a resident of the library has opened my eyes to how much I share in common with librarians who like myself want to encourage the dissemination of information as well as culture, science, and truthful exploration of...

Citizen Science, Crowdsourcing, and the Zooniverse Project

Image of Zooniverse crowdsourcing platform

Working at the Shapiro Design Lab was a valuable and unforgettable experience. I was able to explore different types of interesting projects related to both data science and our library community. It gave me an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you learned in the classroom to a real-world situation and to collaborate with other student developers. Mainly I participated in the AwesomeBox, an interface that shows recommended books by peers, Measure The Future, a sensor that collects...

Book Displays for April

Earth display

We are currently featuring two new book displays in the lobby on the second floor of the Duderstadt Center. The first one is a comics display that features Marvel characters from the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie coming out in the next few days. The other display highlights books in the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library collection that feature the element of Earth, in recognition of Earth Month this month.

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