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Due to the university's preventative measures regarding COVID-19, Spark has remained CLOSED until it relocates into the new Design Innovation Hub this fall. Access to Spark is unavailable during this closure. Spark will reopen in the DI Hub sometime in September as the new SparkLab, a makerspace run by Design Innovation.
Spark Innovation Studio was the first open makerspace resource on the Kent Campus that was intentionally available for all members of the Kent State University community and the City of Kent. Facilitated in partnership with Kent State’s LaunchNET team, Spark Innovation Studio first opened in April of 2016 in the Schwartz Building in what had been the School of Art’s glass blowing studio. In January of 2019, the facility was relocated to Lincoln Street at the Northwest corner of campus.
Spark Innovation Studio was a hands-on, multipurpose makerspace where users met to learn, collaborate, design and create. Spark provided access to innovative equipment, engaging programs and knowledgeable staff. Users were trained on the operation of makerspace equipment, from 3D printing to laser cutting and CNC routing.
The makerspace was a node of the Design Innovation ecosystem at Kent State. Spark worked closely with LaunchNET and the Student Multimedia Studio at Kent State, and was under the direction of University Libraries.
There are many interpretations of what constitutes a makerspace. A general definition is that a makerspace, sometimes referred to as a hackerspace or fablab, is a creative, DIY space where people can gather to create, invent and learn. Makerspaces can exist in many forms and be equipped with a variety of tools and equipment, but the general intent is to be a space that encourages making, collaborating and sharing knowledge.
104 South Lincoln Street
Kent, OH 44240
(between Starbucks and Campus Book & Supply)
Design Innovation Hub
(Between the Center for the Visual Arts and the Honors College)
Manager of Spark Innovation Studio
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