What Goes on in a SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College
What goes on in a SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College?
The possibilities are endless! People use it for:
- Educational sessions
- Make Displays
- Skill building
- Youth programs
- Idea sharing
- Interests clubs
- Group projects
- STEM learning (in a real fun way)
When can I come to work in the SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College and how long can I stay?
The length of time working in the lab will depend on your project. You may want to come in for a day or two to quickly repair an item or do a small project. Or, you can make it your home away from home and purchase a membership. We are open four days a week, with convenient evening and weekend hours.
To schedule a visit or time to use the lab, call (708) 709-3784 or email MakerLab@prairiestate.edu
What types of materials does the SouthWorks MakerLab at Prairie State College offer for projects?
You supply the materials you need. In many cases, if you can’t find what you are looking for at a local hobby shop or hardware store, we can probably order from our vendors or help you find a vendor. In cases where the materials may already be threaded or loaded in the machine, we will charge for the approximate amount used.
What if I don’t know how to use the equipment?
We’ll train you. Everyone who wants to use lab equipment and tools must take a mandatory safety course. For the easier pieces of equipment, a lab assistant can provide hands-on training. For more complicated machines, there will be classes scheduled based on interest. Below are some introductory classes we will be offering in the very near future. As we grow, we intend to add many other classes.
I already know how to use the equipment.
That’s great! You will need to show your certification(s) or demonstrate your knowledge and skill. Then, you’re good to go!
The safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our primary consideration in every activity. The success of this program depends upon the cooperation and support of everyone. In order to use the PSC Maker Lab, everyone must complete and successfully pass this safety module before taking future classes to operate the equipment on their own.