One of the new additions on campus that not everyone might be aware of is the new Maker Lab in the newly renovated Mechanical Engineering Lab. It is in the building next door to the Glaske Center (former location of the Student Life offices).
That 7,000-square-foot building was gutted over the summer and renovated. It is the new, and much larger, home for the university's wind tunnel.
The new ME lab building is also the home of our brand new Maker Lab, where our first-year engineering students have room to begin building their 3D printers that they will use throughout their college classes.
But the new Maker Lab is not only benefiting our engineering students. Engineering professor Dr. Jesse French and his students are reaching out to the community using this new lab space, as well, and making an impact on young lives.
Jesse and his students recently held a "Maker Lab for Kids" where LETU seniors use their vocational skills and their big hearts to interact with kids from the community who might otherwise never get this opportunity. Jesse said one of the girls held up a hammer and told him she had always seen them, but never thought she'd get to use one.
These couple of hours and effort can have a great impact on the lives of these children, and could ignite an interest in engineering or technology that they might not have otherwise considered.
This kind of innovative outreach shows our community that we care and gives us the opportunity to share Christ's loves to others.