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IDEAWORKS

The IDEAWORKS Innovation Suite at Washington College empowers you to discover, create, collaborate, and innovate.

Located in the lower level of Miller Library, our suite has three unique spaces.

The Multimedia Production Center has dedicated workstations with the latest cutting edge industry software. Our specialized hardware and loaner pool of DSLRs, camcorders, and more are free to use for class assignments or personal projects alike.

Our Makerspace extends your design and creative expression from the digital to the physical world with tools like our 3D printers, a laser cutter, and electronics prototyping equipment. 

The Studio combines a voice recording workstation with our custom One Button Studio kiosk, giving you the ability to record studio quality audio and video for your class assignments, presentation practice, or even your own YouTube channel.

You’ll see the IDEAWORKS staff in some of your classes. It could be a single in-class session, multiple sessions including time in the Innovation Suite, and even one-on-one sessions with individuals and small groups to give you the personalized instruction and support you need to be successful. We also support students who want to explore independent academic research or enhance their Senior Capstone Experience.

Open to students of all majors, IDEAWORKS also leads a wide variety of workshops such as 3D design and printing, Astrophotography, Electronics prototyping, Sculpture for Humans, Designing and Building BattleBots, and even Underwater Photography, to name a few. You’re sure to find engaging experiences and skills that translate to your academic and professional careers.

IDEAWORKS is also home to some student clubs, like the Photography Club and the Makers Union. These student driven clubs produce some amazing projects, such as a recent studio lighting workshop collaboration between the Photography Club and the Men’s Basketball team. The Makers Union designs and builds sophisticated solar/electric boats to race in the annual Wye River Electric Boat Marathon (where our students are proud to have won first place in their category this past year.)

In addition to our full time staff, IDEAWORKS employs a team of student consultants to help you with things like troubleshooting a software problem, lending you camera gear, or advising various approaches to tackle your complex projects. If you are interested in hearing about our upcoming workshops and opportunities, joining one of the clubs, or becoming a student consultant in this rich and engaging environment, please use the links at the top-right of this page

Click below to learn more about each space.