Maker & Media Commons
The Maker & Media Commons is a collection of creative spaces where students, faculty, staff and community users can explore new ideas and design concepts or experiment with immersive tools and technologies. Our team is here to assist you in creating, exploring and collaborating, whether you are designing projects for research, assignments or classroom instruction.
Students, faculty and staff at Mount Royal are using the Maker & Media Commons to complete exciting research and creative projects. Explore opportunities for collaboration including assignment/project development, lectures, customized workshops and software instruction.
Faculty & Community
Develop projects and assignments with Maker & Media Commons experts to meet creative learning outcomes.
Workshops and Lectures
Build creative teaching and learning opportunities in the Maker Studio, VR Lab or your own post secondary classroom.
Access software guides and tutorials for Maker and Media Commons tools and technologies.
Orientations in the Maker Studio
- Orientation to the Maker Studio
- 3D Printing Orientation in the Maker Studio
- Cutting Tools Orientation in the Maker Studio
- Sewing/ Embroidery Machine Orientation in the Maker Studio
- Electronics and Robotics Orientation in the Maker Studio
Software Workshops in the Maker Studio
- Illustrator for the Maker Studio Tools
- 3D Modelling in Tinkercad with the Maker Studio Staff
- Vinyl cutting with the Silhouette Cameo
- Using Easel software for CNC carving projects
- Setting up a 3D Print
- Z Brush Workshop
Electronics and Robotics Programming
- Makey Makey Workshop
- Prototyping Electronics Using Breadboarding
- Beginner Programming with Scratch
- Introduction to Arduino
- Learn a Programming Language: Python
- Robotics with Lego Mindstorms
- Moving an Object with Arduino
- Paper Circuits
- Simple Coding with Little Bits
- Understanding Electricity and Simple Code using Little Bits
- Wearable Electronics using AdaFruit
Design and Creativity Workshops
- Logo Design using Adobe Illustrator
- Concept Development
- Design Thinking
- Human Centred Design
Tool Specific Workshops
- 3D Scanning Tools
- Making Affirmations with Button Making Tools
- Repair Café in the Maker Studio
- Tote Making in the Maker Studio
- See the Calendar for these one time events
- Hand Embroidery 101 in the Maker Studio with Milena Radzikowska in collaboration with Information Design
- Button Making Affirmations
With countless tools and resources, including 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, robotics technology and creative software, the Maker Studio can help you explore new design ideas and concepts to take your projects from simple to stand out.
Home to an extensive array of immersive technologies, the VR Lab serves as a research and testing ground for faculty and students interested in exploring the educational potential of VR, XR and 360° cameras in the classroom and beyond.
Audio Production Rooms
Record high quality podcasts and voice-over to enhance your creative projects in the Library’s Audio Production Rooms. Access sound booths and audiovisual editing software for interviews, discussions, and more.
*Access to the MRU Library Maker Studio is prioritised for current MRU Faculty, Students and Staff for the purpose of curricular (course-based), co-curricular and research activities. Drop-in hours may be adjusted without notice, and individuals may be asked to limit time with a particular technology, in order to ensure availability of resources to support MRU classes, coursework and research activities.
Children under 16 are not permitted to drop into the Studio. This includes the children or dependents of MRU employees or students.
From time to time, we work with local schools and groups on teaching and learning initiatives; please contact us if you wish to explore this option. It is strongly recommended that visitors who are not current MRU students, faculty or staff contact us in advance of their visit to confirm availability.
Please note that access by external (non-MRU) users is limited to one day per month on Community Access Day, which will be the first Friday of each month, and visits can be booked in advance here. During Community Access Day, the Maker Studio is still open to MRU students, faculty, and staff. Booking a visit on Community Access Day does not guarantee use of a particular tool or technology. Student learning and research is our priority and external community visitors may be asked to rebook their visit if needed so that we can support the MRU community (students and faculty) in their learning, teaching, and/or research.
Maker Studio: 403-440-7051