SparQ Studios: The Queen’s Innovation Connector’s Makerspace and Design Studio
SparQ Studios, formerly SparQ Labs, is a Makerspace and Design Studio situated at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and create their ideas. With over 1,000 active makerspaces worldwide, they are becoming a new driver for innovation in both industry and education. As a member of the Queen’s innovation Connector, SparQ Studios aims to drive a new innovative model for hands-on experiential and experimental learning within the University.
SparQ Studios began with 4 students from Queen’s University, two of whom participated in the QICSI program. Recognizing the tremendous synergy between SparQ Studios and QIC’s innovation programming, QIC has supported and partnered with SparQ’s founding students to create Canada’s 1st on-campus makerspace.
SparQ Studios supports start-ups from the QIC Summer Initiative by providing them with the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to develop their next big idea. It also fosters innovation within the university by providing students with the skills and tools needed to make their ideas a reality. We offer an array of workshops from how to program an Arduino to how to make your own 9V battery phone charger. Please click on the link to our web-site to discover upcoming work shops. Some of the tools we are able to provide include: 3D printers, CNC Mills, and electronics assembly equipment.
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