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. SparQ Studios helps students explore their creative side by providing them with access to a wide range of machinery from which they can manufacture many things including a 3D printed USB holder or their very own custom long board. This breadth of facilities offered by SparQ Studios is what allows the makerspace to become an integral part of the creative process that is involved in product development for start-ups as well as a "learning by doing" model of teaching. The studio offers workshops on how to use all of our available machinery and also offers classes in other areas such as professional photography.
SparQ Studios was founded in 2013 by 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 one of Canada’s only on-campus makerspaces.
SparQ Studios supports start-ups from the QIC Summer Initiative (QICSI) by providing them with the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to develop their next big idea. The start-ups operate in the space over the course of the summer to prepare their prototypes and expand their business plan before participating in the final pitch competition in August.
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