IDeATe Collaborative Making Facility
IDeATe operates out of a collaborative making facility in Hunt Library. It includes a digital fabrication shop, a physical computing lab, an interactive media black box, traditional fabrication facilities, and collaborative classrooms.
The facility supports students and faculty working together across disciplines in maker experiences that combine arts and technology. These types of collaborative, learning-through-making experiences are a key part of the residential experience at Carnegie Mellon, where experts from diverse areas with curious, open minds meet to develop the next great ideas. Students involved in such experiences have the opportunity to expand their collaborate innovation skills and cognitive versatility. Through these experiences students are also prepared to address the growing demand for collaborative professionals in the creative industries, such as social media, game design and responsive environments. The placement of the facility in the Hunt library aims to signify the evolution of the library into a mediated learning commons, where students can evolve diverse media literacy and their ability to learn and communicate through new media.
The facility is open throughout the day to allow for making and learning to happen any time the inspiration strikes. The classrooms are accessible to all students. The maker labs are accessible to all students who complete introductory courses that provide the necessary training for using the equipment.