On October 13, with the completion of Lee Shau Kee Science and Technology Building in Tsinghua University, i.Center was among the first move-in, while its activity room hosted one of the first student activities in the new building. The new site of i.Center is in the northwest of the 9-storey Science and Technology Building of 16,500 square meters. It is reported that it is by far the world's largest campus Makerspace.
i.Center greatly expanded the platform area of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The Makerspace, the studio of innovation and entrepreneurship and the studio of design and products are open to all students. The change of physical space reflects the change in teaching mode. Providing students with more self-learning places and facilities not only showcases the Maker spirit, but is also in line with the concepts of OBE (outcome-based education) and constructive learning that is promoted by Tsinghua University. After the i.Center is put into use, it is to be supported and pioneered by the digital manufacturing workshops, creative researches, open studios, interdisciplinary research rooms and multi-function halls to form a comprehensive entrepreneurship education and engineering training base.
i.Center’s new site has also attracted the attention of international Makers. Zimmer Barnes, the resident mentor of this semester thinks highly of the new site: "it looks so great!", "I'm excited!". Mr Zimmer is a cross-border Maker who has both science and public welfare backgrounds. He also played himself in the Emmy nominated documentary Superheroes.
Mr Zimmer is very interested in Makers in China, especially college student Makers and is very willing to cooperate with student teams. Zimmer hopes that i.Center will carry out more exchange so as to create more interesting and exciting Makers’ programs
In recent years, i.Center is committed to creating a platform of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity, following the unique educational philosophy of Tsinghua University. Activities inside and outside classrooms have been carried out based on the connotation of "i" which means industry, interdisciplinary, innovation, international and a capital “I” for students. The excellent facilities provide a designing environment that is far beyond the conditions of general makerspaces. The cutting-edge digital processing, 3D printing, laser processing and other digital and industrial-level manufacturing equipment allow students to get access to the advanced manufacturing techniques, laying the solid foundation for their future development.
B466, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China