Nebraska Innovation Campus


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Nebraska Innovation Studio, 2014.

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Copyright 2014, Nebraska Innovation Campus. Used by permission.


A new course offered at Nebraska Innovation Studio on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

In spring semester 2014, Shane Farritor, PhD, and Liana Owad, MFA, taught “Making for Innovation” which covered techniques used to bring ideas to reality. This was the first class to meet at Nebraska Innovation Studio – the UNL makerspace – located on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

The course was built on two basic ideas. The first, that building and hands-on problem solving are important paths to innovation. The act of building prototypes and physical models leads to improved creative thinking and is in important path to the conception of new products and designs. Second, much innovation occurs at the boundary between humanities and technology.

This cross-disciplinary hands-on course focused on physical construction with small weekly projects and culminated in the building, testing, and presentation of a significant physical design project.