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BatLab Makerspace: Austin Area Maker Initiatives

The new ACC Library BatLab is a pop-up makerspace for all ACC students, faculty and staff.

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This content was assembled using web-based content in November 2019. Content, events and costs will be updated as possible but - obviously -  is subject to change. Users should check to make sure locations are still operating and hours and costs are the same prior to using, visiting, attending.

Austin Community College

Area of Austin/Central Texas Website Location of initiative/address Parameters (usage, age, level focus, etc.) Membership? Cost? Public Welcome? Comments (unusual features, creative & crafts or STEM) Contact Info
Central/HLC at this time/soon to be RGC ACC BatLab
  • Varies per meet up/at ACC Campuses.
  • Students enrolled in courses at one campus can attend a maker event anywhere using their valid, current ACC ID.
  • Only current ACC students, faculty and staff
  • ACC students who identify as Early College Highschool, Dual Credit students and Early College students should bring their ACC, valid, current ID and are encouraged to attend events!

Attendance and use of resources for current ACC students, faculty and staff (valid ACC ID required/sign in for class/program credit!)

  • Currently, a pop-up site for events for current, valid ACC students, faculty and staff/no guests or families at any of the 11 ACC libraries and campus settings.
  • Checkout kits* are for current ACC students, faculty and staff (no ILL availability) and no Loan Star Card (TexShare) users. All checkouts require a valid, current ACC ID.

*Current kits for ACC current users are located at the Highland Mall Library location only.

  • ACC faculty, staff and administration should consider sending students to events and are encouraged to contact Professor Irena Klaic (irena.klaic@austincc.edu) to identify curriculum-specific events and advertising credit opportunities for students.
  • A number of ACC classroom faculty are working in partnership with us to offer extra credit for maker activities when those activities Student Learning Outcomes match their classroom outcomes.

Other Austin Area Makerspaces

Area of Austin/Central Texas Website Location of initiative/address Parameters (usage, age, level focus, etc.) Membership? Cost? Public Welcome? Comments (unusual features, creative & crafts or STEM) Contact Info
Northeast Austin

ATX Hackerspace

For 

ATX Members (how to join)
9701 Dessau Rd, Building 3, Suite 304, Austin, TX 78754 All ages
  • A collaborative art, craft, and fabrication space for children, parents, students, and professionals
  • Offers 3D-printers, laser cutters, fully equipped wood, craft, metal, and electronics workshops, an auto bay, bio lab, and rentable classroom/meetup space
atxhs-members@googlegroups.com
Northeast Austin Thinkery 1830 Simond Ave Austin, TX 78723 All ages with primary focus in newborns through eleven years old
  • Visitors $14 (free for children 0-23 months)
  • Day camps, workshops, parent’s night out, think labs, tinkering take homes
  • A place where Austin’s children and their families come to enjoy play-based, inquiry-rich, and hands-on learning experiences.
  • STEM-driven play
Northeast Austin UT MakerSpace/The Foundry 2306 Trinity St. Austin, TX 78712
  • Adults only
  • Only current UT students, faculty, and staff
N/A                                    Provides access to devices and tools such a laser cutter, 3D printers, VR headsets, sewing machines, mills, cameras and other video and audio equipment. 512-495-4481
All over Austin Austin Public Library Programs and events throughout the system at branch libraries.
  • Appears to be primarily artists work and some arts and crafts for families.
  • An event that is advertised as a crafting event, is available to the public and interested community members should visit to see if the program meets their maker needs..
Interested community members should search “maker” and “makerspace” (making sure to check the search box to search the entire APL website, rather than just the book/materials catalog.) Note: One branch identifies a current maker/craft activities as “Unicorn University.” With no guarantees, it looks like APL schedules at least two to three events or STEM or STEAM or crafting and related events per month - all of which are open and free to the public.
  • No one person is identified on the Austin Public Library website as a maker person per se.
  • Interested users might email, or call a branch or attend a scheduled event and ask APL staff who might be a primary contact if a specific question needed answers.

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Irena Klaic
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ACC Riverside Campus
(512) 223-6333

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