Do you tinker, build, make, create, invent or innovate? The creative technology major is an interdisciplinary program that combines studies in technology, design thinking, computer sciences, and business. It uses hands-on technology projects as the means for developing student creativity, analytical and problem solving skills, mathematical and scientific reasoning, collaborative abilities, aesthetic sensibilities, computing, programming skills, project management skills and strategic insights.
The program of study will utilize both digital and traditional technologies including the following:
- 3-D printing
- 3-D scanning
- Laser cutting
- Computer aided design (CAD)
- Small scale CNC machining
- Programmable logic controllers
- Industrial robotics
- Fiberglass fabrication
Definitely not Vo-Tech
The Creative Technologies major is not a series of shop classes or preparation for a trade. None of the technologies listed is an end in itself. All are used to facilitate understanding human usage of objects in the world as it is, thinking about what could be, and solving the hard problems that change what could be into what is.
Making a Difference Through Design
The Creative Technologies major makes it possible for students to engage in projects of personal interest including those that could be commercially viable or address unmet societal needs. Successful students will need to have personal passions, goals, interest, and ideas to motivate their projects. A propensity for whimsy, playfulness and bling is a plus. However, make no mistake, the projects are hard work and time consuming.
BERRY COLLEGE’S MAKERSPACE
Where does all this happen? The designing, inventing, building, problem solving all occur in a special lab that is also known as a “makerspace.” On campus, the physical computing lab is located at 128 McAllister Hall. It’s a wonderful place to work, but it’s not very big
<1000 sq ft). To provide enough room for the program, Berry is partnering with 7Hills Makerspace (www.7hillsmake.org) located in downtown Rome ( > 2400 square feet). The Berry College makerspace, which is the combination of these two facilities, is called HackBerry Lab (
www.hackberrylab.com). Follow our work on twitter