By Emily Salvatori, Contributing Writer
In need of some materials for end-of-the-semester projects? The Center of Arts and Education in the west wing of Main Hall is a resource center open to anyone on campus, and it has everything from scissors to kits to make robots.
The center offers a variety of technology, machines, tools, textiles, and materials. Everything from sequins and poster board to laminating machines, sewing machines and hand tools are offered there. If you need it, the Center of Arts and Education probably has it.
Students are able to go the center to get materials for class projects, to relax or just to check the place out.
“You don’t have to come in with a specific purpose that’s tied to a class,” said Lou Karas, director of the Center for Arts and Education. “Students are welcome to come in and use our resources any time.”
The newest addition to the Center of Arts and Education is called “Google Cardboard.” It is quite simply a tiny cardboard box, but if you download an app onto your phone and put your phone into the cardboard viewfinder, it becomes virtual reality. One virtual reality film follows a Syrian girl through a refugee camp. With this tool, you can step into the Center of Arts and Education, but end up walking the streets of Paris without leaving campus.
“We have in the center a very interesting mix of high tech low tech, and you’re able to come in as a student if you have a project to do for class to get the materials that you need, or get help if you’d like to learn how to use some of the equipment or technology.” In the center you can make anything from a poster to a robot, sit at a desk or experience virtual reality.
The Center for Arts in Education is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Photo credit: Lou Karas, Emily Salvatori, Daniel Morgan