The Swarthmore Innovation Collaborative takes inspiration from other cool, creative and innovative programs and spaces offered in other communities.  Below are a few examples:

Building Local Connections

Chester Made and Chester High School

Haverford’s VCAM

NextFab Philly


Ideas for Projects and Space:

Shackthon @ NC State benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Shack-A-Thon is a week-long event in the Brickyard where Habitat NCSU, along with many other student organizations, builds wooden shacks which they must occupy 24 hours a day for 5 days. Each of the 20+ shacks across the Brickyard must be manned by at least two students at all times. Over the course of the week students fundraise to add to their total donations previously gathered competing for the largest amount of money donated. Last year the more than $50,000 that was raised was all donated to Habitat for Humanity to help build our 11 homes with Build-A-Block.

Site Visits:

Academic institutions across the country, many similar to Swarthmore, are developing non-disciplinary spaces that bring people together through inspiration and creation. Visiting or researching these many spaces and programs will help inform work at Swarthmore.

UC Boulder – IdeaForge

Duke University

North Carolina State University

Carleton College Machine Shops



Wheaton College: WHALE

Black Mountain College

Haverford VCAM

Davidson College: Campus Maker and Innovation Space (Studio M)

Havard University: Wyss Institute Bioinspired Robotics

Smith College: Center for Design and Fabrication

RISD: Edna Lawrence Nature Lab

University of Mary Washington: MakerSpace

UW-Madison: Morgridge Rapid Protyping Center

University of Southern California: Undergraduate Fabrication Lab

Harvard University Innovation Lab

Duke University: Innovation Co-lab

UPenn Design Lab

MIT: Fablab

MIT Architecture (Video)

University of Florida: Innovation Academy

Lehigh University: Additive Lab

Wisconsin University: Garage

College of William and Mary: Small Hall Makerspace

University of Toronto: Critical Making