Colab is an alternative study and working space located on the third floor of Alden Library. Our space includes our makerspace, a 3D printing lab, and reservable conference/ study rooms.
Our makerspace includes woodworking tools, sewing machines, Cricut smart cutting machines, an embroidery machine, and other craft supplies.
The 3D printer lab includes multiple Creality 3D printers and PLA filament provided.
CoLab’s mission is to enable and empower students to live and grow through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Through this, we hope to achieve a more connected and innovation-focused community that creates with the goal of changing the world around us. As part of a planning grant awarded to CoLab (then called C-Suite) early on, the team was able to visit universities with top innovation programs across the nation to see how they functioned. During these visits, the team paid attention to what worked well, and potentially more importantly, what didn’t work. Thanks to this research, CoLab has applied the best and most successful practices to our own campus, further strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Ohio University.
CoLab is a central hub that unites students from all backgrounds and embeds innovation and entrepreneurship into their lives. By facilitating cross-disciplinary collisions and serving as OU’s “one-stop shop” for access to anything and everything creative, innovative, or entrepreneurial, CoLab enables and empowers students to make their own aspirations tangible.