Florida International University (FIU) and MakerBot have teamed up to open the new CARTA Innovation Lab at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.
The Innovation Lab incorporates a MakerBot Innovation Center with a large-scale 3D printing installation. FIU is the first university in the United States to house a MakerBot Innovation Center in a college focused on design and the arts where students, faculty, and local entrepreneurs will work on creative projects and explore the intersection of art and technology.
“This new creative space will prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow by exploring the intersection of arts, design, and technology,” said Brian Schriner, dean of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts. “The CARTA Innovation Lab is a major milestone that will help establish FIU as a national destination for innovative teaching, research, entrepreneurism, and creativity.”
The grand opening festivities will take place on September 29th, with speeches fro FIU President Mark Rosenberg and MakerBot CEO Jonathan Jaglom.
The CARTA Innovation Lab features an open layout to encourage collaboration and will be made available to the community. It will bring together students from various disciplines with local entrepreneurs and artists to work on creative projects, develop new products, and conduct research. The lab will support a range of activities, from dual-enrollment programs for local high-school students to for-credit classes for FIU students and start-up programs for recent graduates.