Welcome to the Idea Lab

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Make. Create. Innovate.

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Have an idea? Bring it to life at the Idea Lab, a collection of media production studios, fabrication tools and digital resources for current students, faculty and staff.

Create a prototype, record a podcast, stage a photoshoot, produce a video, design marketing materials — your imagination is the limit!

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Book a space

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Idea Lab spaces feature specialized tools and equipment to turn your creative vision into reality, including:

  • 3D printers
  • Laser and vinyl cutters
  • Sewing and embroidery machines
  • Heat presses
  • Audio recording studios
  • Video and photography studios

You can book spaces during our opening hours. Priority will be given to students working on assignments.

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Borrow equipment

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Come to the Lakeshore Idea Lab to borrow camera kits, audio recorder kits, tripods, and other accessories. Our equipment is available to students and employees from all areas of the college.

Borrow at Lakeshore

Our borrowing policy for Idea Lab equipment is found below.

ItemLoan periodItem limitOverdue finesRenewalsHolds
Idea Lab equipment1 day1 per category$10 per dayNoYes

Media students have access to additional equipment:

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Discover online resources

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Browse a list of resources and tutorials to guide you through our fabrication tools and help you create digital media such as podcasts, videos and infographics.

3D Printing

Learn the fundamentals of 3D printing.

Podcasts & Audio Recording

Record, edit, and upload your own podcast.


Convey complex information in a visual manner.


Script, film, and edit engaging videos.

Laser Cutting & Engraving

Cut, score, and engrave with the Glowforge Pro.

Vinyl Cutting

Cut and create with the Cricut Maker and Roland.

Simple Websites

Plan, design, and publish your own website.


Present with storytelling, slides, and posters.

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Get help with assignments

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Need technical guidance or troubleshooting with a digital media assignment? Or maybe you just want an expert nearby while you work? The Idea Lab team is here to help.

Find an open lab session in the calendar.

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Learn new skills

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Our workshops will teach you how to shoot a video, build a simple website, use a 3D printer and more. We also host open lab sessions where you can work on projects with the Idea Lab team nearby for guidance.

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The Idea Lab in the classroom

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Are you a faculty member interested in exploring digital assignments for your students? The Idea Lab team can help.

Contact Innovative Learning for support on assignment design.

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