What’s a makerspace?

3D printer

Have you heard of makerspaces?

Makerspaces are do-it-yourself community spaces where people can explore their creativity, collaborate, share knowledge and resources, and work on projects to develop ideas and ‘make stuff’. And we swear, they’re even more exciting than they sound!

Now, have you heard of The Edge?

Conceived as a model for the library of the future, The Edge is at the forefront of re-imagining libraries for the 21st century.

With a mandate to empower Queenslanders to explore creativity across art, science, technology, and enterprise, The Edge is a visionary space for ‘creating creatives’; a melting pot of ideas, capacity-building, experimentation and innovation.

It’s also located smack-bang in the middle of Brisbane’s CBD #convenient.

You guessed it – The Edge has a makerspace! Which is open to the public, for free.

The space is fit for all types of projects, assignments, prototypes, experiments, business ideas and any creation that needs space and/or access to professional equipment.

Along with the equipment and space, The Edge also also offers great minds! Whether it’s chatting to the experienced Lab staff to obtain a cleaner etch on the laser cutter, or troubleshooting a poor cast from a 3D printed model – they have great minds and like to share what they know.

Users have made some pretty cool things, such as dog tags and mega fauna.

So why not go along and check out the space, which includes a laser cutter, 3D printers (there are many and in different formats), sewing machines and overlockers, soldering stations, a tool shop and general work benches. You can find the opening times here.

Sounds fun, right?!


Fact or fabrication: how well do you know Griffith Uni?

Olympic gold medalist Steven Bradbury

How well do you really know Griffith University? 

The Griffith Archive have given us 10 statements about our uni – some are true, others are false. Reckon you can guess them all correctly? Give it a shot and let us know how you go!

1. Griffith University was the second university to open in Queensland.
2. The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) was established by Griffith University in 1975.
3. The University’s namesake, Sir Samuel Griffith, was born in England before migrating to Australia.
4. Ms Leneen Forde, our former Griffith University Chancellor, was the first woman to be appointed Chancellor of an Australian University.
5. Sir Samuel Griffith was a founding father of a Federated Australia and the chief author of Australia’s constitution.
6. Sir Johannes “Joh” Bjelke-Petersen (former Queensland Premier) was appointed Griffith University’s first Vice Chancellor in 1973.
7. Griffith University’s Interim Council (later Griffith Council) began in 1971 with no women on the committee.
8. Former Australian winter Olympics and world champion speed skater Steven Bradbury was once a student of Griffith University.
9. Griffith University was originally a campus of the University of Queensland.
10. Former Griffith University Vice Chancellor Professor John Willett was a decorated navy pilot during the Second World War and played a part in the bombing and subsequent sinking of the famous German battleship, Bismarck.

Answers:
1. False 2. True 3. False 4. False 5. True 6. False 7. False 8. True 9. False 10. True 

For more interesting information on Griffith University and its history, check out the Griffith Archive website.


Degree Planner app wins first prize at the Hack-a-thon

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was an app to help you plan your university degree?

Well, Griffith University students Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie thought so too.

So during the 30-hour Hack-a-thon at the Gold Coast campus library last month, they created an app that provided students with an easier way to plan their degree.

They took the program and courses information in the Degree Planner and presented it in a more interactive format.

Instead of clicking through each course to see the details, you can simply hover over the course to see the course information.

Their app also allows you to share your plan with fellow students. Because let’s face it – it’s super important that you and your BFFs do the same courses, in the same Trimesters so you can all finish Uni together.

Our Hack-a-thon judges were so impressed with the app, they awarded the guys first prize – which was a whopping $2000.

Are you curious to see what a group of talented Griffith Uni students can achieve in 30-hours with nothing but a laptop, open access API’s, pizza, and Red Bull?

Of course, you are. We all like to know what genius looks like, right? That’s why we made a video in collaboration with Damien, Joaquin and Joshua to showcase their app.

Check it out!


Kick start your study success by attending an earlybird workshop

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 2, 2017, we are offering the following earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university
Get an overview of university culture and expectations, and learn some helpful strategies for managing your time and studying effectively. Beginning the trimester with a head start on study and time management will make a world of difference, we promise!

Writing university assignments
Does your assignment writing process involve opening a new word document, and staring at an empty page for 30 minutes trying to come up with an opening sentence? Don’t let assignments get the better of you! This workshop will cover the basics of getting started on structuring and writing assignments, and will help prepare you to smash the next assignment you get!

Researching and Referencing for your assignments
Being able to research and reference is a kinda crucial part of uni. If this seems daunting, come along to this workshop. You’ll gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Check out the times, dates, and locations, come along to a workshop, and start trimester two prepared for success!


Tearing off labels and hearing stories at our Human Library

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Nathan campus library hosted our very first Human Library event on Wednesday 24 May 2017. We hoped to provide a space to enable social and cultural connection between people, while recognising our differences.

We recognise that no ‘book’ ever has a single story, and our identities are complex. We do not want to ‘interpret’ our books: we want our ‘human books’ to ‘speak for themselves’, and to tell their own stories.

Staff and students came to borrow a ‘human book’ and went away feeling empowered through conversation, with the desire to continue to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

One of our books said: ‘I got to meet interesting people who also had interesting stories. I got to dispel a few myths and provide a few insights. My favourite part was interacting with my Readers – their questions were genuine, honest and engaging’.

Our Human Library event is over for this trimester, but we want you to continue to share your stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

Check out some of our book’s stories on Instagram


National Reconciliation Week Events

National Reconciliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week (NRW). NRW runs from 27 May to 3 June, and celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.  

The dates that bookend the week are significant to Indigenous people, and milestones in the reconciliation journey.

27 May marks the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum, which saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples granted the same rights as other Australians under the Australian Constitution, including the ability to vote, own property, and receive the same pay.

3 June marks 25 years since the historic Mabo decision, a specific law case in which the High Court of Australia recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander native title rights to their land.

In acknowledgement of NRW, the GUMURRII Student Support Unit has organised Walk and Talk events at Nathan / Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses, which bring together staff and students, Indigenous and non-indigenous, for a walk followed by light refreshments in a spirit of reconciliation.

Mt Gravatt / Nathan

  • When: 10am Tuesday 30 May
  • Where: Meet in front of M23 Undercroft, Mt Gravatt campus and walk to Nathan campus
  • RSVP: here

Gold Coast

  • When: 10am Thursday 1 June
  • Where: Meet in front of G52 International Building, Gold Coast campus
  • RSVP: here

The Griffith Film School is also hosting a screening of the documentary The Fair Go, which tells the story of the 10 year campaign for constitutional change waged by the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

  • When: 3 – 4pm Friday 26 May
  • Where: S08 Griffith Film School Cinema, South Bank Campus
  • RSVP: here

Check out the Logan Eco Action Festival this Sunday

It’s the last day of teaching for this trimester! Surely you must be excited, right?

So, are you doing anything fun to celebrate, before you dive into study week and exams?

Why not go to a free festival at Griffith’s own Logan campus! The Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) is being held this Sunday. LEAF is a free community festival for all ages.

The event includes loads of free activities such as eco-workshops, kids rides and face painting, plant sale, yoga, upcycling, musical line-ups, eco exhibitors and delicious food trucks.

It’s even got Australia’s very own famous Blues and Roots musician Ash Grunwald hitting the main stage at 2pm. Chill out on the lawn with some sweet food and enjoy the laid back tunes.

Or if gardening (or beards, any hipsters here?) is more your thing, see Costa Georgiadis from ABC’s Gardening Australia on the main stage at 12pm.  

Relax, have a good time, and prepare yourself for the study and exams to come!

  • Where: Griffith University, Logan Campus
  • When: Sunday 28 May 2017
  • Time: 10am – 3pm

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