Brock University: New Brock LINC spaces, services available to students and community

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The Brock LINC has added to its roster of services and spaces meant to help get creativity and collaboration flowing.

The 300-level of the Rankin Family Pavilion is now home to game rentals, a Collaboration Corner and Innovation Stations.

Large-sized Connect Four, Jenga and corn hole are now available to be played on site and can be signed out daily at the RFP 300 Reception Desk. Additional board games and stressbusters can also be signed out through the Brock University Library’s Ask Us Desk on a three-day loan.

The Brock LINC has also introduced a Collaboration Corner — a space for students to use whiteboards to collaborate and create projects. The space includes a large touch-screen TV that can be used for group work, presentations or to socialize, with a Chromecast also available to be signed out from the RFP 300 Reception Desk to watch movies or play video games.

“RFP 300 is already busy with students as a study space, but it was also intended to be a space for students to unwind, relax and make new connections,” says Farzana Crocco, Executive Director of the Brock LINC. “We also want to hear from students about what they want to see, with potential to host board game sessions or lunchtime movies with some of the new additions to the space.”

Also new on RFP 300 are the Innovation Stations, or entrepreneurial hot desks, which are intended to provide a space for entrepreneurs to meet and gather on campus. The desks are open to Brock LINC members. Brock LINC membership is open to students and community members, and provides access to the Innovation Stations, meeting rooms, as well an entrepreneurial coaching and advisory services from the Brock LINC.

For individuals who are looking to explore the Makerspace in RFP 204, a new Maker Café has been created that includes alternative seating, a bookshelf of maker and DIY books, and a piano for makers to sit, create or play.

“We know that sometimes the technology in the Makerspace can look intimidating,” says Tabitha Lewis, Makerspace Supervisor, “but we want this to be a space for everyone to feel welcome, to walk around in, to hang out and to ask questions.”

Also new to the Makerspace this year is updated equipment in the popular Audio Lab, with additional acoustic panelling to improve the quality of recordings, and changes to the 3D printing process to make it more accessible. If a print is 20 grams or less, the model can be printed for free on the Dremel 3D45 printers.

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