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How to Get Involved

What are you waiting for? Come turn your ideas into reality.

You can book the Science Maker Lab for guided two-hour sessions, or you can apply to use the lab for four-month terms.

Booking a Two-Hour Session

The Science Maker Lab hosts students, staff and faculty for “Intro to Making” lab visits. These visits typically take about two hours and include:

  • An overview of the lab’s resources; and
  • About an hour of instructed use of the computer-aided design, computer-aided machining and/or Adobe Creative Suite software on the lab computer.

By the end of the two-hour session, you will leave with a copy of whatever you designed, brought to life by either the 3D printer or the laser cutter!

Email Ron Daniels to inquire about booking a session.

Applying for a Four-Month Term

Note: This section applies only to those seeking to do a long-term project in the Maker Lab.  The 2 hour Maker Lab Intro Visits are open to all Laurier students.

The Science Maker Lab accepts clients for four-month terms, starting Sept. 1, Jan. 1 and May 1 of each year. Note that there is no academic credit for participating in the lab.


To sign up for the Science Maker Lab, you need to be either:

Note: You do not have to be a Science major to enter this program.

Application Process

To apply for the Science Maker Lab, you need:

  • An idea;
  • A group name;
  • A business model canvas with sufficient market research to justify the cost of building the prototype or doing the testing that you want to do;
  • A detailed timeline of your development plan; and
  • A projected budget.

Don’t be intimidated by these requirements, which you need to start your idea. We can help you out with templates for developing timelines and a projected budget. We can also help you create a business model canvas. Just contact us.

Once you’ve assembled the application materials, email Ron Daniels at least 30 days in advance of the beginning of the next entry point. You may be asked to fill out additional application materials.

The acceptance committee will consider applications and decisions will be announced at least 15 days in advance of the next four-month lab term.