Minty boost portable USB chargerBuild a portable USB charger during the first workshop in the “Make It and Take It” series, Thursday in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Workshop series encouraging students to design and build gadgets

There is an old proverb that says give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

With its new Make It and Take It series, the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) strives to feed all students’ imaginations through practical workshops in its brand new makerspace at the EPIC Industrial Hub in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Participants will learn not only how to build or design popular gadgets, but also the theories behind them from guest instructors.

This series gives students an opportunity to learn interesting and creative ways to build or design gadgets ranging from USB ports, flashlights and more. They will take home their designs along with the basic knowledge and training necessary for their specific project, giving them a chance to explore the possibilities of their own imagination: what else can you make with the new skills you learned? Can this innovative idea eventually become an entrepreneurial endeavour?

The opening workshop, Make a Minty Boost Portable USB Charger, runs 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 15. To register for it or other entries in the series, visit the EPICentre website