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Baxter Innovation Lab
Promoting hands-on design and innovation for students, teachers and professionals.

Contribute/Volunteer/Donate to the Lab

To be successful, the lab relies on volunteer mentors, a community advisory committee and ongoing contributions.

Volunteer Mentors

The lab welcomes and encourages members of the community to volunteer their time in the lab, especially those with knowledge and skills in engineering, manufacturing, “making”, digital fabricating, machining, and woodworking. Volunteers are allowed access to the lab during working hours and are encouraged to work on personal projects that showcase the lab's capabilities. Volunteers are needed during open lab hours and CLC class project time.. All volunteers must follow the Volunteer Process set by the college, including completion of a background check. To volunteer as a mentor in the lab:

1. Apply online to for the position "Volunteer - Baxter Innovation Lab" 
2. Fill out the Volunteer Form (PDF) and Background Check Authorization (PDF)
3. Contact the faculty coordinators to indicate your interest.

Community Advisory Committee

The lab relies on input from its Community Advisory Committee to provide up-to-date equipment, training, facilities, and programming. The committee meets once per semester (twice per year), and is made up of representatives from the following groups:

  • CLC students
  • CLC staff/faculty
  • Community users: business
  • Community users: clubs/teams
  • Community users: individuals
  • K-12 teachers/administrators
  • Community libraries
  • CLC Explore

If you are interested in serving on the advisory committee, contact us for more information and the time/date of the next meeting.

Make a Donation

Bringing the lab from idea to reality takes an ongoing investment.

We are asking for support in this initiative that will benefit Lake County residents and employers. There are two ways to provide support:

  • Provide a one-time donation of money or equipment.
  • Become a partner institution and provide ongoing financial support

Your support of the lab as a corporate partner is tax deductible. Donors will receive benefits based on varying levels of contribution, including:

  • Inclusion on the lab's website and preferred access as the opportunity for business use opens up beyond the initial development phase.

To make a contribution, make your donation through the CLC Foundation.

Donating Materials, Equipment and Tools

The lab is always in need of materials, equipment and tools. Acrylic, aluminum, Delrin, machinable wax, artificial wood, craft plywood, are materials commonly in need. Woodworking, metalworking, testing tools and equipment are sometimes needed. Donations are tax deductible and accepted through the CLC Foundation. For specific needs contact Engineering Faculty Jan Edwards or Rob Twardock.

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