Making Makerspaces

Do you want to measure the impact of the investment your university is making in makerspaces?
Register to attend Making Makerspaces, a winter course on creating academic makerspaces!

Monday, February 12, 2018 at 9:00am - Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 1:30pm
Hodges Room, Tech Square, Georgia Tech

This course will help you understand how to invest money, space and other resources to obtain the results you want. Making Makerspaces provides the knowledge and best practices that have been used to design, create and sustain safe and productive modern academic makerspaces. We cover proven methods to get students excited about using these spaces, forming peer-mentoring communities and perpetuating a culture of safe, fun and responsible use. We’ll also cover fundamental principles of successful makerspaces, including:

  • Understanding the general types and their pros/cons,
  • The import of culture and community
  • Assessing impact/justification
  • Staffing and training models
  • Common maker equipment
  • Optimizing access while minimizing boundaries
  • Creating effective safety systems
  • Understanding safety and complementary policy, insurance, legal and regulatory issues

Each day will consist of morning classroom sessions, followed by afternoon sessions in which the participants will work in groups to practice implementing the material. Depending on participant interest, activities may include: student surveys/data gathering, policy documents, access plans, programming (hobby use, personal use, class/research use, entrepreneurial, etc.), safety and training plans, machine selection, or facility layout/design. We will cover examples of successful makerspaces from several universities and participants will tour a variety of Georgia Tech’s dozens of makerspaces (engineering, science, dorm-based, artistic, student teams, classroom, etc.)

Download a detailed overview and draft agenda.

Course instructors are HEMI group members: Prof. Marty Culpepper, Prof. Craig Forest, Marlo Kohn, Prof. Aaron Hoover, Dean Vince Wincynski, Prof. Malcolm Cooke, Ian Charnas, Prof. Bjoern Hartmann, and P. Zach Ali.

View the videos below on some of the makerspaces that you will learn about during the workshop. You will also learn how they started, operate, and maintain a student-centric culture.

Georgia Tech Invention Studio

MIT MechE Makerspace

Workshop course rate is $2,450. 
(If you would like to receive a scholarship to attend the workshop please email