Enabling Remote Making and Hands-on Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Professor Martin L. Culpepper, MIT MechE Professor; Class of 1960 Fellow; Maker Czar


Tolga Durak, PhD, Managing Director, MIT Environment, Health & Safety Office

+ MIT Project Manus Staff

+ MIT EHS Staff

Offering 1: Wednesday 7/15 – Friday 7/17 Offering 2: Tuesday 7/21 – Thursday 7/23 Offering 3 7/28 – 7/30 CANCELLED

TIME: 12:00 PM EST to around 4:00 PM EST.

Registration deadlines are 11:59 PM ET on 7/10, 7/17 & 7/23 for courses #1, #2 and #3 respectively.


Live Virtual Event over Zoom


3 days (~3 hours per day)



Substantial discounts available for MIT Faculty and Staff


1 credit

Enabling Remote Making and Hands-on Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Making and hands-on activities are a critical part of education. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to this modality but it is still possible. This course will provide best practices for enabling remote making now.


COVID-19 has changed how we engage with students. The critical role making and hands-on activities play in education, however, remains the same. This virtual live 3-day course will give you the tools to effectively retain or emulate residential making in an online setting. MIT faculty and staff will guide you through the logistics of moving hands-on education online in a safe and responsive way. In a series of lectures, discussions and hands-on activities, you’ll learn best practices for doing so. These include adapting quickly, assessing student needs, defining learning objectives, identifying the best digital tools, utilizing video production and social media, programming hands-on activities, promoting safe making, communicating effectively, and more.

Join us for this engaging and interactive experience and earn 1 CEU.

Registration is open.


Substantial discounts are available for MIT Faculty and Staff. Find out more.


  • Ability to assess potential hazards and design in controls to minimize or eliminate the hazards.
  • An understanding of the roles of various stakeholders in your institution and how they can help make your course a success.
  • Learn tips and lessons learned from experienced instructors on how to make your remote learning experience a success.


Faculty and instructors that teach hands-on courses that may be online in the fall or spring.



DAY 1:

Fundamental differences for hands-on in COVID world, Understanding your students’s situation (& Equity), Planning a COVID making course, Hands-on Maker Project

DAY 2:

Remote making safety issues and best practices, Safety exercise

DAY 3:

Communicating during a project when remote vs. in person, Logistics & challenges of remote making, Maker project discusison


Professor Martin L. Culpepper
MIT MechE Professor; Class of 1960 Fellow; Maker Czar

Marty Culpepper, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is MIT’s first Maker Czar. He leads MIT’s effort to upgrade legacy spaces/equipment, introduce new technologies, create new campus makerspaces, foster maker communities, and collaborate with peer universities, alumni, government, and industry. Professor Culpepper is the recipient of an NSF Presidential Early Career Award, two R&D 100 awards, a TR100 award, and a Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award. His areas of expertise are in Precision Engineering, Manufacturing, and Thermo/Fluid system design.He is a self-described gear head who loves working on his Ducati and Mustang, but not as much as riding/driving them. He loves building things at MIT and at home in his own shop. His favorite maker tools are mills and waterjets, though he’s become fond of glass blowing.

Tolga Durak, PhD
Managing Director, MIT Environment, Health & Safety Office

As MIT’s Managing Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Programs, Durak is the responsible administrator for health, safety and environmental programs for all MIT academic and administrative units. Durak leads EHS to assure university activities are conducted in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, best business practices as well as by supporting development, implementation, and monitoring of prevention control strategies and initiatives. In addition to the main MIT campus, EHS provides support for and oversight over all off-site and international departments, laboratories and research centers.

Durak holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a MS in Industrial & Systems Engineering and a PhD in Building Construction / Environmental Design and Planning. He has over 20 years of experience in engineering and EH&S in higher education. During his career, he has served in the capacity of EHS Director, Authority Having Jurisdiction, Responsible Official, Fire Marshal, Risk Manager, Radiation Safety Officer, Laser Safety Officer, Safety Engineer, Project Manager and Emergency Manager for government agencies as well as universities with extensive healthcare and research facilities. He is a practicing professional engineer, certified safety professional, certified building and fire official and an associate in risk management. During his academic tenure, Durak held engineering and public health faculty appointments. In addition to occupational safety and health, he has research interests in building sciences with emphasis on performance, energy efficiency, retrofitting solutions, systems integration, integrated control strategies and smart building materials. Durak is a proud father of twins Sam and Sloane and a competitive rower who races nationally and internationally in masters category.