MakerLodge’s mission is to provide training, resources and an enthusiastic introduction to MIT’s maker community to first-year undergraduate students.
MakerLodge aims to train first-year undergraduate students on a small set of introductory maker technologies, give those students an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned, and then choose one additional tool or technology for further training—welding, sewing, machining, or whatever is of most interest to them! MakerLodge provides all students who complete the program with a toolbox full of hand tools, an Arduino nano and MakerBucks (a special form of TechCash) to enable and encourage future making.
We serve as a launch-pad for students by offering peer-led introductory maker training and practice sessions for first-years who are new to making as well as the opportunity to ‘test out’ of training for those students coming to MIT with significant making experience under their belt. Each year approximately one third of the first-year class choose to complete their MakerLodge training and join our community.
We have a very diverse group of trainees each year, with students going on to choose more than 16 different courses of study from Mechanical and Electrical engineering to Mathematics and Urban Studies and Planning. More than half of the students we train return to our makerspaces for either further training or to make things during open hours!