Academic Engagement

The Maker Hub is set up to support Georgetown Faculty in a variety of ways. In the Maker Hub, faculty can enhance their curriculum through hands-on activities, tours, lectures, and tailored assignments designed to fit their students and their course material.

Integration Options

Tours (15-60 Minutes)

If you want to incorporate the Maker Hub into your course but don't know where to begin, a tour is a great place to start. During the tour, students and faculty will be given an overview of the equipment and resources of the Maker Hub, focusing on the areas most relevant to your course. Tours are often the most impactful at the start of a semester, while students are still in the planning stage of a class project or assignment.

Class Activities (30-120 minutes)

If you're interested in getting your students out of their heads and into the physical world, a custom activity may the way to go. The Maker Hub can help develop an activity tailored to your interests to add a hands-on learning component to your course curriculum. Activities can include team-building exercises, design thinking workshops, creative responses to readings, and more.

Assignments and Independent Student Visits

If a whole class visit to the Maker Hub isn’t feasible, the Maker Hub can work with you to develop homework assignments that require independent visits to the Maker Hub by students on their own time. This can often be arranged to take advantage of the peer-to-peer learning model the Maker Hub uses frequently with its student volunteers. Before giving students homework assignments that involve Maker Hub activities, please contact the Maker Hub to discuss relevant details.

Please contact the Maker Hub Manager, David Strout, at to learn more about the opportunities for curricular engagement with the Maker Hub.

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Professors Share Their Experience


Negar Nahidian

College - Department of Art & Art History

"The Maker Hub is a great space for my intro and advanced graphic design students to explore the many possibilities of turning their design ideas in the digital format and turn them into laser cuts, buttons, embroidery, traditional book making, stickers, etc. The Maker Hub gives the tactile experience that is much needed for students who are used to only working on the screen. Students often love the outcome and end up going back on their own to create more projects."

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Kimberly Lubreski

CNDLS - Assistant Director of Learning Design

"The Maker Hub provided an innovative space where my students could immerse themselves in exploration, experimentation, and hands-on learning. With the Maker Hub staff's expert guidance during an insightful orientation, they were equipped with tools and resources to bring their creative ideas to life. They worked together to design and develop and collaborative final project for my JUPS course on immigration."

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Bruce Mc Kaig

College - Department of Art & Art History

"In my darkroom and digital photography classes, the experience involves connecting with the broader GU community and materiality. The syllabus always includes time in the Hub, to be out on campus and working with our hands."

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J.R. Osborn

CCT - Remix Practices (CCTP-623)

"The Maker Hub allowed Remix Practices to move out of the screen--based digital realm and explore how remixing is increasingly possible with material and physical elements. This broadened the course perspective and helped students understand how online practices can be activated offline in the world and spaces we inhabit."

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Michelle Bertke

College - Department of Chemistry (CHEM-1026)

"The Maker Hub is an exceptional resource for Georgetown students. I have visited the Maker Hub for both of my non-majors Science for All classes and have used everything from 3D printing to button making.  Providing a space for students to engage with hands-on material is a great way to enhance learning outside of the typical classroom environment.  Science topics can be complex and utilizing the technologies at the Maker Hub can make abstract ideas more concrete."

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Clare Fieseler

SFS - The Science of Extinction & De-Extinction (INAF-180-05)

"In the fall of 2018, I designed and taught a new non-majors science course titled "The Science of Extinction & De-Extinction." My goal for the class was to give students at least two immersive experiences in new technologies that scientists are currently using to study extinct species. The Maker Hub was so very helpful in creating lectures and co-designing a multi-day lab activity for my students that exposed them to the methods and applications of 3D scanning and printing. After one tutorial in the Maker Hub, the students were able to successfully 3D print and compare the structure of real marine mammal fossils from the Smithsonian collection."

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Andrew Herr

SFS - Hands-on Unconventional Weapons Technology (SEST 649)

"Leveraging the Maker Hub is a seamless way to provide students access to 3D printing and other technologies so that these technologies can become a required element of the course. Exposing students to these technologies gives a much deeper understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and it's been a pleasure working with the Maker Hub team!"

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Jim Freericks

College - Mathematical Methods of Physics (PHYS 155)

"The Maker hub brings ideas to reality. Use it in every class you can."

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Stephen Minnig

GSAS - Product Development in the New Digital Age (CCTP 806)

"The Maker Hub provides the students in my product development class the opportunity to prototype their product ideas through a positive, no-stress, hands-on experience. The Maker Hub staff are a great resource for anyone using the Maker Hub; they offer a learning experience that can’t be easily duplicated in a classroom by helping my students bring their ideas to life."

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Matthew Pavesich

College - Writing and Culture (WRIT 015)

"The Maker Hub offers my students, especially the most curious and ambitious ones, the chance to pursue the most creative and impactful versions of their class projects. The community, culture, and -- yes -- the STUFF of the Maker Hub help students realize what they can do."

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Libbie Prescott

SFS - BioDesign Studio (STIA 411)

"The Maker Hub was critical for my students to approach an open-ended question in a creative and self-directed way but still to see tangible outcomes. Unique opportunity to take something from theoretical to physical all in the span of a semester."

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Toni-Lee Sangastiano

College - Art and Art History (ARTS-1602 & MHUM-1200)

"The Maker Hub has been a critical resource for my graphic design class. It is a space of wonder and excitement for my students. It expands tool access, material use, and creative possibilities, which are impossible without the Maker Hub."