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Ways to Learn

There's no one "right way" to learn in the Maker Hub; we provide multipe on-ramps to making to suit your learning style.

Drop-in Learning


The Maker Hub strives to be a “drop-in learning” space, where appointments and advance sign-ups are not necessary to come in and start making. Our volunteers and staff are constantly learning new tools, and most of the time during our open hours there is someone present to help with any tool in the space. And if not, we can learn it together!

Check the “Skills Calendar” to see when the skill you require help with is available.

Workshops


  • Workshops are scheduled events, open to all the GU community, where you can learn a new skill, discuss ideas, participate in a group project, or make something for yourself.

  • They are posted on our Public Events Calendar

  • Remember, even if you don’t see a workshop for the skill/tool you want to learn, you can still check out our Skills Calendar and drop in, or use the Chat System to connect with an expert.

Schedule Consultations


  1. Visitors in need of help with specific tools/skills can use the Chat System during Maker Hub open hours to arrange a consultation with an appropriate Maker Hub staff/volunteer.

  2. You can also email makerhub@georgetown.edu to set up a consultation.

  3. Check the “Skills Calendar” to see when the skill you require help with is available.

  4. A consultation appointment is just a calendar invitation including both the visitor and the staff/volunteer providing the help.

  5. Consultation appointments should be kept to under 30 minutes ideally.

  6. Staff and volunteers are not required or expected to set appointments outside of their regular shift, but may choose to do so at their own discretion.

  7. If a consultation appointment is scheduled during the staff/volunteer’s shift, the visitor should understand that the staff/volunteer might have to split their time with other duties.

 

Using the Maker Hub with your Class 


The Maker Hub is happy to help you integrate hands-on learning into your curriculum, or to facilitate a discussion on how Maker Culture and Maker Technology is impacting your subject area. Some of the collaborations we've done in the past have involved:

  • Short tours and technology demonstrations in the Maker Hub
  • Planning assignments that make use of Maker Hub equipment
  • Planning full courses built around a maker project
  • Design-thinking exercises, from an hour to a full weekend
  • Rapid prototype development
  • Round-tables with external experts on the history and impact of the Maker Movement

We've worked with courses covering topics as diverse as:

  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Global Human Impact
  • English and Rhetoric
  • Interaction Design
  • Biodesign
  • Social Justice

To start a conversation about how your class could benefit from interaction with the Maker Hub, send an email to makerhub@georgetown.edu

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