MIT has taken on the ambitious challenge of training all 1,100 members of the class of 2020 who want it on basic maker tech including laser cutters, 3D printers and hand tools.
The program relies heavily on student mentors to train their fellow students over four hours on the safe and proper use of the equipment and how to be good maker citizens.
After the freshman complete the training and get checked off, they have the opportunity to join one of eleven unique maker communities and they each receive $100 in MakerBucks to spend on their own making projects.
MIT has over 40 design/build/project spaces — and the MakerLodge program is designed to serve as an entry point into that thriving making community. For freshmen who complete the training, there are several rewards: the ability to request access to 10 of MIT’s makerspaces; pairing with a maker community; and up to $100 in “makerbucks,” a stipend for materials and machine time.
The following is an article announcing the launch the the MIT MakerLodge this fall.
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