Mount Holyoke College
Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab (Prospect Hall)

Turning ideas into tangible reality

“Making” provides a visceral understanding of both physical and intellectual concepts, and represents a unique mode of inquiry. Modern maker culture encourages collaboration across different disciplines and broad exploration — a hallmark of the liberal arts.
Learn more about the Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab

Maker Stories

Design table in the Fimbel Lab

New facility primed for curiosity

The Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab provides 8,000 square feet where students can implement, adapt and expand diverse concepts of creation.
A large open room with huge picture windows that open on a lake contains two step ladders and other construction materials.

Calling all makers — and doers

The new Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab is now open for your projects, inspirations, creativity and persistence.
Photo of Stella Elwood ’19 wtth the goose splints she created in the Makerspace

Optimal claw comfort? Check.

Stella Elwood ’19 turns to the Makerspace to create an effective, affordable tool for use in veterinary medicine.

Core Programs

A group of students working at a whiteboard in the Fimbel Lab

Academic Coursework

The Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab staff and equipment support a wide range of classes in specific areas of study. Courses from robotics, costume-making, art studio, art history, theatre arts, architectural studies — even international relations — have all used the Fimbel Lab facilities.

Photo of students taking part in a bicycle repair workshop

Workshops

Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab staff and student workers regularly hold workshops from bike repair to Halloween costumes that are open to all students, faculty and staff. They also collaborate with departments and student orgs to help promote activities and events.

Photo of a group of students who took part in the Girls in Tech conference

Community Outreach

A crucial part of the Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab mission is working with students beyond the College, especially those from underrepresented groups who are interested in engineering and science. The staff will work with schools and organizations to explore workshops and curricular support.

Maker Culture

  • encourages students to seek answers to new questions and answer old questions through a new lens
  • sparks interest in STEM disciplines, which helps grow a strong pipeline of women professionals in these fields
  • expands learning and professional pathways in digital arts and humanities fields
  • challenges preconceived notions of who can access technology to solve real-world problems.