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

iDesign Studio class

IDesign Studio redefines tech perception

Mount Holyoke’s IDesign Studio demystifies technology, sparks artistic creativity, fuels entrepreneurial spirit and encourages risk-taking across academia.
Mount Holyoke College Makerspace

The Makerspace: A launch pad to the future

The Makerspace prepares future leaders by combining technology and the liberal arts to teach and engage students studying every academic discipline.
Erin Mullin, flanked by Jessica Sidman (l) and Maker Space coordinator Shani Mensing '15 (r)

3-D printing prostheses

Erin Mullin ’17 adapted and customized code to create a 3-D-printed prosthetic hand that can be made for less than $50 and shared around the world.

Core Programs

Photo of the Makerspace Coordinator working with a student

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


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.