MHC Makerspace featured in Hampshire Gazette

“The space overall includes collaborative areas that just bring people together in a non-academic setting,” said Aidala in the article. “It’s not affiliated with a department.”

By Xiomara Núñez '20

Encouraging interdisciplinary work to combat common fears of technology is one of Mount Holyoke College’s primary goals for its Makerspace, said Katherine Aidala.

Aidala, chair of the physics department and the College’s dual-degree engineering program, was featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s editorial about the facility. She currently serves as its faculty coordinator.

“There is so often a phobia of technology,” Aidala was quoted as saying. “You hear people all the time saying ‘I’m not a math person, I’m not a science person, I’m not a tech person, I don’t do that.’ That’s exactly, exactly the kind of attitude we want to combat.”

The workshop is home to students’ unique inventions — prototypes of prosthetic hands, innovative travel cases and small, laser-cut bicycles are just three of the many products developed in the Makerspace.

Cultivating an entrepreneurial culture where students create “something from nothing” and encouraging a “hands-on approach to problem solving,” is another objective, said Aidala.

Read the article.