Project Elevate: The Rise of MakerHub at Baruch College


Year in Review 15-16

Dear makers, DIY enthusiasts, students and/or reader,

The onset of summer break elicits a sigh of relief from college students, the anticipation of travel excursions, and warmth in the summer sun. Here at the MakerHub (the premier makerspace at CUNY Baruch), we have been busy scheming away to bring forth an exciting, productive and eventful Fall semester and onwards for students and faculty at Baruch College.

Things are going to start to look very different around here – the good kind of different. With plans to rebrand the MakerHub, expand our outreach and stir up some good trouble on campus, we’re designing our plans for high impact on the Baruch community.

The 2015 – 2016 academic year was a big year for us! The MakerHub has evolved from a scant in the landscape in the imagineering minds of three Field Center faculty members into a living, breathing creative space with plans for a permanent home in the Newman Library building. A collaboration between our Administrative Director, Monica Dean, lecturer Allison Lehr Samuels and Fine and Performing Arts Professor Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, has culminated in the establishment of our very own makerspace, branded as the MakerHub. We have supported various competitions, events, and challenges totaling over $9,000 in cash prizes awarded to CUNY students and faculty! Keeping the spirit alive, we look forward to engaging more students through Project Elevate with our initiatives starting right away in the Fall 2016 semester.

More than just a makeshift Makerspace, we challenge students and faculty to conjure innovative uses and trends involving emergent, disruptive technology. Through Project Elevate, we are working on cross-training the Field Fellows to bring forth our strengthened team to teach students web development, advanced Arduino programming, Raspberry Pi and more technology trends.

We have supported various competitions, events, and challenges totaling to over $9,000 in cash prizes awarded to CUNY students and faculty!



For our MakerHub regulars (you guys are awesome!), be prepared to say hello to many new faces. We are expanding our outreach to target incoming freshman and transfer students, so look forward to cozying up with new teammates in our design challenges and competitions.

Wish that you can see more familiar faces on your newsfeed? Look forward to the Humans of Baruch x MakerHub cross-over in Fall – we will be spotlighting some of our most inventive students and faculty, along with their creations!

More magic we have up our sleeves include collaboration with The Writing Center for a creative process driven Pop Up Makerspace. As always, our Pop Ups always deliver on good vibes and good music, and ESPECIALLY good food.

MakerHub is growing, and we hope to see you grow with us.

Yours Truly,





Michelle Sheu
MakerHub Ambassador (2015-2016), out and about.