Campus creators

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Be a Maker program is a network of makerspaces where Carolina’s maker community design and make physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation. Students can participate in open studios, training sessions, workshops, hosted classes and group activities in spaces equipped with emerging technologies like 3D printing as well as wood and metalworking shops.

Two students use a 3D printer.

I have never seen a campus enterprise take off as fast. We will fulfill our vision that every Tar Heel will take a risk, make a difference and be a maker

Rich Superfine, faculty chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill Be a Maker network

Rich Superfine.

by the numbers

The University's four makerspaces — located in Murray Hall, Carmichael Hall, the Hanes Art Center and the Kenan Science Library — are designed for the Carolina community to connect with one another to design and create physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation.

  • 4campus makerspaces
  • 4,000makerspace users
  • 50,000+hours spent at makerspaces

Making and innovating

  • Three students talk around a laptop.

    Transforming garbage into fashion

    Carolina senior Ana Soule and her team at the Phoenyx Project are using Carolina's makerspacers to give new life to vinyl billboards that would otherwise end up in the dump.

  • ‘A freedom to explore’

    By working in makerspaces, Abigail Gancz spent four years exploring and redefining her career path.

  • Three students work on devices at the Makeathon

    Of minds and makers

    The Carolina Challenge Makeathon convened innovators and makers to turn socially innovative ideas into something tangible.

  • Students walk in the Makerspace.

    A culture of innovation

    From the classroom to the lab, Carolina innovators are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Through their ingenuity, they are creating jobs, finding cures, combating diseases, fighting poverty, eliminating hunger, providing clean water and promoting social justice.