“Introduction to Making and Hardware Ventures” (2.351J / 15.351J) is a highly immersive, hands-on introductory course for undergraduate and graduate students in any course of study. If you are curious about how to make physical things, make them work and integrate them with electronics/software, you’ve come to the right place.

You will gain knowledge of common design and fabrication techniques and skill in using them:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • rapid prototyping techniques
  • electronics
  • Arduino programming
  • and more.

You will then use this knowledge and skill in work on an individual design and build project that leads up to “Demo Day”, where you will show off your prototype along with the rest of the class.

The class uses lectures when necessary or when it’s the best way to teach a subject, but we also integrate fun activities that require using knowledge and skill, i.e. Mens et Manus.

15.351 Instructors:

Cassie Lowell

Instructor, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

MIT Office: E40-160, Email: celowell@mit.edu

Macauley Kenney

Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

MIT Office: E40-160, Email: macauley@mit.edu

Final Class Projects

Students in “Introduction to Making and Hardware Ventures” (2.351J / 15.351J) presented their final projects in the Trust Center garage at the end of the semester. The range of creativity on display is always a high point of the last week of classes. Using what they learned in computer-aided design, electronics, prototyping, Arduino programing, and more, and using the resources of the Trust Center’s ProtoWorkshop making space, the Intro to Making class winds up the semester with the knowledge and understanding of how to use these tools in any role or career they have moving forward.

Congratulations to all of them, and thanks to our partners at MIT Project Manus for a great semester,