“Introduction to Making” (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 course will be offered in person for Fall 2022.

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.

Students will be notified of Fall ’22 acceptance status closer to the start of the Fall semester.

Apply Now for Fall ’22

15.351 Instructors:

Mac Cameron

Instructor, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

MIT Office: E40-160, Email: mac1@mit.edu

Martin Culpepper

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and MIT Maker Czar

MIT Office: 35-237, Email: mculpepp@mit.edu 


1st year MBA students CANNOT take electives past the MBA core in their first Fall semester the year they arrive at MIT. You may apply to the Spring session in your first year – or the Fall or Spring session in your second year.


For accepted students: If you are concerned about using up your non-Course 15 credit allocation, please ensure you are registered under 15.351J, not 2.351J. Thank you.

Intro to Making Final Class Projects

Students in “Introduction to Making” (2.351J / 15.351J) presented their final projects in the Trust Center garage on December 7th. The range of creativity on display is always a high point of the last week of classes every semester, and the students this year were no exception. 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,