The Makerspace at West Houston Institute
Creative Mindsets & Skill Sets
IDEAStudio is the Makerspace at the West Houston Institute and supports its mission by providing a place to explore, experiment, and experience working through a creative design process using emerging and traditional technologies to take ideas from concept to launch.
This is currently accomplished through our membership program for students, faculty, and staff, support for instructional projects and industry collaborations, workshops and courses, and community events.
Student, Faculty & Staff Membership
Current HCC credit students, faculty and staff are eligible to become IDEAStudio members. When you become a member, you will be joining a creative community where you can develop the mindsets + skillsets that will empower your future success! Benefits include:
- Use of all work areas within the makerspace
- Training workshops on the use of all tools
- Storage space for project materials and consumables
- Special access to mentorship + networking opportunities
New Member Orientations
All students, faculty, and staff interested in utilizing IDEAStudio are required to attend an New member Orientation that includes membership guidelines, basic safety and tool training, and pass a safety quiz before gaining membership to the makerspace. After completing the orientation, members will have access to the Design Lab and will have the opportunity to attend training to learn additional tools. Check Training Opportunities below to register for an upcoming orientation sessions.
All HCC students, faculty and staff are invited to become members of IDEAStudio and make use of our spaces and tools. You MUST attend a New Member Orientation BEFORE you will be eligible to complete any training. Current members can sign up to attend any of our training classes. Upcoming sessions are listed below:
Monday, October 22nd
Thursday, October 25th
Monday, October 29th
Thursday, November 1st
Monday, November 5th
Thursday, November 8th
Monday, November 12th
Thursday, November 15th
Monday, November 19th
Thursday, November 22nd
Monday, November 26th
Thursday, November 29th
Monday, December 3rd
Thursday, December 6th
Instructors and departments can request to work with IDEAStudio to deliver instructional activities for their students and staff, including graded assignments, extra-curricular experiences, and professional development opportunities. Your students do not have to be given formal coursework to participate in the studio, but you are asked to reach out to us if you want to give a graded assignment to your class where they will be expected to work in the makerspace.
IDEAStudio participates in as well as hosts a number of events throughout the year. These are opportunities for us to engage with the wider Houston community to bringing
- Houston Maker Faire
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects. The Houston Maker Faire will occur Saturday & Sunday October 13-14, 2018, 10am-6pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall E.
- Mega Maker Meetup Connecting Creative Communities (MC)3
This "mega meetup" provides a venue for the many Houston-area meetups focused on creative technology interests to come together with educators and local leaders to imagine how we might affect positive change. Organized by our program director and leaders from the tech community, this meetup gathers bi-monthly at the studio.