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.

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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.


Training Opportunities

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


Instructional Requests

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.


Community Events

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 

Upcoming Events

  • 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.

On-going Events

  • 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.


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West Houston Institute

2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082

Hours of Operation: 10:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday