The Maker Hub has a diverse user base. This page seeks to describe the access and expectations for each type of user. Maker Hub access should be considered a privilege, and the Maker Hub staff members reserve the right to revoke user access privileges as they see fit.
The Maker Hub is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and ADP students. This includes both full-time and part-time students. All majors are welcome.
Aside from official tour guide and work study duties, all students who desire access to the Maker Hub's space, tools, and equipment must follow the Maker Hub's training system regardless of prior experience.
The Maker Hub is open to all GFU employees: faculty, staff, administrators, etc. This includes both full-time and part-time employees.
GFU employees who desire access to the Maker Hub's tools and equipment must undergo the same training that students suffer (I mean... receive) regardless of prior experience.
Student Spouses and Family Members
Students may sponsor their spouse and family members into the Maker Hub. This means that student spouses and family members may accompany the current GFU student within the facility, but only the student may operate any equipment for which he or she has been certified. All equipment is designated with an icon to indicate that it requires training from a staff member before use. While family members may use tools along with their student sponsor, all minors (under 18) are prohibited from using any Maker Hub equipment or tools until they have signed a liability release form. The student sponsor assumes full responsibility for ensuring that his or her guests adhere to the proper safety protocols and professionalism required in the Maker Hub. Currently, there is no membership system available for student spouses or family members.
Employee Spouses and Family Members
Employees may sponsor their spouse and family members into the Maker Hub. This means that employee spouses and family members may accompany the employee within the facility. While family members may use tools along with their employee sponsor, all minors (under 18) are prohibited from using any Maker Hub equipment or tools until they have signed a liability release form. The employee sponsor assumes full responsibility for ensuring that his or her guests adhere to the proper safety protocols and professionalism required in the Maker Hub. Employee spouses may train on and use the Maker Hub's equipment. The first step in connecting the employee's spouse with the Maker Hub is for the employee to initiate a background check with HR. HR will pass their information to the IT department so they can create a GFU ID and the proper computer accounts. Employee spouses are expected to undergo the proper wiki/quiz/training/demonstration process of being certified on a piece of equipment just like students and employees. Employee spouses may also serve as a Maker Hub volunteer (see the Volunteers section).
Students (just undergrad?) who graduate in the spring are covered under GFU's insurance through the summer and may use the Maker Hub. Currently, there is no membership system available for GFU alumni. Alumni may serve as a Maker Hub volunteer (see the Volunteers section).
High School and Middle School Students
High school and middle school students may coordinate with Admissions or the College of Engineering to take a tour of the Maker Hub. Outside of the family member guidelines explained above, high school and middle school students may only use Maker Hub equipment and tools during specific events such as our High School Maker Camp in the summer. All minors (under 18) are prohibited from using any Maker Hub equipment or tools until they have signed a liability release form.
Volunteers must undergo a background check and receive a GFU ID through the IT department before they can work with GFU students. Volunteers can be alumni, employee spouses, or local community members.
The Maker Hub's vision for bringing volunteers into the space is for training and mentoring students alongside people who have significant experience in a certain field or craft that is represented in the Maker Hub. Volunteers need to have a heart for teaching and guiding college students. It is a great benefit to our students to have subject matter experts available as a resource for consulting and skill mastery.
Volunteer participation is quite flexible, but here are some suggestions that may maximize the benefits for all parties involved. The busiest periods of student activity in the Maker Hub are on weekday afternoons and early evenings. Often, we recommend that volunteers pick times in those windows to be present in their respective area(s). Consistent availability helps the training process greatly. For example, if a wood shop volunteer comes in on Thursday and Friday afternoons, we can direct students who need training on wood shop equipment to visit the wood shop during those hours. Some volunteers may choose to work seasonally (e.g. only the fall semester or only the spring semester).
There is no contract. Volunteers are free to adjust their schedules, take a hiatus, or terminate their service to the Maker Hub as desired. Our primary request from the volunteers is that they maintain good communication with the Maker Hub staff. The Maker Hub seeks to cultivate a symbiotic relationship with our volunteers.
What's in it for the volunteers? Volunteers are free to use the Maker Hub's equipment for personal projects when student traffic in their respective area is low or outside of their volunteer hours. Of course, the same material policies and production policies apply to volunteers as they do to all other Maker Hub users. The Maker Hub is primarily an educational space, and this will always remain a top priority. Volunteers are also encouraged to take some ownership of their particular area. What does this mean? This means you can dream with us about developing the Maker Hub. Are there certain tools or pieces of equipment that we should purchase? How could things be made more efficient or aesthetically beautiful? How could we upgrade the training process in your area? Are there certain machines you enjoy maintaining? Are there certain skill seminars that you want to teach? Do you have ideas for promoting the Maker Hub on social media? Lastly, volunteers have the joy of passing down wisdom to the next generation. There a satisfaction in getting to know the students and equipping the next generation of Christian leaders with both technical skills and life skills as they transition to adulthood.
We are extremely grateful for our volunteers; their contributions are vital to ensuring the successful operation of the Maker Hub.
The Maker Hub has several regular work study positions over the course of the semester. These positions include: machine shop supervisors, prototype lab supervisors, the tool room attendant, and the social media intern. These positions oversee their respective areas and work closely with the Maker Hub staff and College of Engineering to advance the makerspace/program, train/maintain, and host events. The Maker Hub also employs a couple interns over the summer.
Student Aces and Student Volunteers
Student aces/volunteers are key to the training process and overall function of the Maker Hub. Student aces become an expert on a particular piece of equipment and help conduct training and demonstrations for that piece of equipment. Student volunteers oversee a particular facility and help conduct training and demonstrations for several pieces of equipment within that facility. Student aces/volunteers often receive additional privileges such as extended access to their facility.
The Maker Hub welcomes friends, family members, local industry partners, schools, and prospective students for tours. Guests may accompany a tour guide from Admissions or the College of Engineering to see all that the Maker Hub has to offer. Tours--by themselves--do not include hands-on activities. All hands-on activities need to be coordinated with the Maker Hub staff.