Design Labs Maker Bootcamp will run Monday-Friday from August 5 - 21. In this accelerator, you will roll up your sleeves and take a deep dive with a lot of different "making" technology -- everything from manual bending of sheet metal to CNC milling, laser cutting, computer-aided design tools, to  immersive electronics design and fabrication!  Each exercise will build toward a culminating, customizable-template final project that will show off your mastery of your new skills!

Apply to Maker Bootcamp

Please fill out the application below to apply for the program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but are due by June 30th, 2024. 

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No matter your major, if you are itching to leap into your Lehigh adventure with a burst of creativity and community, look no further than our Design Labs Maker Bootcamp. Tailor-made for incoming first-year students like you, dive into an electrifying 2-½ weeks of immersive exploration where you'll not only hone your skills but also forge lifelong friendships and discover your true passion for making.

Picture this: starting August 5th, you'll step into a world where digital fabrication meets imagination. From mastering CAD and circuit design to getting hands-on with microcontrollers and programming, every day will be an exhilarating journey of discovery. And let's not forget about our impressive lineup of state-of-the-art tools – laser cutters, waterjets, CNC Plasmas, CNC Mills, CNC Routers – we will teach you how to use these so that you can unleash your creativity.

But here's where it gets even more exciting: not only will you become a pro with these cutting-edge resources, but you'll also put your newfound skills to the test by designing and building your very own 3-axis machine with a custom end effector. Ever dreamed of creating a computer-controlled cupcake decorator or a model airplane foam-core cutter? With your newfound superpower as a Maker, the possibilities are endless!

Plus, this program is more than just technical skills – during our lunch sessions and evenings, you'll dive into programming designed to help you build your network, explore career opportunities, and find your "why" at Lehigh. Whether you're interested in coursework, personal skill development, or contributing to student clubs and competitive teams, the tools and techniques you'll master during bootcamp will give you a leg up.

At the Design Labs Maker Bootcamp you’ll not just create machines, you will also be able to  create memories and form friendships that will last a lifetime. As you immerse yourself in the world of making, you'll discover the joy of bringing ideas to life and the satisfaction of being part of a vibrant community of creators.

So, are you ready to embark on this epic journey of discovery and creativity? Join us at the Design Labs Maker Bootcamp and let's make something amazing together! Apply now and get ready to unleash your inner Maker at the Design Labs Maker Bootcamp for Incoming First-year students!

Basic computer skills (navigating to folders, saving files, using text editing software…etc.) are recommended.  No maker knowledge required, just an interest and passion to learn!  Students will be able to choose from several template projects to customize, and each of these final projects will utilize at least three makerspace machines/tools and include a microcontroller with at least one input and output device.

  • Housing: On-campus housing included! 
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included. 
  • Cost: $3000 - scholarships available! Apply for a scholarship through the regular application process below. Note: no academic credit will be offered for either program. 
  • Commitment: It is expected that you will be present for all programming during the dates of your chosen accelerator program. If you have ANY expected conflicts, make sure to indicate them below in your application.