Virtual Back-to-School Events for the Jacobs Community

August 18, 2020 | 12:41 pm

Although physical access to Jacobs Hall is currently limited, the Jacobs Institute team is excited to kick off the new academic year with all of you through our series of virtual back-to-school programming.

Whether you are a new or returning student, we invite you to join us for any of the events highlighted below, and to explore the ways you can continue to learn, make, and connect with us this year. We’ve also provided some informational links that you can browse at your leisure.

We’ll have prize raffle drawings for each scheduled and any-time event listed below. The more events you attend, the more times you’ll be entered into the raffle!


CalNet and Zoom accounts are required for attending virtual events. If you have technical or scheduling difficulties with accessing the events, please contact

GBO Interactive Makers’ Workshop
Tuesday 8/25 | 4-5PM

Come to our makers’ workshop, led by Jacobs Design Specialist Adam Hutz, to get an interactive demo of 3D modeling. You will leave the workshop with a design of your very own making, which you’ll be able to 3D print at Jacobs Hall.

Join the workshop here.

Drop-In Info Sessions
Friday 8/28 | 12-1PM*
Friday 9/4 | 4-5PM*
Friday 9/11 | 9-10AM*
Friday 9/18 | 12-1PM*

*Presentations will begin on Berkeley time (10 minutes past the hour).

Whether you are a new or returning student, if you are curious about the design and making resources available to you at Jacobs, come to one of our drop-in info sessions. During the first half-hour, we will have a presentation providing an overview of student resources, including updates for fall 2020 and time-sensitive opportunities. The second half-hour will be devoted to Q&A, so bring all of your questions!

Join the info sessions here. The info session presentation content will repeat each week.

Design at Berkeley’s Virtual Design Fair
Thursday 8/27 | 6 PM – 8 PM

The student group Design at Berkeley is hosting a Virtual Design Fair for students to meet and speak to the design clubs and decals on campus! Come and learn about what they do and more about the general design community on campus.

The event will be hosted in a Zoom call via Facebook Live on Design at Berkeley’s Facebook page, and you can interact with the club and decal leaders during the livestream by asking questions or after to their respective pages! Mark yourself as interested on the event page and see you there.

If you are a club or decal interested in presenting at the fair, sign up at by Thursday, August 20th, 11:59PST.

Jacobs Open House
Friday, 9/4 | 1-3PM

Explore Jacobs Hall during this interactive livestream exploration of the entire building, with an emphasis on the Makerspace. You will get to ask the Jacobs design specialists all about the equipment available in different parts of our Makerspace, see many in action during live demos, and learn about how you can still access much equipment this fall through the Jacobs Project Support and Makerfleet programs. A few lucky and observant attendees will also have the chance to win prizes through raffle and trivia questions.

The open house tour will follow this schedule:

1:10 PM Welcome and overview of the open house
1:15 PM All-Purpose Makerspace
1:50 PM Visualization / Robotics Lab
2:10 PM Metal Shop
2:30 PM Advanced Prototyping Lab
2:45 PM Academic and co-curricular resources
Overall Q&A

Join the open house here.

Campus Makerspace Crawl
Thursday 9/10 | 2-3PM

If you are interested in joining the vibrant community of makers, designers, and tinkers at UC Berkeley, then join the virtual campus-wide makerspace crawl! Get to know the unique resources at each location—we will cover what each space normally offers as well as what services are available this semester. Some locations will provide onsite live-stream tours while others will do presentations. The order of participating makerspaces in the crawl is:

Join the makerspace crawl here.

Virtual Fixit Clinic
Thursday 9/10 | 7-9PM

Jacobs is co-hosting the latest Virtual Fixit Clinic, organized by the community organization Fixit Clinic. Virtual Fixit Clinics bring the world’s greatest troubleshooting talent together to address whatever’s presented using teleconferencing. In addition to actually repairing things, Fixit Clinics explore the way things are designed for manufacturing today to inform future design for the coming circular economy; design that is inherently sustainable and elegant: durable, maintainable and serviceable.

Whether you have something broken or want to help fix (or just observe to learn and cross-train) you’re heartily invited to attend:


Watch a Virtual Building Tour

Join the recorded tour and explore the building with Jacobs Chief Learning Officer Eric Paulos as he introduces some of the people and resources that make the Jacobs community so special. As Eric says, “Come for the laser cutter; stay for the community!”

Explore the Jacobs Institute Website

The Jacobs Student Resources page summarizes the academic and co-curricular resources that are available to you, including courses, events, student-led activities, the Makerspace, and mentorship.

Our New & Prospective Students page also provides an overview of our student resources, with an emphasis on example projects, visuals, and interesting facts to get new students oriented.

Keep apprised of COVID-19-related updates to Jacobs Hall operations and programming through our general and Makerspace news posts.

Individual Appointments

Amy Dinh and Tyshon Rogers, the Jacobs student services advisors, are also available for one-on-one virtual appointments. Learn more about how to set up a meeting with them or drop by their virtual front desk here.


To a little extra excitement to the back-to-school season, we are holding prize raffles for participants of our back-to-school activities. You can enter the raffle once per activity, so the more activities you participate in, the more times you can enter! Both our scheduled and any-time activities are eligible for the raffle. Learn more and enter the raffle here.


We have a whole semester’s worth of great activities planned after back-to-school. Learn more about our fall programming, keep an eye on that page as more events are listed, and mark your calendars for events.

If you are interested in having a tailored virtual presentation about Jacobs resources for your program, class, or student group, please don’t hesitate to send a request to

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