October 15, 2021 | 9:40 am

The Jacobs Institute facilitates a number of workshops throughout the semester, hosted by participating clubs, MDes students, Design Fellows, and our Makerspace staff. Workshops are a great way to become acquainted with a new skill, learn more about the resources and materials available at Jacobs, and connect with our community! Learn more about what’s being offered this semester below. Workshop titles and descriptions are usually released in the first week of the semester. If you have an idea for a workshop you’d like to see, please email

Virtual workshops are open to all members of the UC Berkeley community, regardless of Maker Pass status. In-person workshops that use Jacobs Makerspace facilities or equipment are reserved for current Maker Pass holders.

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Photo of a heart-shaped boxHeart-Shaped Box

When: 2/9/2023, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: Jacobs 120
Instructor: Adam

Need a valentines day gift for someone special? Well, that’s on you, but we can help you make the box to put it in! Join us for this early semester workshop where DS Adam shows you how to model a heart-shaped box in Fusion 360, and then bring those parts into Adobe Illustrator for laser cutting. Topics covered: living hinges; box making; tolerancing; parametric design, laser cutting.

Photo of a robot arm drawing a designRoboDraw

When: 2/17/2023 & 3/3/2023, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Where: Jacobs 110
Instructor: Cody

Can robotic arms help us produce works of art? Learn the basics of 6-axis programming while co-producing unique and striking drawings with your favorite robot arm tag-team: Lucy and Ethel. Bring a simple vector-based drawing with you and learn how to make a robot draw it for you.

Photo of a failed 3D printDesign for Successful 3D Printing

When: 2/9/2023 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: Zoom
Instructor: Nicole

In this workshop, we will cover how to create an object that will make the most of what 3D printing has to offer, without falling into the common pitfalls. This skillset can be helpful as you design your class projects.

Photo of a 3D print in progress3D Repair: Using 3D Printing to Fix Things

When: 3/9/2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Zoom
Instructor: Nicole

In this workshop we will explore how modern fabrication technology puts the power in all our hands to fix and upgrade the items we own.

Photo of an Arduino kitArduino Prototyping for Beginners

When: 3/2/2023 & 3/16/2023, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Jacobs 120
Instructor: Adam

Arduino microcontrollers changed the game for physical computing, and lowered the barriers to entry for the creation of functional input-output systems. Whether you’ve heard of Arduino and have just never had the chance to try it, or would like to learn a little about electronics to improve your prototyping game, this workshop will show you what microcontrollers can do for you. Using our original Jacobs Hall Arduino Prototyping Kit, we’ll cover the basics of input/output systems by controlling lights, sound, and motors. All materials are provided!

Photo of wooden stoolsTake a Seat

When: 3/2/2023, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: Jacobs 120
Instructor: Adam

In this workshop we’ll create a simple stool in Fusion 360, and then cut it out on the Shopbot. After joining for this session, you’ll have the skills to furnish the rest of your living situation–at least with small stools. Need a seat but don’t have one? Register for Take a Seat!