Make it at DePaul







Program Details

Make it at DePaul is a 2 college-credit summer STEAM course for high school students. The workshop runs on Mondays from 5-8pm, June 24-August 5. Applications for Summer 2019 are now closed.

The next generation of workers will require high value skills such as critical thinking, collaborative and communicative ability, and cross-disciplinary capability. Make it at DePaul teaches students to turn their ideas into reality using design thinking strategies and maker-centered fabrication approaches. The workshop will take place in the Idea Realization Lab (IRL), a 4,500 square foot, student-led and community-focused makerspace located on DePaul University’s Loop Campus.

Students who enroll will receive

  • 2 college credits from DePaul University, transferable to other institutions.
  • All required course materials listed in the syllabus.
  • DePaul ID card with access to campus resources.
  • Access to the Idea Realization Lab’s space and materials during all regular business hours.
  • Instruction on and access to CNC routers, laser cutters, 3D printers, electronics stations, woodworking tools.
  • Professional advisors.

Camp Activities

  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Cutting
  • CNC Routing
  • Arduino Development
  • ESP8266 Development

To learn more about the course, including learning goals and a tentative schedule, view the syllabus.


The cost of Make it at DePaul is $1,500. This covers tuition for 2 transferable college credits and all supplies necessary for the course, including all required materials listed on the syllabus.

Students admitted to Make it at DePaul will be sent information about enrolling in the DePaul course associated with the program.

Faculty Bio

Jay Margalus

Michael Flores

Jay Margalus is a computer scientist and designer with a focus in emerging technologies. He is the Faculty Director at DePaul University's Idea Realization Lab, and an instructor in DePaul’s School of Design, housed in the College of Computing and Digital Media. Jay has been making makerspaces for over a decade in and around Chicago, and literally wrote the certification on making for Caterpillar, Inc. He co-created the custom hardware games Thotcon 0x9, Thotcon 0x8, and Big Data Outbreak. You can read about Jay in the Chicago Tribune or see his recent talks and keynotes for Crowdsupply's Teardown, the American Medical Association, and Chicago Public Schools.


All students admitted to Make it at DePaul must complete and sign the photo/comment release form prior to the start of the program. Students who will be under 18 years old at the time of attendance must also have a parent complete and sign a second release.

Signed and completed forms can be mailed to:
DePaul University
College of Computing and Digital Media
243 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
Attn: Ben Kumming/Make it at DePaul

Or, they can be emailed (with signatures) as an attachment to