1.6. IDeATe Facilities Policies and Fees

The IDeATe Program is special because the courses dedicate instruction toward related workflows among multiple fields. As a result, IDeATe affiliated resources, equipment and spaces are tailored to support various processes and projects. After completing a course within the IDeATe@Hunt facilities, you will become apart of IDeATe@Hunt community. As an IDeATe@Hunt member, you will gain access to a network of faculty, facilities, resources, and like-minded ‘makers’.

The IDeATe@Hunt facilities feature several resources dedicated toward creative output. Many of these resources are expensive, including the service time devoted toward continued operation and maintenance. In addition, some of the spaces and equipment involve real hazards, posing safety concerns for all users. To resolve these issues, IDeATe@Hunt has implemented (2) primary solutions:

  1. Safety, Training & Instruction

    Spaces involving hazardous processes are only accessible by trained members of the IDeATe@Hunt community. Training is fundamentally offered through introductory (portal) courses & workshops. Additional training is also offered through various IDeATe@Hunt courses. During training you will receive all the instruction you require to utilize the spaces and/or equipment in a safe, efficient, and respectful manner.

  2. Membership and Course Fees

    Course fees are charged to students participating in any IDeATe@Hunt courses approximately (1) day after the ADD/DROP Deadline. These fees are determined by resource access (i.e. spaces & equipment), consumables (i.e. materials), and any other course related fees (i.e. field trips). Course fees will provide you with continued access to IDeATe@Hunt resources for the remainder of your course participation. If you continue participating in IDeATe@Hunt courses, you will receive continued access. If you choose not to participate in an IDeATe@Hunt course, you may receive continued access to previously approved resources by purchasing an IDeATe@Hunt membership pass. These fees are committed to future IDeATe improvements specifically related to improving students’ experience within these spaces. Expansion projects, facility updates, equipment upgrades, and purchases are some of the more common developments these fees are dedicated toward. As an IDeATe@Hunt member, your input is invaluable, therefore, IDeATe@Hunt members determine where this funding is directed. Every member will gain access to a voting system, allowing members to submit ideas and proposals for future improvements and vote on which enhancements are integrated.

1.6.1. Course Fees

Participation in this course will include a course fee of $150.00. This covers the following:

Facility Access: You will gain access to the following Spaces: Physical Computing Lab, Experimental Fabrication Lab.

Resource Access: You will gain access to the following Resources: Physical Computing Lab Hardware/Equipment, Laser Cutting/Engraving Equipment.

Borrowing: You will also gain access to IDeATe Lending (A29); providing you with immediate availability of various materials, tools, electronics, peripherals, equipment, and computing platforms related to your specific workflows.

Consumable Credit: A portion of your course fee is dedicated toward the purchase of course related project materials, consumables, and hardware.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding these fees, please contact P. Zach Ali (IDeATe Technical Director) via email at pzali@cmu.edu.