Student ideas will come to life at the 2023 Maker Takeover on April 26

Maker Takeover is the Maker Hub’s largest annual celebration that brings students, staff and faculty together to showcase their creative projects.

Elon University’s annual Maker Takeover is the Maker Hub’s largest event of the year and will take place on Wednesday, April 26 in the Moseley Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

With over 40 student-made projects on display, including the projects of the 2023 Kickbox recipients and consultant-made projects made at the Maker Hub, the event will include various fun activities, such as retro-arcade games, mini-corn hole and a power tool petting zoo.

“What was most memorable to me about last year’s Maker Takeover was the mini corn-hole challenge, and all of the different engaging activities… it was way more than just a show and tell,” said Lankston Peterson ’25 who attended last year’s event.

Students who attend the Maker Takeover will have the opportunity to make buttons and stickers, actively 3D print something, participate in an escape room and so much more. There will also be opportunities to make DIY crafts, enter raffles, taste liquid nitrogen ice cream, and even learn to lasso on a wooden cow with student Jorden Carter ’26. Attendees will also get a chance to browse items for sale from student vendors at the Oak Originals pop-up event.

This year’s event will display the 2023 Elon Kickbox recipients. Kickbox is a program through the Maker Hub, in which students submit an idea to receive a $300 stipend, along with support and guidance to make their idea come to life. Ideas might have entrepreneurial or creative focuses, which students want to make a reality.

One of the 11 Kickbox projects to be displayed at the Maker Takeover this year includes an LED sanitizing bathroom phone holder, created by Abigail Winters ‘23. “In microbiology, we learned about how you control microbial growth, and one way to control it is through radiation, specifically non-ionizing UV light, so that’s how I decided to do my project,” Winters said of creating her project. To learn more about Winters’ progress, and see all of the other 2023 Kickbox projects, visit the Maker Hub’s website.

Student Consultants in the Maker Hub will also be putting their creative ideas into play, showcasing their very own projects. One creative idea for a student consultant includes an encyclopedia coffee table, made by Sarah Clarke ‘24. Clarke’s inspiration came from her mother, who works as a North Carolina Public School librarian. “My mom had a bunch of old encyclopedias from 2002 that never get used anymore, and she sent me down here with them, so I’m making a coffee table for her library.”

Check out Clarke’s DIY coffee table, and learn more about how she made it, along with over 30 other consultant-made projects at this year’s Maker Takeover.

Stay updated with the Maker Hub’s happenings and find out more about the Maker Takeover by following its Instagram page @elonmakers, or visiting one of the two Maker Hub locations in the Colonnades E building or downtown above Pandora’s Pies.