Getting Started



So, what are makerspaces?

"A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. " - Diana Rendina 

"A space where you can think with your hands.” - Charlie Bennett

“A space filled with dreaming, tinkering, failure, and innovation.” -  Andy Plemmon

Curriculum and Instructions

The curriculum and instructions to safely use the tools in the space are organized under "badges" that you can earn. The first badge that you will be required to complete is a "Welcome and Safety" badge which contains an overview of the processes and procedures required to safely use the space such as the location of the first aid kit and how to get additional help in case of an emergency.   

Safety Philosophy

It is our belief that all accidents or injuries, however small, can be prevented.   To ensure your safety and the safety of others we ask that you learn and follow the safety guidelines of the Billodue Makerspace.  Each badge will have a safety introduction identifying the safety guidelines for using the associated equipment. 

All of the safety equipment for the lab is located near the phone near the entry door.  At this location you will find the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and safety glasses.  

In case of an emergency in the lab, please dial the appropriate emergency number posted on the placard above the phone.  The emergency number for Seattle U is (206) 296-5911 or just 5911 when dialing from a campus phone.

Because the Billodue Makerspace is a working lab, food and drink of any kind are not allowed in the lab.  

Finally, it is always a good practice to wash your hands after working in the Billodue Makerspace.

Lab Equipment and Tools

Tools kits associated with specified tasks such as sewing may be checked out from the main desk using your student ID card.  You may not remove lab equipment or tools from the Billodue Makerspace to use in another location.  Other locations include, your dorm room, senior design room, or another lab in the Sinegal Center.  The tools and equipment in the space need to be available for students to use while in the Billodue Makerspace.  If a piece of equipment is labeled "Do Not Use" please do not use or attempt to fix the equipment yourself.  If a piece of equipment breaks or is not functioning properly please notify a Billodue Makerspace staff member.  

Equipment Usage

To use the equipment independently without supervision of the Billodue Makerspace staff you must at least complete the Level One training under the badge for the area of interest.  For example, if you would like to use a sewing machine in the space you must complete the Level One under the sewing badge.  This policy ensures that you can safely operate the equipment.  It protects you and the equipment from harm.  You can complete the first part of the Level One training remotely in Canvas.  The hands-on portion of the training must be completed in the space.  Often times workshops will be offered that cover the hand-on portion training.  Please check the Billodue Makerspace calendar for upcoming workshops.


Housekeeping is very important  in the Billodue Makerspace.  Research has shown that fewer accidents occur in clean spaces and therefore housekeeping is directly related to safety.  Secondly, the space is shared among all students and faculty.   We all need to work together to keep the space organized.  Please return materials and tools to the location where you found them.  

Lockers for storing student projects can be reserved on a quarterly basis on a first come basis by contacting the Billodue Makerspace Manager.  You may not store your projects in the general open space in the lab.  Projects left will be discarded.  You may also not store materials in the general space in the space.  Materials left in the general space in the lab become community property and will be made available for others to use.  


It is your personal responsibility to work safely in the lab.  If we find that you do not follow the safety and housekeeping guidelines for the lab you will lose your opportunity to use the lab for the remainder of the current quarter.  If you continue to not follow the safety and housekeeping guidelines in the lab you will lose your opportunity to use the lab for the remainder of the school year.


If you have any safety concerns regarding the Billodue Makerspace or a piece of equipment is not working properly please notify with a staff member in the Billodue Makerspace.   Our staff members are available to help.