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BeAM Student Fee Referendum Information

Be A Maker (BeAM) is a network of four makerspaces at Carolina currently open to any UNC student, staff, or faculty member. You and anyone on campus can join the UNC maker community to design and create physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship, and recreation. BeAM is where you can make, invent, and be creative.

On February 11th, there will be a referendum for a $17 annual student fee, which will maintain BeAM’s current services, continuing open access to all on campus. The vote will be held using Heel Life and will coincide with Student Government and other campus elections. We encourage all students to educate themselves and exercise their right to vote in all ballot areas on February 11th.

What’s Happening at BeAM

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Cloud-based printing comes to Carolina’s makerspaces

A Maker Mindset

Rising senior Maria Palmtag is helping to enhance BeAM’s textile program

The pinnacle of making

BeAM Keeps Tar Heels Creating



Engage with the growing maker movement on UNC’s campus, and make new friends from different backgrounds and disciplines. Need a fresh perspective or expert eye on your project? Connect with other makers who are happy to help, share, or teach you new skills.



Be part of a vibrant community of makers as you tinker, design, and build in highly collaborative environments. From 3D printers to laser cutters to sewing, we’ve got the tools you need to prototype new ideas and turn your designs into tangible objects.



Achieve your research goals with BeAM’s state-of-the-art equipment and technology. We can help you with your research projects, whether that’s iterating on studio art techniques, building instruments for scientific experiments, or prototyping entrepreneurial inventions.



Discover new tools and develop your skills with our free training workshops. Get on-site support in 3D printing, laser cutting, sewing, vinyl cutting, woodworking, and more. Work with BeAM staff to integrate the makerspace into your course curriculum or course projects.

BeAM Diversity and Inclusion

The University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities and qualifications. Consistent with these principles and applicable laws, it is therefore the University’s policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status as consistent with the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct. No person, on the basis of protected status, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any University program or activity, including with respect to employment terms and conditions. Such a policy ensures that only relevant factors are considered and that equitable and consistent standards of conduct and performance are applied.