What is the ACC Maker Diploma?
The Maker Diploma is a hands-on training program designed to empower people with the knowledge they need to take ideas from concepts to prototypes.
The American Center, U.S. Embassy in Cairo has been a strategic partner for the program since day one, and now it funds up to 72 students per year to be part of the diploma.
A Maker Diploma graduate will be able to conceptualize, model, and create a medium-fidelity prototype of a smart device or a solution; which fulfills a personal demand or solves a local challenge.
We are adapting the horizontal learning approach by offering the basics and fundamentals of different tracks, instead of going deep into one topic, including:
Use Computer software to design and simulate physical objects
Fabricate objects from wooden sheets using Laser Cutting machine
Fabricate plastic objects using 3D-Printing technology
Make electronic circuits that do smart actions based on inputs from users and sensors
Integrate and Build a device that does smart function(s)
Document and Communicate development processes
Laser Cutting 3D Printing Fusion360 Arduino Electronics Programming Documentation
The applicant should:
Be 20 years old at least
Be able to cope up with the self-learning practices
Be able to commit about 20 hours every week for the program
Be able to regularly access the Fab Lab Egypt
Have access to a laptop and a good internet connection
Have basic computer and internet skills such as installing programs, copying files, and making docs with Google Drive
Understand both Arabic and English: The program will be delivered in Arabic, but any written materials will be in English. You need to have intermediate reading and writing skills in English, and strong listening and speaking skills in Arabic.
Program Content Details
Students Boot Camp
We start with a demo week where students get familiar with the Maker Diploma program structure and rules.
They also get introduced to the instructors, the tools they are going to learn, and the Fab Lab Machines.
Making From Scratch
Students have a holistic look at the full picture of smart device.
They understand the core blocks required to build a smart device using digital fabrication and programmable electronics through case studies.
Making Things From Materials
Students acquire the skills of 2D and 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) using Autodesk Fusion 360 design software.
They also produce digitally fabricated objects through Laser Cutting wood sheets and Plastic 3D Printing.
Powering Things Using Electrons
Students learn the principles of electricity and power electronic components effectively.
They practices building electrical circuits using breadboards and measuring electricity using multimeters.
Making Things Get Smarter
Students learn to wire electronic components to Arduino boards and program them to do smart actions.
They learn how to take inputs from the environment using sensors and produce an output using action components.
Making Things Talk To Things
Students learn how to make their smart circuits communicate with other smart devices, such as computers.
They design and build interfaces on other devices in order to interact with those smart circuits.
Each student demonstrate how the various skills learned through the program could be integrated into a useful project from his own choice.
Here are some examples of how final projects may look like.
1: Application Form
Apply for the program by filling out the online form.
Check the Home page to find the open application forms for the upcoming rounds
After your submission, we will review your materials.
If you pass, you'll receive an invitation for an online interview to make sure you fulfill the program requirements.
If you passed the interview, you have to confirm your seat by paying the refundable commitment fees.
(Not less than 750 EGP)
refunded if you graduate.