Halloween DIY Costume Contest 2023

Show us your creepy and otherworldly homemade designs for a chance to win $25!

Stop by build IT makerspace on Tuesday, October 31st (Halloween) between 10 am – 4 pm to enter.

Contest Rules:

  • One aspect of your costume must have been made by you
  • Take a photo with our Halloween backdrop
  • We’ll post it to our Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/buildit.sdsulibrary/
  • The most Likes by Wed, November 1st at 4 pm will win the contest and $25

Halloween Party 2022

It’s time to celebrate that holiday that truly brings out the most creative nature in each of us, HALLOWEEN!

The build IT makerspace is throwing a Halloween Pizza Party!

WHEN: Monday, October 31, 2022 at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
WHERE: build IT makerspace, LL 260
WHAT: Wear your best costume and get pizza!

We’ll also be watching the best Halloween-themed movies throughout the day.

See you there and dressed in your best!


3D Printed Pumpkin

Did you know that the build IT makerspace in the SDSU Library offers a free 3D print service?

Students, Faculty, and Staff of SDSU can request that the makerspace 3D print a part for them. It’s free for everyone with a 3-hour print duration weekly limit.

All you need to do is upload a file at https://buildit.sdsu.edu/home/3d-print-request/. Then you’ll receive an update when it’s done and ready for pickup.

Do know where to get started?

Try finding a part on https://www.thingiverse.com/

Or download our pumpkin file to get a 3D printed pumpkin that you can then decorate in build IT and add a light to at home!


Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who would have known that dark chocolate, white chocolate, pecans, and butter make an amazing cookie


  • 2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecans
  • Sea Salt or Salt Flakes (for topping)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and creamy.
  4. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture until just incorporated.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Drop large heaping scoops of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Top with sea salt flakes. (You can also add the salt flakes after baking for a prettier look, but I prefer to do before so they stick a little better.)
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  9. Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Original Recipe from https://studiodiy.com/best-ever-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Ranch-Dipped Pizza

Ranch-Dipped Pizza

Upgrade any pizza with a little ranch. Try this crazy combination!


  • Pizza (any work, even leftovers)
  • Ranch Dressing (I personally prefer Hidden Valley. I just discovered they make Ranch-Dipped Pizza dip)


  1. Take your pizza (reheat it if you’re using leftovers)
  2. Pour out some ranch dressing (I prefer it on the side as a dip. But you can drizzle it on all over too)
  3. Dip the pizza in the ranch
  4. Eat
  5. Repeat
  6. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Oreos

Peanut Butter Oreos

I have no clue if this was a thing before I discovered it by simply dipping oreos into peanut butter


Serving Size: As many as you want, just try to not make yourself sick. They can be a bit heavy

Calories: Who cares? These are delicious and worth every


  • A jar of Peanut Butter
  • Oreos (any work but I prefer double stuffed)


  1. Grab a jar of peanut butter
  2. Grab an Oreos
  3. Dip the Oreo into the peanut butter (or be a bit more sanitary, and use a knife to spread the peanut butter onto the knife)
  4. Enjoy!

build IT Coloring Pages

Missing build IT and all its wonderful creative activities.

Well, the little robots have been working while the humans can’t coexist in the space.

Add your own color to these pages to fill in the blank on what they’ve been up to.

TinkerCAD example

3D Models

3D Models

3D models are important for 3D printing. Before you can print something, you need to have the .stl file of what you want to print.

How to get a .stl file


Save your model as an .stl file!


Here are some websites to find a model already created for 3D printing/viewing.  Note that you need to have an .stl format file to print.



Learn something

Some content for this page was used from "3D Printing at the UF Libraries: Home" by UF Libraries is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

ala 2017 poster

ALA 2017

ALA 2017 Poster

This is the companion website to the poster, "How to Leverage your Academic Makerspace to Help Advance Your Local Community," presented at ALA Annual 2017, Chicago, IL

ala 2017 poster



build IT is the makerspace of the SDSU Library. While it’s purpose is to provide access to technology to students, faculty, and staff, it has helped create opportunities to promote STEM in the San Diego Region. As the librarian, I led the development of various outreach events. However, I make sure to involve SDSU students in every event. Their involvement can vary from co-developing instruction to manning the exhibit table. While the focus is on giving back to the community, the goal of these events is to increase the learning opportunities for SDSU students. Below is a sample from 2015 – 2017.


  • Personal fulfillment of giving back to the community that I grown up in
  • Supporting the University’s Strategic Initiative of “Contributing to the Advancement of the San Diego Region
  • Increasing the networking opportunities and learning experiences for SDSU students
  • Bring STEM education to under-represented communities
  • Advocate for information literacy within STEM disciplines

1. Teen Tech Week: Robotics Challenge


Location: Poway Branch, San Diego County Library

Date: Mar 11, 2017

Duration: 2 hours

Audience Demographics: Teens

Description: Created an interactive display for teens to explore robotics through active play and learn about FIRST Robotics from local high schoolers. The mentors of the HS Robotics Club are SDSU students.

More Info: 

poway county library

2. STEM Education Economics and Equity Seminar Exhibit

math edu event at sdge


Location: SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

Date: Nov 29, 2016

Duration: 2.5 hours

Audience Demographics: STEM Educators

Description: Discussed with STEM educators the benefits of a makerspace on education and share how college students learn through making at the build IT makerspace. Also, this was a networking event for librarians to connect with local maker educators.

More Info:  https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/education/crmse/seee_seminar.aspx

3. Aztec Science Summer Camp


Location: San Diego State University Library

Date: Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2016

Duration: 4 hours per a week

Audience Demographics: Kids, Ages 7 - 14

Description: Taught 3D printing where the kids were able to keep a 3D printed part. Some kids 3D modeled a part that was later 3D printed. SDSU students assisted with developing and teaching the curriculum.

More Info: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/crmse/aztec_science_camp/about_camp.html

aztec science camp

4. Explore SDSU

sdsu explore


Location: San Diego State University Library

Date: Mar 14, 2015 & Mar 19, 2016,

Duration: 8 hours per a day

Audience Demographics: All Ages, Future Students

Description: Participated in the SDSU open house where local community members can learn about the campus. This event is marketed to potential students to explore and learn about SDSU.

More Info: http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/explore/

5. Maker Faire San Diego


Location: Balboa Park

Date: Oct 3 - 4, 2015 & Oct 1 - 2, 2016

Duration: 8 hours per a day

Audience Demographics: All Ages, Southern California Resident

Description: Tabled during the San Diego-wide maker faire to promote the student work for the build IT makerspace and network with other makers in the community.

More Info: http://sandiego.makerfaire.com/


sd maker faire

6. Tech Forum 3D Scanning

fleet museum


Location: Tinkering Studio, Fleet Science Center

Date: Aug 13, 2016

Duration: 2 hours

Audience Demographics: All Ages, Museum Visitor

Description: Taught 3D printing and 3D scanning by demonstration of creating 3D scans of people and allowing them to keep the export file to print.

More Info: http://www.rhfleet.org/events/introduction-3d-printing-and-cad-drawing-workshop




7. We are STEM!


Location: The O’Farrell Charter School*

Date: Feb 25, 2016 & Feb 16, 2017

Duration: 2 hours

Audience Demographics: Female Student, Ages 10-14

Description: Middle School girls came to the build IT makerspace to learn about emerging technology. SDSU students designed a 3D printed solar system

bracelet that each girl got to paint and take home.

More Info: https://buildit.sdsu.edu/solar-system-bracelets/ & http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=76055

* This was a partnership between The O'Farrell Charter School, the SDSU Mesa Program, and the build IT makerspace. For the event, students were brought to San Diego State University. 

mesa girls event

8. Reward Field Trip

south county boys and girls club


Location: Boys & Girls Club of South County*

Date: Sep 16, 2016 & Apr 26, 2017

Duration: 2 hours per a day

Audience Demographics: Ages 10 - 14, Boys & Girls Club Kids

Description:  As a reward for completing an after-school tech program, kids came to the build IT makerspace to explore and play with its vast collection of emerging technology.

* This was a partnership between The Boys & Girls Club of South County and the build IT makerspace. For the event, students were brought to San Diego State University. 






Finding Creative Content to Reuse

Reusing Creative Content

Creative content such as lives in three realms of intellectual property rights protection.




    • Creative Commons (Some Rights Reserved) Copyright gives creators exclusion rights to their work, but with today's technology, users often want to reuse creative content. Historically, to do this, a user would need to contact the creator and ask for permission to use the work. Today, we have a new method for reusing creative content through the use of Creative Commons licenses.

3D Models

3D Models

Here are some websites to find a model already created for 3D printing/viewing.  Note that you need to have an .stl format file to print.

Icons, Graphics, & Fonts

Building a Global Visual Language from Noun Project on Vimeo.

  • http://www.freepik.com/ - Freepik offers users, high quality graphic designs: exclusive illustrations and graphic resources carefully selected by our design team in order to provide our users with great content that can be used in both personal and commercial projects.