Getting Started

How do we start an Edgerton Center club or team?

Edgerton clubs and teams are primarily for student-led hands-on engineering projects that are sustainable beyond a single undergraduate career at MIT. If you’re interested in forming a team under the auspices of the Edgerton Center, and are not already affiliated with ASA, fill out the Club and Team Application Form.  The application is reviewed by a team of dedicated Edgerton staff, who will reach out to set up a meeting if the project fits the mission set by the Edgerton Center.  Reach out to Chris Mayer (mayerc@), our Clubs & Teams Liaison with any additional questions.

What type of support do clubs and teams receive from the Edgerton Center?

While individual support varies with a teams’ needs and resources, the Edgerton Center can help with providing guidance and support, machine tools, workspace, shop training, and access to an electronics lab.

On the administrative side, the Edgerton Center will help set up an account for team funds, approve reimbursements and help purchase materials and supplies, offer travel-related assistance, as well as communications and fundraising support.

What can teams do to support the Edgerton Center?

The Edgerton Center will occasionally ask teams for photos, videos, and news items for publication on our website to raise visibility and to help support the program.  We might also request a shop or garage tour for visitors interested in supporting the Edgerton Center and its teams.

Do clubs and teams need to have a faculty advisor?

Yes, we require teams to find a faculty advisor. A faculty advisor can also be an invaluable resource, offering encouragement as well as technical advice and practical guidance.

Can teams also be recognized by other departments, including ASA?

No. Our resources are limited to student teams that are not supported elsewhere.  This includes other departments, as well as the Association of Student Activities (ASA).

Can a new club or team get workspace for its project?

Space requests are handled on a case-by-case basis and vary based on need and availability.

What’s the difference between a club and a team?

It’s only a name, but teams may be more likely to enter competitions, while clubs may be more interested in their investigations without the end result of a competition.

How do clubs and teams raise funds?

Teams receive funds through a combination of sources. The Edgerton Center is able to provide seed funding, but teams are expected to pursue other funding sources. Many departments support students within their course, which is a great place to start. A cost object is established for each team, making interdepartmental transfers easy.