Family Policies & Shop Access


Welcome, little makers

We are thrilled to announce that little makers as young as 8 years of age can now become TechShop members! Learn more here.

Please note that all member responsibilities, safety guidelines, rules, shop etiquette and policies outlined in the TechShop Individual Membership Agreement apply to add-on family members. Please ask for a new copy of the agreement. (We strongly recommend doing so as the agreement is periodically updated.)

Minors at TechShop


Minors in Classes


Area, Equipment & Class Access for Minors

As there are different levels of inherent risk in both the environment and the operation of TechShop’s various tools and equipment, we have created the following three categories to designate area, equipment and class access for minors.

8-15 Supervised: Minors 8 to 15 years of age permitted only when under the direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian or approved adult in all areas of the shop except for the machine shop.

16-17 Solo: Minors 16 to 17 years of age permitted without parental supervision in all areas of the shop, except the machine shop.

16-17 Supervised: Minors 16 to 17 years of age must be under the direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian or approved adult when in the machine shop.

Shop & Equipment Access - Minors