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Connie J. Zheng
North of Nine Communications
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TechShop Opens in ASU Chandler Innovation Center
DIY makerspace to support student and community innovators and entrepreneurs
CHANDLER, Ariz. and MENLO PARK, Calif. , November 11, 2013 --

TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide, will officially open its new location in the ASU Chandler Innovation Center to the public on November 16. TechShop will give Arizona State University (ASU) students and Chandler area makers and entrepreneurs access to a wide range of machinery, tools and software to turn their ideas into reality. To celebrate the opening, TechShop will host an open house on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 11AM-4PM.

“We are excited to partner with Arizona State University to pioneer a new model for integrating hands-on making into the teaching process,” said Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. “These students have incredible talent and creativity, and we look forward to seeing the inventions and potential new companies that will result from this partnership.”,/p> “ASU’s partnership with TechShop demonstrates our commitment to expanding entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities within higher education and the community,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow.

The new makerspace will further Chandler’s reputation as an innovation hub in the Southwest and a bed of creativity.

“The City of Chandler has always been on the leading edge when it comes to supporting technology and innovation,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “This makes the city, and Downtown in particular, an ideal location for a makerspace like TechShop.”

TechShop has been the birthplace for scores of successful product prototypes, including Square, Embrace, underwater submarine robots, bipedal robot legs, and many more.

ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) will offer memberships to students who are taking classes at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, with discounted memberships available for other faculty and students.

“TechShop creates open access to fabrication and prototyping resources that will enrich the learning experience for our students and the lives of community members,” said Mitzi Montoya, dean of ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation.

The opening of the community workspace at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center marks TechShop’s first academic partnership, following corporate and government partnerships. Anyone can become a member of TechShop Chandler. A list of membership offers for Chandler can be found online at https://secure.techshop.ws/memberships.cfm?step=select_offer

About ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation
ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation, located on ASU’s Polytechnic campus, is making a new higher education experience that focuses on learning through making and solving real-world challenges through collaboration. With degrees in engineering and computer systems and human and environmental systems, CTI’s 600-acre campus is home to more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more at innovation.asu.edu

About City of Chandler
Chandler, Arizona is an All-America City of 240,000 residents, known for its commitment to technology, innovative thinkers and the entrepreneurial spirit. Chandler is home to some of the most notable names in manufacturing, technology and business services and supports early stage companies by maintaining a City-funded technology incubator, Innovations. The City's K-12 schools are among the state's highest rated, with scores well above the state and national average. Chandler's global mind set supports a diversity of restaurants, places of worship, festivals and shopping choices. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/ed

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide.

For information and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."

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