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Connie J. Zheng
North of Nine Communications for TechShop
connie.zheng@nof9.com
(415) 268-4821

TechShop Launches The TechShop Makerspace Academy
A comprehensive guide to designing a makerspace based on proven innovative learning platform
SAN JOSE, Calif. , May 4, 2015 --

TechShop, Inc., a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide, today announced the launch of The TechShop Makerspace Academy, the world’s first comprehensive, step-by-step custom workshop developed to walk educators and librarians through the critical steps of designing, equipping and operating successful, safe and inspirational public makerspaces based on the TechShop model.

As increasing numbers of schools and public libraries receive the green light to develop their own makerspaces focused on supporting STEAM education, community innovation and the arts, they face the exciting and often complex challenges of planning the space, buying and installing tools and machinery, training staff, implementing appropriate curriculum and workshops, and adopting safety standards and protocols. The TechShop Makerspace Academy was specifically developed for educators, library staff, school administrators, or anyone leading the charge in devising, building, and managing safe and productive publicly-accessible makerspaces in a school or library.

“A leader in the design and operation of world-class makerspaces worldwide, TechShop created The TechShop Makerspace Academy’s curriculum using the know-how and standards we have developed over the past nine years with 7,000 members at eight locations across North America,” said Dan Woods, TechShop COO. “Through this initiative, we hope to bolster education efforts to accelerate the maker movement and advance STEAM education in schools and libraries nationwide, and foster the future generations of innovators.”

The TechShop Makerspace Academy benefits include:

  • Graduates of the intensive three-and-a-half day academy will receive The TechShop Makerspace Academy Certification showing successful completion of the most comprehensive and relevant training in makerspace construct and operation currently available
     
  • Extensive hands-on training in the selection, installation, instruction, troubleshooting and maintenance of a wide range of equipment and tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, a desktop mill, and CAD software

  • Opportunity to leverage TechShop’s proven curriculum

  • Interaction with TechShop employees; learning how to deliver award-winning transformative experiences

Curriculum topics will include:

  • Formulating inspirational, productive and safe makerspaces
     
  • Determining the right size for your makerspace based on mission, space and budget
     
  • Planning for open accessibility while maintaining accountability and safety
     
  • Establishing rules and policies to safely and effectively manage a makerspace
     
  • Selecting and planning equipment, including CAD, 3D printers, laser cutters, table top mills and electronics/robotics (e.g., microprocessors like Arduino)
     
  • Ordering, installing, configuring, troubleshooting and maintaining equipment
     
  • Safety and Basic Use (SBU) training/curriculum—the nuts and bolts of equipment training and safety—and identifying the most common challenges new students have on each machine
     
  • Developing STEAM projects and workshops
     
  • Planning and organizing engaging group events at your makerspace
     
  • Mobile outreach—taking your makerspace on the road

For more details about The TechShop Makerspace Academy and upcoming session dates, please visit http://www.techshop.ws/Maker_Space_Academy.html.

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio that provides access to a vibrant community of creative makers and millions of dollars' worth of facilities, equipment, tools and software in each location. Based in San Jose, Calif., with locations globally, TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and training for people of all ages and skill levels to build whatever they can dream.For information on memberships and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at @TechShop and on Facebook as TechShop Incorporated.

TechShop currently offers a number of investment opportunities. For more information, or to RSVP for one of our upcoming live webinars, visit invest.techshop.com.

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