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The TechShop Makerspace Academy is a step-by-step learning experience designed to walk educational institutions, libraries and other innovative organizations through the critical steps of designing, equipping and operating safe and inspirational makerspaces based on the TechShop model.

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TechShop broke new ground in the Maker Movement in 2006 and hasn’t slowed down since. After 10 years of successful store operations and expansion around the globe, our leaders are some of the most experienced in the business.

As a leader in the design and operation of makerspaces worldwide, TechShop is pleased to share its years of experience in this 3.5-day, hands-on, in-person academy taught by our expert staff. Each Academy features the following:


7 working sessions with the experts:
  • Makerspace Design & Safety
  • Rightsizing Your Makerspace
  • Choosing Your Equipment
  • Managing Your Makerspace
  • Staffing Your Makerspace
  • Makerspace Education
  • Resources & Ordering

3 train-the-trainer equipment sessions:
  • Laser Cutters
  • 3D Printers
  • Arduino / Electronics

Materials & Resources
  • All course materials
  • Sample staff schedules
  • Sample curriculum
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Vetted equipment vendor list
  • Access to TechShop's network of staff experts
  • TechShop Makerspace Academy Certificate of Completion

Follow-Up Classes & Membership

Every TechShop Makerspace Academy graduate will also receive 4 fully transferable Choice class coupons and a 1-month full-access TechShop membership to use at any TechShop location nationwide.

"I love the concept of being able to design an environment that affects those who work in it . . . This is very useful as we work with an architect going forward."  
                                                  —TechShop Makerspace Academy Graduate

"You guys are amazing. Your familiarity with tools and tech over time will save us a lot of hassle and money."
                                                  —TechShop Makerspace Academy Graduate

Academy Details

All materials, breakfast and lunch, 3.5 days of training, course materials and TechShop certification are included with your $4,500 enrollment fee. A discounted “add-on” enrollment rate of $2,750 is available for up to 2 additional participants from the same organization.

We believe sessions are most productive with a small, engaged group. So we limit enrollment to 12 participants per academy.

9:30AM–5:00PM on Tuesday–Thursday and 9:30AM–noon on Friday.

For groups of 4 or more, please tell us more about your needs here.

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