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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.

For more information or to request a Makerspace Academy at your local TechShop, contact

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

Each academy graduate also receives TWO (2) fully transferable Premium class coupons and ONE (1) month of full access membership to use at your nearest TechShop!


"The academy allowed us to define the scope of what we are trying to do for the first we have an idea what kinds of experiences and training we can reasonably offer and how we fit into the maker community."  
     —Jeremy L., TechShop Makerspace Academy Graduate

"Spending the week with passionate folks who care about what they do and how it impacts lives is a wonderful opportunity. Conversations and actions provided numerous ah-ha moments throughout the week."
     —Blair P., 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 $3,000 enrollment fee. A 10% discount is available for add-on participants from the same organization.

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


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