“Can I do my math now? Pleeease?”
Odds are, you’ve never heard that–no matter how many kids are in your family.
Urban Workshop, in Costa Mesa, wants to change that.
They’re implementing a 12-week, “Youth Learn and Build STEM Program”, where young beginners can learn to make marshmallow shooters, laser-cut Halloween decorations, and other cool stuff–as well as learning bike repair and maintenance. The program is geared towards homeschool students, ages 8 to 16, with classes meeting once a week.
So, how does this work? Each class introduces participants to a new style of tool, and provides a project aimed at developing the necessary skills to use that basic hand tool safely and competently. Among the skills students will be taught to use are the use of woodworking hand tools, the 3D printer, silkscreening and RTV mold making. These are beginner-level classes, starting September 22nd and concluding in mid-December. Tuesday classes are currently accepting registrants; once those are filled, Thursday classes will also be available.
Both morning and afternoon sessions are offered, with a maximum number of 20 students per class. These beginner-level classes will be the first of four STEM programs to be offered in upcoming sessions, designed to teach progressively more complicated projects. Here’s the link, for more information.
Not familiar with Urban Workshop? They’re the third-largest DIY workshop and maker space in North America, with an 18,500-square-foot facility. Members can learn laser cutting, 3D printing, silkscreening, woodshop skills, automotive technology…and the list goes on. They also offer a full roster of classes, and you don’t have to be between 8 and 16 (or an Urban Workshop member) to take them. And–you’re invited to come by, anytime, for a free tour of their facility!