Explore Technology at a Marin Maker Space
Photo courtesy of the Bay Area Discovery Museum
Learning STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) skills is something that's best done via hands-on activities and lessons. Not all of us have the luxury of a fully-equipped workshop in which to experiment, but then that's where maker spaces come in!
Maker spaces offer tools, computers, high-tech fabrication equipment like 3D printers and laser cutters, and guidance and mentorship by experienced makers. Take a class or join in on a workshop or drop in during open studio hours to work on your own maker projects.
In Marin, you'll find a number of maker spaces that offer classes, camps, and open hours for kids and families to innovate. It's like shop class for the 21st century!
The Bay Area Discovery Museum's newly renovated Fab Lab offers hands-on STEAM activities and resources children of all ages, from toddlers to 10-year-olds. Even adults can learn something new! Attend classes or camps or drop in for open hours Wednesday through Sunday to explore tools and technology in the studio. Open studio hours are designed for kids ages 5 and older and are included with regular museum admission. Check their website for class and cam, schedules and Fab Lab open studio hours. Location: Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito 94965
Located adjacent to the South Novato Library in the Hamilton neighborhood, CEC Maker Space offers both children and adults the opportunity to get hands-on with 3D printing, laser and vinyl cutting, small electronics, hand and power tools, and more. CEC Maker Space offers after-school workshops for middle school students, the LunaTech program for girls in grades 5 to 8, drop-in hours for youth in grades 5 to 12, and summer camps for ages 11 to 14. Don't miss their free monthly family workshops. Registration is required for most programs. Location: 931 C Street, Novato 94949
Tam Makers offers programs and classes for teens and adults at a new maker space at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. Drop by their monthly meetups on the first Thursday of each month for tours, demos, and discussions. You can also join their weekly Maker Club workshops, which are suitable for kids 15 and up on their own or 11 to 14 with a parent. They also offer classes for teens and adults on a variety of maker topics. Location: 700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 94941