We have a bevy of new workshops for September! Check out all the details on our workshop page, here.
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Teach a workshop at Parts and Crafts!
Parts and Crafts, the family hackerspace at 577 Somerville Ave. is seeking tinkerers, artists, makers, designers, sewers & programmers to lead workshops for kids and adults in our space. We offer workshops during our afterschool hours from 3 to 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
We’re interested in workshop leaders who work in the following areas:
Knitting & Crocheting
Drawing & painting
We’ll offer these classes to our currently enrolled kids and the public for a fee and do a 50/50 split with workshop leaders. Proposed classes can be one-time only or an ongoing series. We can talk about materials and how to cover and provide them.
If you have a skill, expertise or interest in any of these or related areas, please email email@example.com to discuss the possibility of teaching at Parts and Crafts this year!
As the summer comes to a close, we’re excited to announce our next round of Fall Programming! Registration is currently open for the Parts and Crafts Center for Semi-Conducted Learning — our school alternative and home/un-schooling resource center, as well as our afterschool programs. We are also expanding the age-range of our school alternative with the creation of a brand-new Teen CSCL program (for kids ages 14 and above.)
Our calendar of weekend events, workshops, and classes will be forthcoming but until then, we continue to be open on Saturdays for open-shop!
Additionally we are creating a new carpooling mailing-list for parents who want to arrange rideshares to/from our various programs. Sign up on our mailing list page.
We had great participation in our after school program last year and this year we’re looking to improve and expand on it. This year we’ll be open 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:30. We’ll be running a set of themed daily workshops, similar to last year, but on a slightly different schedule. In addition, we’re planning on adding more 4-8 week topic-specific classes and workshops within the afterschool day that will require separate registration and fees.
After school starts on Monday, September 8th, with the following daily themes, and classes & workshops that require pre-registration will begin shortly after.
- Monday: Intro to Electronics, Arduino + Robotics
- Tuesday: Textiles, Knitting & Crafts:
- Wednesday: Computer Club
- Thursday: Woodworking
- Friday: Game Day (Fridays)
Center for Semi-Conducted Learning
The Center for Semi-Conducted Learning (CSCL) is beginning its fourth year this Fall, on September 8th. It is a space for kids to learn, play, work on projects, hang out, get things done, all in the company of friendly, curious, and inspiring peers and grownups. It is not an alternative school, but an alternative to school — an educational resource center designed to facilitate and promote self-directed learning and the creative use of technical skills. For some kids it’s a full-time school-replacement, and for others it’s an interesting place to drop by once a week and hang out with their friends. CSCL runs Monday-Thursday, with a field trip on Friday, offering a combination of classes, workshops, tutoring, tools, resources, friends, time, and space.
For the first time, ever, we are offering a school-alternative program for teens (ages 14 and above.) This will be an outgrowth of the CSCL, geared towards the needs and interests of teenagers — larger, more ambitious projects, developing a meaningful sense of medium and long-term personal goals, and real consideration to the questions “what am I doing now? what do I want to be doing next?”
We’re kicking the year off with a series of exciting projects and classes to showcase the kinds of things we can work on, which we will run alongside a combination of formal and informal academics, mentorship, and community-building. Initial workshops and projects will include Film-Making, Shakespeare-Reading, DIY Aerial Mapping and kite photography, and the construction of our Who-Carnio-Flunx –a giant (20 foot long!) Dr. Seuss-inspired, pedal-powered musical-instrument/vehicle.
For more information, and registration visit the Teen CSCL page.