Professional Development

Parts and Crafts has been running youth makerspace programs since 2008.  In that time, we’ve worked with thousands of kids to help them learn to program computers, make furniture, build circuits and robots, launch water-bottle rockets, invent and sculpt fantasy worlds, and take things apart to see how they work.  Along the way we’ve learned a lot about the kinds of spaces, tools, projects, and teaching that make hands-on, kid-driven learning work (and fail!)

We offer a wide variety of types of workshops for educators — whether you are interested in ideas about how to set up a makerspace, how to integrate making and building projects into traditional academic curricula, or how to teach specific topics and skills.   Our workshops are hands-on, project-based explorations of particular topics — we will design and make something together while discussing how similar projects and ideas can be integrated into different kinds of classroom environments and what kids get out of and learn from them.

These programs can take many forms, from 2 hour workshops, to all-day “camp-for-grownups”, to ongoing, multi-session classes for groups of between 6 a 60 learners.  Every program has different needs — we want to work with you to design an experience that is fun, interesting, and valuable to you or your staff.   Typical workshop costs work out to approximately $15/hour per attendant, but because staffing and materials costs of different kinds of workshops vary wildly, we will figure out the cost of your workshop as part of our discussion and design process.

Email us — contact@partsandcrafts.org — with your ideas about content and logistics and we can work together to design a program that’s right for you. For inspiration and sample workshops we’ve designed and run in the past, have a look at the following, as well as our Past Classes and Workshops page.

Topic Areas

  • Makerspace Design
    • Setup
    • Tools
    • Curricular Integration
  • Electronics
    • Simple DC circuits
    • Voltage, current, resistance
    • Simple sensors
    • Robotics and physical computing
  • Design
    • 3D modelling/printing
    • Intro to woodshop
    • Layout and graphic design
    • Game Design
    • Invention and creation
  • Arts and Crafts
    • Sewing and fabric arts
    • Papercraft and Paper Mechanics
    • Drawing, Painting, Animation
    • Jewelry Making
  • Engineering
    • Take ­ apart, building, reverse engineering
    • How do things move?
    • Mechanical systems
  • Programming
    • Stories, animations, and video games in Scratch
    • Programming Minecraft
    • Java, Processing, Arduino