CraterWorks, A MakerSpace

What is a MakerSpace?
MakerSpaces provide the tools and equipment required to design, prototype and manufacture virtually anything-all under one roof. They typically include both traditional equipment and tools along with new technology like 3D printers, digital fabrication, and computer-aided design labs. The shared space allows individuals to create, invent and learn in an environment that encourages collaboration and problem-solving. Most- MakerSpaces operate on a “membership model” (like a gym membership) and offer classes, space to store projects, and entrepreneurial assistance.

Re-imagine Career and Technical education– Ensure every D6 student (grades 6-12) has access to career technical education as part of his or her core academic program in a way that builds on our current CTE programs; connects D6 students to local entrepreneurs, experts in trades, and skilled artisans; and builds community.

What will CraterWorks include?

While we know some of the basics (a woodshop, a metal shop, tool library, CNC and computer area, commercial kitchen, electronics lab, sewing machines and crafts), a design team will consult with experts to detail plans. Part of that process will include input from CTE educators, local craftspeople, local fabricators, and artisans to determine the “most requested” tools and equipment in each area. We’re also consulting with Kelley Roy (ADX Portland).

How will CraterWorks operate?

Central Point School District will purchase and maintain the facility as well as oversee operations. CraterWorks will be a District 6 facility but will expand our partnership with D.I.R.T. (a non-profit) to manage memberships, organize schedules, hire shop stewards or other employees and manage classes and workshops that are outside of the school day or school year. The memberships and classes outside of District 6 are intended to make CraterWorks self-sustaining through D.I.R.T. (Direct Involvement Recreation Teaching). The district is utilizing grant funding for the initial remodel and equipment purchases. Further, this project will make additional CTE and STEM funds available to the school district in the future.

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Seeking Skilled Makers to be Instructors at CraterWorks

CraterWorks is a collaborative makerspace where individuals and organizations make and learn.  By sharing tools, knowledge and experience, we’re doing things better – by working together. CraterWorks celebrates craftsmanship, innovation and entrepreneurship in its many forms, and is looking to add passionate and qualified instructors to the community.

Join CraterWorks to share your knowledge and experience with our members, and potential new members as an Instructor. CraterWorks is seeking new class proposals as well as qualified individuals to teach existing classes to our community members.

Seeking programming for custom team-building workshops and classes. Classes may include shop orientations, tool and technique classes, and project-based classes.  Classes are typically 2 or 4 hours long and take place on weekday evenings and weekends. Most classes are single sessions and are offered 1-3 times per month, though more advanced project-based classes may meet at least once a week for 4-8 weeks. Class sizes are intentionally kept small to encourage hands-on engagement from every student, and generally limited to 4 or 5 students.

Qualified candidates have previous teaching experience, identify as a builder/maker, are passionate about teaching others, and will be prepared to demonstrate their skills and teaching style within a mock-workshop with select CraterWorks staff. Please send your resume and/or portfolio, references, and a statement of interest including which existing classes here at CraterWorks you’d love to teach to explore@craterworks.org

Artisan Opportunities @ the MarketPlace – Saturdays May through October 

Located at the north tip of Central Point’s Artisan Corridor, the MarketPlace (Central Point’s Saturday Market) offers the opportunity to showcase all types of makers under the largest covered outdoor market space in the valley. This open air market includes craftspeople of all disciplines, arts, crafts, makers, farmers, foragers, bakers, coffee and so much more, under one roof.   Operating every Saturday, rain, smoke, or shine from May through October. The MarketPlace offers our artisans the opportunity to be part of our community with ease, no tent required and electricity available for small fee. The first step in joining this dynamic and energetic community is to complete this form.

Need Space, we have that too!

Join our thriving community of thinkers and makers. 100sf spaces available in close in warehouse space. Lots of natural light, tons of distributed electricity, distributed air throughout, some spaces with spectacular views. Perfect for artists, designers, makers, screen printers, jewelry makers, wood workers, metal workers, textile artists, and more! Make this space your space and store your specialty tools. Available for May 16 move in. Pricing varies based on space.
Email explore@craterworks.org to schedule an appointment.

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We need your help to make the CraterWorks, A MakerSpace the best it can be for our students & community. We want to hear your thoughts 💭 and opinions. If you could take a moment to complete this survey. There are 15 short questions ahead, regarding your interest in the programs and infrastructure at the …