GEMS: MakeHaven Intro Program


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Cohort Date Range Meeting Time Signup
Cohort 10 - Any Members Oct 4 - Nov 22 Wednesdays at 6pm Full
Cohort 11 - Any New Member Jan 3 - Mar 13 Wednesdays at 6pm


About the Program

Participants will set goals for earning digital badges, which are micro-credentials that demonstrate a member has completed a required safety orientation and introduction to use a specific tool. They will also receive encouragement to reach their goal. This 10 week program offers both independent and group learning. Each two-month cohort will consist of 8 to 12 people who participate in a part-time (5+ hours per week), hands-on makerspace-based experience, including an introductory session to each of four areas of the makerspace: Wood, Textiles, Digital, and Metal.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and MakeHaven members to participate (scholarships based on need available).


During the program, participants will go through tool introductions, both as a group and independently with volunteer guidance. These digital badges serve as a record of the participant's progress in completing the required safety orientations for different tools. The goal of the program is to earn 12+ badges with at least two in each of the focus areas (wood, metal, textiles, digital), and complete a project in each section that can be presented in a show-and-tell session during the last meeting.

Schedule Overview 

(subject to changes, according to need and instructor availability)

Other Skill options can be viewed at:

Week 1: Getting Setup

MakeHaven Onboarding for any who need it

Group Tour/Discussion/Introductions



Section 1: Digital Fab

Week 2 & 3:

Group Meeting 1: Digital fabrication overview and Vinyl Cutter

Group Meeting 2: Digital Fabrication Continued and Laser Cutter

Digital Fab Independent Badge Suggestions:
Resin 3d Printing
3d Printer
Large Format Printer


Section 2: Textiles

Week 4 & 5:

Group Badging 1: Textiles overview and Sewing Machines badging

Group Badging 2: Sailrite (Heavy Duty) Sewing Machine

Textile Independent Badge Suggestions:

CNC Embroidery



Section 3: Woodworking

Week 6 & 7:

Group Badging 1: Woodshop and Compound Miter Saw

Group Badging 2: Scroll Saw

Woodworking Independent Badge Suggestions:

Wood Lathe
Tool Sharpening
Drill Press
Table Saw
Drum Sander

Section 4: Metalworking

Week 8 & 9

Group Badging 1: Metal Shop and Small Metal Drill Press

Group Badging 2: Chop Saw

Metalworking Independent Badge Suggestions:
Mig Welding
Sheet Metal Break
Tube Roller
Water Jet Cutter
Vertical Band Saw
Horizontal Band Saw



Week 10: Graduation!

Group will gather for a "show and tell" of their work and learning. A GEMS certificate will be issued to those that meet the criteria.





The gem levels are as follows:
  • Emerald: Earn at least 8 badges (2 in each area). Participant but not program graduate.
  • Sapphire Gem: Earn 12+ badges. Honorable but not program graduate.
  • Ruby Gem: Earn 12+ badges and complete all 4 projects. Graduate of program.
  • Diamond Sparkle Gem: Earn 16+ and complete all 4 discipline specific projects as well as final project. Program Graduate with Honors.

The program is open to existing MakeHaven members and new incoming members who sign up for the program. For existing members only badges earned during the program count.

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