GEMS: MakeHaven Intro Program


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Cohort   Date Range Meeting Time Signup
Cohort 14   July 1 - September 9 (no Labor Day session) Mondays 6p - 8p
Cohort 15   September 18 - November 20 Wednesdays 6p - 8p


About the Program

Ready for a fantastic 10-week ride? Join the GEMS program where you and the rest of your cohort will earn digital badges – those oh-so-valuable micro-credentials that show off your safety and tool skills!  Laurel, our GEMS Coach, will be there each step of the way to cheer you on every step of the way and make sure each person has a positive and effective experience.

Imagine yourself in a cozy cohort of 8 to 12 awesome folks, dedicating an evening a week to our hands-on makerspace. We're covering Wood, Textiles, Digital, and Metal – all the basics to start your maker muse!

Get ready for a journey of learning and creating. Turn those goals into badges and make these 10 weeks a super enjoyable experience!

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.

You can contact with questions. Individuals looking for a deeper experience may consider


Cohort   Date Range Meeting Time Signup
Cohort 14   July 1 - September 9 (no Labor Day session) Mondays 6p - 8p
Cohort 15   September 18 - November 20 Wednesdays 6p - 8p