Guided Makerspace Skills Exploration Application


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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 to use a specific tool. They will also receive encouragement to reach their goal. This 8 week program offers both independent and group learning. We aim to run a new cohort every other month. 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, which includes 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 8 weeks, 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 that can be presented in a show-and-tell session during the last meeting.

After completing the requirements of the program the participant will earn a certificate issued by MakeHaven, indicating the level of 'gem' earned.(Levels set to motivate) which will remain as a digital badge on your MakeHaven profile.

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 a project. Graduate of program.
  • Diamond Sparkle Gem: Earn 16+ and complete a 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

Schedule Overview

Week Topic Activity Skills / Time

Pre Work

Week 0


Getting Setup

(non members)


MakeHaven Onboarding (individually scheduled)
GEMS welcome overview video

1 Orientation

1 Video


Week 1

Digital Fabrication


GROUP: Digital fabrication over view  and Vinyl Cutter badge
INDEPENDENT: choice/schedule of:

1 Meeting

2 Skills

Week 2

Digital Fabricaiton Continued and Planning Session


GROUP MEETING: Share project ideas 

INDEPENENT Work with volunteer on choice of: 

Resin 3d Printing

CNC Milling Wood

Nylon/Carbon Fiber 3d Print

Large Format Printer

1 Call

1 Project plan

Week 3  Textiles

GROUP Session:  Textiles overview and Sewing Machines badge

INDEPENDENT: choice/schedule of:

Vinyl Screen Printing or Sailrite Sewing Machine

1 Meeting

2 Skills

Week 4

Textiles Continued

GROUP: work on projecst alongside cohort

INDEPENENT Work with volunteer on choice of:


CNC Embroidery


Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

2 Skills

Project work

Week 5 Woodworking

GROUP Session: Woodshop Overview and
Compound Miter Saw

INDEPENDENT: choice/schedule of:

Table Saw or Drill Press

1 Meeting

1 Shop Orientation

1 Skills

Week 6 Woodworking Continued

GROUP: work on projecst alongside cohort

INDEPENENT Work with volunteer on choice of:

Wood Lathe

Tool Sharpening



 Drill Press

Table Saw

 Drum Sander


2 Skills

Project work

Week 7 Metal

GROUP:Metal Shop Overview  and Small Metal Drill Press 

INDEPENDENT: choice/schedule of:

Chop Saw or Mig Welding


1 Meeting

1 Shop Orientation

1 Skill

Week 8 Metal Continued and Exibit

GROUP: Show and tell of projects

INDEPENENT Work with volunteer on choice of:

Mig Welding

Sheet Metal Break

Tube Roller

Water Jet Cutter

Chop Saw

 Vertical Band Saw 

Horizontal Band Saw


Group will gather for a "show and tell" of their projects and learning. A GEMS certificate will be issued to those that meet the criteria.
The exit survey will collect feedback and help us connect participant to any relevant career, entrepreneurship, or continuing education resources.  

1 Presentation

1 Pizza Party/graduation

Exit Survey

Resource Followup
(as needed)


or choose your own focus, other Skill options can be viewed at:


Program  Coordinator

Jordon Rambert 



Sign up for a Cohort

Cohort and Who Date Range Meeting Time Signup
Cohort 07 - Any New Member  June 7 - Aug 2nd Wednesdays at 6pm
Cohort 08 - Gather New Haven Innovation Lab Program May TBD-  TBD Program Only
Cohort 09 - Any New Member  Aug  - S TBD