This past weekend I visited Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville during their open studios. Artisan’s Asylum is a 501(c)3 non-profit community fabrication center that empowers individuals to give form to their ideas through membership, education, and workspace. It is essentially a huge MakerSpace full of amazingly creative and brilliant people. I am always inspired when I leave Artisan’s Asylum. They house makers and tools of all sorts but also offer classes in a range of topics, including the following:
- Art, Multimedia & More
- Bicycle Building & Maintenance
- Business & Marketing
- CAD, Programming, Design & Engineering
- CNC Prototyping & CAM
- Electronics & Robotics
- Fiber Arts
- Metalworking & Welding
- Screen Printing
During this particular visit I saw a machine that 3D printed pancake batter onto a griddle for making intricately-designed pancakes.
I visited the booth of Skunkadelia, maker of steel sculpture robots.
I browsed tables set up by local artisan’s, displaying their 3D-printed and laser-cut crafts.
Lastly, I had an interesting conversation about integrating programming into curriculum with a gentleman who works with TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools). TEALS, started in 2009 by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang and supported by Microsoft Philanthropies, helps high schools throughout the US build and grow sustainable computer science programs. The organization exists to help classroom teachers learn how to teach CS and build a CS program at their school. Teachers from various content backgrounds work in partnership with TEALS volunteers to team-teach classes and prepare to teach CS on their own.
If you get the opportunity, I recommend that you visit Artisan’s Asylum for a free tour of the warehouse. It’s impossible to leave this place without feeling inspired.
Check out the Artisan’s Asylum website to learn more.
And check out this Boston Globe article about Artisan’s Asylum, “an incubator for robots and the mad scientists who make them.”