• Education - Inspiration - Community

    What do you want to make!

  • Bergen Makerspace:

    An Innovation Lab

    Bergen Makerspace is a community-learning center formed by educators in the New York City tri-state area.  We are committed to our three founding principles: education, inspiration and community. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for innovation within Bergen County by bringing together cutting edge equipment, passionate educators and a community dedicated to making.

    Education

    Bergen County Technical Scools

    Our unique position within both the educational and the maker communities engages a population traditionally undeserved by the larger educational system. Many of our participants are not looking for a comprehensive program like those offered at community or 4-year colleges and universities, but rather seek a practical, focused instruction specific to their needs. Our Makerspace provides students with a flexible, innovative, and low-cost alternative.

    Inspiration

    Maker Movement

    By its very nature, the makerspace is a hub for new ideas and innovations. The makers that use the space are constantly pushing into new frontiers. The Bergen Makerspace can facilitate the transfer of that talent into the classroom, allowing innovators to inspire students by introducing them to nascent technologies and mentor students as they develop unique applications.

    Community

    A need to create

    Traditional educational institutions, by their very nature, are not designed to meet the specific needs of the growing population of adult learners who seek specific, project-based instruction designed to facilitate the development of their ideas. The recent growth in the number of Maker Spaces is evidence of this need. Bergen Makerspace is unique in that it provides not only the physical space and community of like-minded makers, but also specific directed instruction that caters to the ever-changing needs and demands of the maker community.

    Classroom Close-up NJ

    Recognition

    Classroom Close-up NJ is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools.  The show is the only television program in the country devoted to featuring the positive things happening in public schools. Here you can watch a segment highlighting the Bergen Makerspace.

  • Location

    190 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey

    Located at Bergen County Technial Schools Adult & Continuing Education Building:
    190 Hackensack Ave.
    Hackensack, NJ 07601

     

  • Laser Cutting Design

    Laser cutting is a precise method of cutting a design from a given material using a CAD file to guide it.

    CNC Design with SHOPBOT

    A ShopBot is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials. With a ShopBot, you use the included software to design your parts on your personal computer, then, like a robot, the computer controls the cutter to precisely cut your parts. In the past, tools like ShopBots were strictly industrial tools and were referred to in factories as CNC (for Computer Numeric Control) tools.

    Open-source electronics

    Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board.

    Near Space Ballooning

    The Bergen Makerspace has been designing, launching and retrieving high altitude weather balloons for the purpose of engaging students in STEAM for more than 5 years.

    E-Nable Community Foundation

    The Enable Community Foundation supports an international network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing technology and STEM education to develop and deploy hyper-affordable prosthetic devices to children and other underserved populations around the world in a safe, sustainable manner.

    3D Printing Build-In

    Whether you are using our printers or looking to buy one for yourself this class will show you everything you need to know to operate, maintain and maximize the efficiency of your 3D printer. The class will give the user a deeper knowledge the 3D print design and advanced options in software that can be used to improve your prints. We will also discuss the options available in buying or building your own 3D printer.

  • Professional Develeompment Courses

    Introduction to Coding with Python

    Do your students know block programming like scratch? Make the jump to text-based programming with a powerful and easy to learn language. Join us for this workshop where we will demonstrate how we use web-based Python compilers and simple graphics feedback to teach the fundamentals of modern code development to all of your students. This is a great language for first time coders in middle and high school. No programming experience is needed but some familiarity with programming concepts is a plus.

    3D Printing for your STEAM Classroom

    Come and see how 3D printing can enhance your STEAM classroom by creating physical objects from 3D models. In this workshop you will learn the basics of computer aided design using free and easy to use software. Then we will use your designs to create physical objects. This workshop will also cover the basic operation and maintenance of your classroom 3D printer. No experience is necessary. This workshop is appropriate for most grade levels.

    Makerspace Basic for Grades 6-8

    Are you starting a makerspace in your school? Let us introduce you to all of the tools and technology that you need to engage students in hands-on STEM projects. This workshop is designed as an introduction to grade appropriate makerspace projects. Topics will include engineering design, 3D printing, electronics with Snap Circuits and other electronics kits, and computer programming with Code.org.

    Arduino for Educators - Beginner

    Arduino is an open source microcontroller that makes the world of interactive electronics accessible to all students. In this workshop we will introduce you to the basic functions of the Arduino microcontroller and show you how you can use it to engage students in hands-on activities. The Arduino is a great way to enhance instruction in science, math, computer programming and more. No prior experience is necessary. All you need is an interest in technology and basic computer skills.

     

  • Community

    Common Space for Makers!

    Bergen Makerspace brings together the very best of public education and community experimentation and innovation. Our ability to connect makers with a community of like-minded peers and to provide them with the practical knowledge needed to realize their ideas puts us at the vanguard of the maker movement. Bergen Makerspace offers a variety of free and paid courses taught by expert faculty who have the pedagogical training and project-based teaching experience to understand how to design curriculum that addresses the unique needs of the maker community.

  • Bergen Makers

    We've got a top notch team!

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