• 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 Schools

    Our unique position within both the educational and the maker communities engages a population traditionally underserved 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.

  • Laser Cutting Design

    Laser cutting is a precise method of cutting a design from a given material using a CAD file to guide it. Come and see what our Epilog Helix 60 watt laser can do for your maker project.

    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.

    3D Printing

    From the very beginning we have embraced the additive manufacturing process and equipped 3D printers and tools throughout the makerspace.

    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 Development Courses

    Come and see how 3D printing can enhance STEAM classrooms by creating physical objects from 3D models. In this workshop we will cover the basics of computer aided design through readily available freeware. Then you will learn how to use those designs to create physical objects in your classroom. No experience is necessary. This workshop is appropriate for most grade levels.

    Engage your young learners through grade appropriate makerspace projects. This workshop will cover the basic information you need to start a makerspace in your K-3 setting as well as introduce you to hands-on projects that teach science, engineering, and math. Topics will include: where to start, guided projects vs open making, volunteer training, funding and stocking your space, and safety. Come with questions to ask or experiences to share.

    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.

    Do you want integrate Scratch, Code.org, Lego Mindstorm or other block programming platform into your classroom? Let us help you take the first step through a combination of paperless coding activities and free online software. In this workshop we will cover the basic structures of computer programming. Then we will teach you how to use these structure to create interactive games using Scratch, a free educational tool from MIT.

     

    Take your STEM program to the next level by integrating Block Coding with SnapCircuits, Arduino, MakeyMakey, and other physical devices to create projects for your kindergarten through 8th grade STEM class. In this workshop you will learn how to create basic circuits that your students can control with a visual programming language like Scratch. Develop amazing interactive projects for all grade levels and bring block coding to life for your students

     

    Looking for an engaging and accessible Arduino project? Introduce your students in the exciting world of wearable electronics. In this class we will combine multiple maker skills as we design and sew electric circuits into hats, backpacks or anything else you can think of. Using specially designed Arduino boards and components we will show you how to program your circuit to create interactive projects that your students can wear. Some basic knowledge of the Arduino is recommended but not required for this workshop. The price includes supplies and materials for one wearables project which you will take home at the end of the session.

     

  • 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 Makerspace welcome Scouts!

    Our position within the maker community ensures that we are on the forefront of innovation for all types of youth organizations. Maker collaborations strengthen both the community and the ideals of youth organizations like the Boy/Girl Scouts of America. The scouting groups that use the space are constantly pushing into new frontiers. The Bergen Makerspace can facilitate the transfer of that talent into the scouting organizations, inspire scouts by introducing them to nascent technologies and mentor girls and boys as they develop unique applications.

  • Bergen Makers

    Meet the makers!

    Founders of the Bergen Makerspace

    The initial team of makers are comprised of educators who are experts at helping community
    members develop maker projects and/or construct Makerspaces. They work
    together to support the ongoing implementation of new maker activities that inspires the ever growing population of thinkers and tinkerers.

  • Maker Profiles

    Members of the community that are making a difference

    Michael Lemma - Bergen Maker/Instructor

    Michael Lemma has been teaching in the Bergen County Technical Schools District since 1994 and is the founder of the Bergen County Academies’ music program. In addition to teaching instrumental music, he also created innovative maker-style courses. In Musicians Workshop, students build guitars, mandolins, drums, and ukuleles. In Soundwave Audio Lab, students build Theremins, amplifiers, and guitar effects. Michael also offers educational presentations on sonic levitation, cymatics (Chladni plate), soldering, and non-Newtonian fluids.

    Brian Cook - Bergen Maker / Instructor

    Teacher at Tenafly Middle School. STEM is an innovative and exciting education community that is becoming favorites among middle school students across the country, and with major leading technology and engineering companies as well.
     

    I have an expansive background in many other areas besides STEM, including Wildland and Structure firefighting, working as an EMT, working for Walt Disney World to being a Technology & Science Teacher.

  • Location

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