What is The Amherst Makerspace?
Amherst Makerspace is a collaborative project with the Amherst Recreation Department and the Amherst Middle School. An entire wing at the Amherst Middle School, is open to the surrounding communities during non-school hours. We provide the ultimate workshop for paid members, to use State Of the Art tools, share knowledge, work on projects, network, and build things. Our goal is to foster a highly collaborative learning environment that is excellent for individuals who learn best by doing and making, with like-minded people or self-directed.
We are an open, collaborative shop and idea laboratory where members and students
convene to learn, create and tinker with the goal of improving ourselves, our community and our schools
The Amherst Makerspace exists to facilitate the growth and improvement of our community by offering tools, training and an open workspace to experiment with and master a wide variety of Maker skills. We are dedicated to sharing our collective knowledge and experience to build a community of Makers and provide new skills and opportunities to everyone.
Community: Foster development of a community of diverse people, with a common goal of knowledge sharing and growth.
Collaboration: The open sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience is critical for personal growth.
Education: The ability to provide new and relevant educational growth opportunities is vital to the growth both personally and as a community.
Membership Dues & Schedule
Individual Amherst Resident Makerspace Membership: $60/3-month or $220/year allows access to entire shop. Additional safety courses may be required to use some of the equipment.
Individual non-Amherst Resident Makerspace Membership: $75/3-month or $275/year allows access to entire shop. Additional safety courses may be required to use some of the equipment.
Family Amherst Resident Makerspace Membership: $90/3-month or $330/year allows access to entire shop for a single residence. Additional safety courses may be required to use some of the equipment.
Family non-Amherst Resident Makerspace Membership: $105/3-month or $385/year allows access to entire shop for a single residence. Additional safety courses may be required to use some of the equipment.
Our Space Features:
-Completely outfitted woodworking shop
-Metal working, Mig and gas welding
-3D fabrication lab with laser etching/cutting, large format 3D printers and vinyl cutter.
-Two large Art rooms
-Pottery wheel and Kiln
-Culinary arts classroom
-Two computer labs with projectors and document cameras
-Video editing station for YouTube publishing
-Large format color poster printing
Hours of Operation:
M, W, F: 4:30pm-11pm
Sounds great, I want to join!! What do I do next?
1) Register for either a Family or Individual membership through Amherst Recreation
2) Print a copy of the Membership Info and Waiver Form
3) Contact Steve Opre at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an Orientation (commonly Thursdays at 6pm SHARP). Bring your signed waiver form with you. You will receive safety training, shop orientation and your keycard for building access. Keycards are linked to the user, so we are able to track who comes into and out of the building for your safety.
If you are renewing your membership, please contact Brad Freeman at email@example.com to rest your access card.
By signing this Agreement below, a member agrees to comply with all Amherst Makerspace Facility Policies, Rules, and Safety Procedures, which Member acknowledges to have received. Amherst Makerspace reserves the right to update and modify such policies and rules and Member agrees to review and be familiar with the most recent policies and rules before each use of the facility.