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Visit a Makerspace

There are several Makerspaces throughout Tennessee that invite students to try out the equipment and even assist with projects. The information for three of the Makerspaces can be found below but there are many throughout the state that students can visit.
 
Midsouth Makers
Website: midsouthmakers.org
City: Memphis
What is the best way to contact the Makerspace for inquiries? info@midsouthmakers.org 
What are the Makerspace's hours of operation? Public Open House every Friday night at 7pm. Members have 24/7 access to the space. 
Do you offer tours or host any regular "open to the public" events geared towards people who want to learn more about the space? We do! Every Friday night at 7pm.
Are young adults under the age of 18 allowed to use the space? Yes but only with the accompaniment of a parent or legal guardian. 
Are classes available for young adults under the age of 18? Yes, we offer 1-3 classes per month 
 
Knoxmakers Makerspace
Website: knoxmakers.org
City: Knoxville
What is the best way to contact the Makerspace for inquiries? knoxmakers@googlegroups.com
What are the Makerspace's hours of operation? Members have 24/7 access to the space 
Do you offer tours or host any regular "open to the public" events geared towards people who want to learn more about the space? Yes! Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Are young adults under the age of 18 allowed to use the space? Yes but only with the accompaniment of a parent or legal guardian.
Does the Makerspace offer classes on how to use its equipment? Yes, safety and basic use classes are offered for all equipment
Are classes available for young adults under the age of 18? Yes, we offer 4-7 classes per month
 
Perfect Fab Makerspace
Website: perfectfab.com
City: Clarksville State Tennessee
What is the best way to contact the Makerspace for inquiries? stevenldevers@gmail.com What days is the Makerspace open?
What are the Makerspace's hours of operation? 9 am to 7 pm Mon-Sat
Is your Makerspace a membership-based model or do people who want to use the facilities pay a one-time usage fee each time? A membership is required to gain access to the space
Are young adults under the age of 18 allowed to use the space? Yes but only with the accompaniment of a parent or legal guardian.
Does the Makerspace offer classes on how to use its equipment? Yes, safety and basic use classes are offered for all equipment 
Does the Makerspace offer skill building workshops or classes outside of equipment aptitude? Yes, we offer 4-7 classes per month
Time Details: 

Half day.

Cost Details: 

Many Makerspaces offer free tours of the space for classes. Please contact the individual Makerspace to arrange class fieldtrip.

People Details: 

A group or an individual student can visit Makerspaces after school. Many Makerspaces require an adult guardian for students under the age of 18.

Submission Details: 

One submission per student per semester.

Outcome of the Activity: 
Students will have the opportunity to explore the technologies they would use if they pursue a career in advanced manufacturing or engineering and learn how a Maker uses the engineering design process to design, improve and produce a desired outcome. According to a recent article from the Brookings Institute, "the future of manufacturing in America is going to be high-value, high-tech, and more automated—dominated by new production technologies and fast-evolving supply chain practices." Students that visit Makerspaces and develop these in-demand skills will position themselves to meet the needs of our future workforce.
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