What is Open Shop?
Open Shop is best described by the maker's mantra: "design - build - iterate." Each participant receives regular guidance on his/her project(s) from one of our Guides, as well as the training, time, space, and tools necessary to complete that project. Guides work with each student to set achievable goals and benchmarks to keep the project(s) moving towards a realistic end given each student’s skills and interests. Attendance is limited to ensure a better-than-10-to-1 ratio of students to Guides.
Scheduling time at Bit Space is easy! If you're a member, you can schedule Open Shop time up to month in advance. Non-members can schedule Single Sessions up to a week in advance.
Open Shop is available:
- Tuesday: 3 pm to 6 pm
- Thursday: 3 pm to 6 pm
- Saturday: 9 am to 12 noon
Once you've scheduled, you can come in at any time, for any duration, during that session.
Becoming a Bit Space Member is the easy, cost-effective way to schedule Open Shop time. Each membership entitles one child to unlimited hours of Open Shop time per month, as well as a 10% discount on most Bit Space offerings.
"If you make it, you can take it"
Whether it's a one-day project or the result of year-long exploration, Bit Space kids can take home whatever they make. Chair you made from lumber? Take it home. Robot that moves and responds to the world? Take it home. Virtual reality video game? Take it home!
No kits = unique projects
Our programs teach processes, not products, to instill self-direction and self-expression in young makers. We don't do kits and we don't tell kids what to make -- we show them how to make.
Expert guides, safe spaces
Our Guides are professional designers, architects, engineers, and developers with both professional and academic experience. It is our goal to provide the best version of the safe and creative environment we wish we had when we were growing up.