ASU Chandler Innovation Center to Host TechShop
DIY makerspace will support student and community innovators and entrepreneurs
CHANDLER, AZ and MENLO PARK, CA – August 1, 2012 – TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide, has reached agreement on terms that will bring TechShop to the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, giving Arizona State University students and Chandler-area makers, entrepreneurs and innovators access to a wide range of machinery, tools and software to turn their ideas into reality.
The ASU Chandler Innovation Center is an engineering and technology-based education and research hub located in downtown Chandler at the city’s former public works yard at 249 E. Chicago Street. It represents an alliance between the City of Chandler and ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation, which offers innovative learning models and interdisciplinary educational programs in engineering, applied sciences, management and entrepreneurship.
TechShop is the physical embodiment of the Maker Movement, providing inventors and hobbyists with workspace, community and tools – including welding stations, plasma cutters, hand tools and 3D printers – needed to make just about anything. The facilities operate on a membership model similar to health clubs, with monthly or annual fees covering unlimited access to equipment on a drop-in basis.
“The mission of the ASU Chandler Innovation Center is to support entrepreneurship and boost long-term economic growth by dedicating a space to teach, train and develop innovative individuals and companies in our community,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “The arrival of TechShop aligns perfectly with that goal and enriches our already substantial partnership with ASU at this facility.”
As part of the TechShop deal, the College of Technology & Innovation will offer free memberships to students who are taking classes at the Center, with discounted memberships available for other faculty and students. The arrangement will also increase the building’s space utilization by making classrooms available for TechShop programs when not in use by ASU.
“Integrating TechShop into the ASU Chandler Innovation Center democratizes access to tools for innovation and opens up tremendous new opportunities for our students to learn and create,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “Our partnership with TechShop and the City of Chandler enables us to offer our students and the community more access to state-of-the-art technology and resources than any other educational setting nationwide.”
“TechShop’s agreement with ASU, our first academic partnership, pioneers a new model for integrating hands-on making into the teaching process,” said Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. “We welcome students at all our facilities and have found that great things happen when students, faculty, industry and individual makers collaborate in the same space.”
“ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation offers a state-of-the-art curriculum that blends theory and practice, with students applying new knowledge in team-based projects embedded across all four years of study,” said Mitzi Montoya, vice provost and dean of ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation. “Our students learn by making and doing, and we are incredibly excited to be able to offer our students access to more tools to design and build exciting solutions.”
TechShop Chandler will offer charter memberships beginning later this year. Interested parties can email email@example.com to receive alerts regarding becoming a member.
Every TechShop membership includes use of over $1 million worth of tools, equipment and design software, open workspaces, Internet access, and member-only meet-ups and special events. All TechShop locations are open from 9 a.m. until midnight, helping to attract more people into the downtown setting after hours.
About ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation
The College of Technology and Innovation, located on ASU’s Polytechnic campus, offers interdisciplinary educational programs in engineering, applied sciences, management and entrepreneurship. The College’s unique, experience-based learning model transforms the way we educate students and prepares them to become leaders, innovators, tech starters and social transformers after graduation. CTI’s 600-acre campus is home to more than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more at technology.asu.edu.
About City of Chandler
Chandler, Arizona is an All-America City of 240,000 residents, known for its commitment to technology, innovative thinkers and the entrepreneurial spirit. Chandler is home to some of the most notable names in manufacturing, technology and business services and supports early stage companies by maintaining a City funded technology incubator, Innovations. The City's K-12 schools are among the state's highest rated, with scores well above the state and national average. Chandler's global mind set supports a diversity of restaurants, places of worship, festivals and shopping choices. For more information visit www.chandleraz.gov.
About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop, Inc. is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of highly creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in Menlo Park, Calif., with current locations in San Francisco, San Jose, Raleigh, NC and Allen Park, Mich., and plans to expand nationally.
For information and course listings, visit http://www.techshop.ws, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at “@TechShop.” TechShop is also on Facebook as “TechShop Incorporated.”