Open Bench Project: Portland
Our makerspace provides members with access to studio/work space, tools and community, as well as discounts on classes and supplies. We help people bring their ideas into reality by encouraging critical thinking and fostering confidence in a curious, supportive environment. Become a member today.
- Allow yourself to be a beginner, no one starts off excellent.
- Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
- Greatness does not come with permission.
WHAT MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES
“I can’t imagine losing my membership. I’ve just had so many opportunities come through here for my business.”
“7500 square feet of awesomeosity. A maker space extraordinaire. I love this place.”
“Is it wrong that I never wanted to leave?”
“Open Bench has been SO important to me in my journey to America.”
“AWESOME location and resource. Looking forward to seeing how we can integrate that resource in our school…”
“Open Bench was a great space to “mess about”.
“OBP was the perfect place…a makers dream. You couldn’t hurt the place.”
WHO WE SERVE
Kids, makerspaces, science, technology, engineering, art, and math all go well together. Perhaps it goes without saying, but awesome things happen when curious minds meet creative opportunities. We found a few shining examples from recent national and global science competitions. Read on to learn more.
Originally intended to help spur interest in computing among school-aged children, the Raspberry Pi is contained on a single circuit board and features ports for HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video, analog audio, power, internet, and an SD Card. The computer runs entirely on open-source software and gives users the ability to mix and match software according to the work they wish to do.
Makerspaces provide a critically valuable resource to a community, but they are not a one size fits all solution. Without curiosity, courage, and people willing to share with one another, makerspaces are simply empty rooms with tools that no one knows how to use… or are too afraid to learn.