What we are all about
We Make Makers and Maker Spaces
Tinker IT Maker Space Design provides consulting and design work for K-12, Secondary, and Post-Grad educational maker spaces and STEM classroom facilities along with not-for-profit community workshops and Maker’s spaces.
TinkerIT provides consulting for existing maker spaces with a focus on education, marketing, outreach, and community engagement.
TinkerIT designs maker spaces
You found what you were seeking: a makerspace designer with passion and experience. Let’s meet!
So, You Want to Build an Educational maker space, and do not know what tools and products to buy?
Make the most out of your donors’ contributions for your new STEM classroom, MakerED club, or Library Makerspace. I will help you from selecting the best makerspace tools, to designing and building your next maker’s space.
From beginning to end, we will work with your architects and General Contractors to get the right infrastructure identified, purchasing and procurement department to order the best equipment, your IT department to set up the machines, your faculty and instructors to understand the tools, and your students to get inspired.
Check out my favorite maker books, how-to books, DIY project guides, Maker Dad books, and makerspace text books. The book list will keep growing.
Here are my recommendations for laser cutter/engravers, the supplies you will need to get started, and some projects to get you off on the right foot: Laser Cutters
As this site grows, I will update it with more equipment reviews, suggested consumable items, links to awesome projects, training videos for your students and maker, and lots of other surprise items the maker world has yet to see.
All your makerspace needs in one place.
“It’s not a class, its a workshop”
Not only do we design makerspaces in Charlotte, NC, but we also make makers with introductory workshops.
Learn to weld, learn to sew, learn to 3D print and 3D design, learn introductory Arduino and Raspberry Pi programming, and more to improve your skills as a maker and well-rounded DIY crafter.
Also available are video production classes in Matthews, NC and Indian trail. Learn how to use your DSLR camera or how to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effect, Photoshop, Illustrator, and more with in-person workshops and classes.
MIG welding is like working a hot glue gun. I run a workshop to learn the basics of MIG welding in under two hours. The workshop to learn welding is in Indian Trail, NC and usually by appointment only.
Attendees of the Learn to MIG Weld workshop take home a custom creation whether it be a desk name plate, robot out of bolts, or something else from your imagination.
Learning to sew is a fun, and easy activity to get into crafts, or to make useful storage items. In the second learn to sew workshop in Indian Trail, NC, we learn to make dice bags out of fun fabrics I keep in stock.
Attendees who are learning to sew get to take home a custom dice bag with fabrics from Star Wars, Nintendo, DC Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Marvel, and more. Learning to sew only takes about one to two hours.
Learn to Laser Cut with Vector Graphics
A Laser engraver can be used to cut acrylic, wood, cardboard, and various materials using raster and vector graphics. In the Learn to Laser Cut workshop we learn Adobe Illustrator simple steps to create vector graphics to feed into a laser cutter and make custom jewelry and art.
Attendees take home a pair of custom designed earrings, a necklace, a keychain, or maybe a custom storage container.
MY NAME IS Joseph. I am a maker
I have been a member of eight adult maker’s spaces; three of which were from the ground up into self-sustaining Community Workshops. Educators would come to me and ask how to build a library maker space or a MakerEd STEM classroom, but would be overloaded with information. So, I started to organize it for them in a consultant’s report.
After supporting the local makers for years, I have now moved on to catching makers coming in the next generation, while they have the time and resources to fulfill their dreams, their dreams to change the world.
If you are still on the fence about “what is a maker?” then go check out your local maker faire or mini maker faire. They truly are “The World’s Greatest Show and Tell.” See you soon!
You will be encouraged, ready, excited.
I know what I know, and I know what I don’t know. And I will tell you when I do not know something. The best part, I know tons of people in the community, and will find you everything you need.