This New Partnership Offers Tech Education to Every Pittsburgher For Free

Two tech makerspaces are combining forces to offer tech education to all.

A giant warehouse sits quietly at 7800 Susquehanna Street in Homewood. Walking by, you'd never guess the open doors behind the building's gates, like a completely free makerspace accessible to all.

The University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center at 7800 Susquehanna Street. (Courtesy Google Maps)

Yet that is exactly what sits just a few steps inside the University of Pittsburgh's Manufacturing Assistance Center (Pitt MAC) along with tech startups and an accessible manufacturing certification program spread across its sprawling floors.

The MAC is launching a partnership with Prototype PGH, a local nonprofit promoting racial and gender equity in tech and entrepreneurship, to introduce more people in the area to the tech resources in their makerspace.

"This is an incredible opportunity for anyone who has never used this kind of technology before. If you have always been interested in learning how to use high tech equipment like a laser cutter, a 3D printer, or a CNC wood router, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty," said Prototype board president Delvina Morrow.

Prototype PGH x Pitt MAC offers tools from bandsaws to an industrial laser cutter.

Nestled in the corner of the first floor of the MAC, the shop is outfitted with a laser cutter, industrial sewing machine and more tools that are completely open for use with supervision from the shop's manager Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new partnership with Prototype will also mean the roll out after hours workshops and other programming that will make the space even more accessible for those interested in learning about tech tools.

The aim for the space is that many people will get their hands dirty and minds rolling with new and innovative ideas, especially those who would not otherwise have access to the resources in the shop.

A free kick-off will be held at the space on Monday, June 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. Tickets can be reserved on Eventbrite .

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