Have You Been to TechShop Yet? A Few Ways to Meet Pittsburgh’s Maker Space.

techshop-pgh-logo-gearOne of my favorite places in Pittsburgh, that I am surprised that more people don’t know about, is TechShop Pittsburgh.  Hack Pittsburgh created Pittsburgh’s first maker space back in 2009, and continues to offer programming and events for Pittsburgh makers today.  When TechShop Pittsburgh opened two years ago, it provided more opportunities for Pittsburghers to collaborate and innovate.

TechShop is community makerspace.  TechShop is kind of like a gym, but for making things instead of working out.  For a monthly fee, members can come to the shop and use any of the equipment.  TechShop has a woodshop, metal shop, 3d printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, conference rooms and much more that is available to members.

President Obama at TechShop Pittsburgh. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.

President Obama at TechShop Pittsburgh. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.

The TechShop community and the maker community has continued to grow here in Pittsburgh and beyond.  Last summer President Obama hosted an event on manufacturing and innovation at TechShop Pittsburgh.  You can read more about the event and watch the president’s remarks on the White House blog here.

Before TechShop opened in 2013, I wrote this post about why it is a big deal that TechShop opened in Pittsburgh.  Since TechShop opened, I have worked there, taken classes, participated in events and I occasionally help TechShop Pittsburgh with social media.  TechShop has provided a home, meeting space and launch pad for some incredibly innovative ideas.  If you haven’t been over to Bakery Square yet to check out the shop, take a class or attend an event, here are a few good reasons to check out what TechShop is all about…

TechShop Turns 2! Anniversary Open House  on Sunday 3/29

TechShop-Pittsburgh-2nd-AnniversaryHelp TechShop Pittsburgh celebrate their 2nd birthday with a free afternoon of family friendly events.  The open house is free to attend and will feature demos, hands on activities and birthday cake.  Tickets are free, please RSVP here.

  • TechShop Pittsburgh Anniversary Open House
  • Sunday, March 29, 2015
  • 1-4pm


Support Matt’s Millennial Trains Project Trip and Get a Month of Membership to TechShop Pittsburgh

Matt Verlinich is the general manager of TechShop Pittsburgh (he is also the guy on the left in the photo with President Obama above) and he is raising funds to participate in the next Millennial Trains project trip this spring.

I hope you will consider supporting Matt’s MTP Project and he has put together some great perks for your support including a discounted month of membership to TechShop Pittsburgh, a VIP tour of the shop and even an entire day of help from Matt at the shop.

Check out Matt’s application for the 2015 Millennial Trains Project here.  Thanks to the generosity of  many of the IheartPGH readers I was able to be a passenger on the first Millennial Trains Project trip in 2013. One of my takeaways from participating in Millennial Trains Project trip is that we need more Pittsburghers to go out and talk about this city with other young leaders from around the country. You can read more about my Millennial Trains Project experience here.  I hope you will consider supporting Matt’s MTP project and help to send another Pittsburgher out to tell others about all of the great things that are happening in our fine city.

Upcoming MeetUps at TechShop Pittsburgh

Another great way to check out the shop and meet some fellow makers is to attend one of the many monthly meet ups that take place at TechShop Pittsburgh.

Connect to TechShop Pittsburgh

Recent Press about TechShop

Laser Etch Your Pumpkin Pie at TechShop Tomorrow

laser etched pumpkin pieNot a baker? Not a problem.  You can impress your family with a custom laser etched pie. TechShop Pittsburgh is offering a pretty cool class for Thanksgiving.  You and your guest will get to use the Trotec laser cutter and will take home a custom laser-etched desert.

If you haven’t had a chance to explore TechShop yet – this is a great starter class.  I am a huge fan of using the laser cutter and this pie workshop is a great way to spend an evening preparing a special Thanksgiving treat.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2104
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: TechShop Pittsburgh, Bakery Square
  • Cost: $75 for 2 people, $55 for 2 people if one person is a TechShop member (If you want to attend solo – call the front desk for pricing)
  • Register Online here – http://techshop.ws/class_signup.html?no_back=1&a=1&i=114166188

Also – check out the upcoming Party at TechShop on December 4, 2014 for another great chance to check out what TechShop has to offer.

Have a Handmade Halloween – Halloween Classes & Activities Around Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Halloween Classes

In addition to pumpkin pickin and hay rides, there are lots of other ways to get into the Halloween spirit around Pittsburgh this week.  While the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s blown glass pumpkin workshop has already sold out, there is still plenty of space left in the other workshops.  I know the glass workshops are popular and we’re already working on a post about ornament workshops for the holiday season.

Fused Glass Pumpkins at the Pittsburgh Glass CenterFriday. 10/24 – Make-It-Now Workshops @ Pittsburgh Glass Center

Friday, 10/24 – Spooky Science Sleepover @ Carnegie Science Center

  • Activities include a spooky live science demonstration, a family Halloween laser show, a late-night snack, and a continental breakfast
  • $35/person
  • More details available here
  • Call 412.237.1637 to register
  • Follow @CSCPittsburgh

Saturday, 10/25 – Halloween WorkShops @ TechShop

Saturday, 10/25 – Halloween Mayhem @ Kelly Strayhorne Theater

  • Noon-4pm
  • Zombies, a costume parade, puppets, live performances, games and more
  • FREE
  • Register online here

laser-etched-pumpkinMonday, 10/27 – Date Night: Laser Etched Pumpkins @ TechShop

  • Custom laser etched pumpkins
  • $55 for TechShop Members/$75 for Non-members
  • 5pm or 7pm
  • Register online here

Tuesday, 10/28 – Kids Create: Halloween Masks @ Carnegie Library Sheraden

  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Design and create your own Halloween mask in the children’s area.
  • Location: 720 Sherwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15204
  • More details here

Tuesday, 10/28 – Tween Workshop Tuesday: Halloween goo @ Carnegie Library Brookline

  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Come to the library to do crazy science with your friends. This month’s experiment – Halloween goo. Is it a liquid? Is it a solid? Does it bounce? Come find out!
  • All are welcome, but this program is especially recommended for ages 7-11.
  • Location: 708-710 Brookline Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15226
  • More details here

Friday, 10/31 – Kids Club Spooky Crafts @ Carnegie Library Mt. Washington

  • 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
  • Stop in to make a spooky craft and get a treat.
  • Children grade K-5
  • Location: 315 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
  • More details here

More Halloween Happenings Around Pittsburgh

Check out these posts from our fellow Pittsburgh bloggers about fall activities…

Links N’At – What is the correct glassware for an IC Light?

One of my favorite photos of Pittsburgh, snapped on a previous StepTrek

One of my favorite photos of Pittsburgh, snapped on a previous StepTrek

Here are A few links about Pittsburgh n’at that we think are worth a click…

ATTEND this Event: GTECH’s Wet Hoptoberfest – Friday, October 3 at the Wigle Whiskey Barrel House

LIKE on Facebook:  Abomination Creations – handmade, super scary masks made by Jordan Patton who also works at TechShop Pittsburgh

FOLLOW on Twitter: @SSSNA is the twitter account South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association – don’t miss their annual StepTrek this weekend

Have a link you think is worth a share?  Share it in the comments below!


TechShop Knows How to Hack a Party – Event on August 28 to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

If you haven’t had a chance to check out TechShop Pittsburgh yet – you are in luck!  On August 28, they are closing down the shop for a party of epic proportions.  This is a great party and a great deal – a day pass to TechShop is $50.  Tickets for Party@TechShop are $15, use the code TSlovesIheartPGH to save $5 off the ticket price.  So for $10 you get access to the shop and whole lot of food and drink from some of the best local spots in town.

Party@TechShop – Thursday, August 28


Party at TechShop Pittsburgh

Party@TechShop is a chance to check out the space, learn more about TechShop and to make some cool stuff.  In addition to TechShop activities, The Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Carnegie Science Center will be running some demos as well.

TechShop will be having some great giveaways – including a chance to win tickets to the Thrival Music Festival

Food and Drink provided from some of the best local spots in Pittsburgh: