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Instructor Handbook

General Info

Proposing a new class

To submit a class proposal, fill out this application online: New Event or Class Form

Otherwise, please email classes@portcitymakerspace.com with the following information:

  • Class Name
  • A detailed class description
  • Resources needed from the Makerspace
  • Tools you will use
  • Workspaces you will use
  • Materials you need sourced
  • Between 1 and 6 high quality photographs to advertise the class
  • Class Size (Min & Max)
  • A list of items that the student should bring
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Recommended reading
  • Materials
  • Dates you are available to teach

Scheduling a class

To schedule a class first consult the calendar on our site to make sure that the space you need is not already occupied. Then contact Alex with the information above.

Once you have a class on the calendar it is up to you to promote it. See later in this document for a list of possible outlets for free advertising of classes.

Class Pricing

Instructors get to set their own pricing for classes as a per student cost. Instructors may also set a minimum class enrollment, this number must be decided on before the class is listed so that students are notified and refunded at least the day before if the class will not be running due to low enrollment. If the class is not canceled at least 24 hours before the start time the instructor will need to run the class regardless of enrolment.

As a general rule classes should be priced between $15 and $50 per student hour.


Instructor Payment

Class profit is split 50-50 between Port City Makerspace and Instructors.

Example:

Intro to metalshop is doing a project that costs $80 in materials.

5 students sign up at $50 each: 5x$50=$250

Total class income is $250-$80=$170

The instructor and Port City Makerspace each make half of $170= $85

For interested instructors, we can negotiate a better split of 70-30 between Instructor and Makerspace respectively if they are willing to commit to doing programming for multiple months.

Intro Classes

Intro classes function as tool trainings and should be offered a minimum of once a month in each shop discipline.

At the end of an intro class students should have the safety knowledge in that shop to use each tool correctly. Any tool in a shop that is not covered in the intro class should have it’s own tool training class available on request.

Events

During an event in which the general public is invited to tour the shop all machinery should be off and unplugged for the duration of the event.


Instructor Etiquette

Nondiscrimination/Anti-Harassment Policy

Port City Makerspace is committed in all areas to providing a environment that is free from harassment. Harassment based upon an individual's sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, and religion or any other legally characteristics will not be tolerated. All occupants of the space, including supervisors and other management personnel, are expected and required to abide by this policy. No person will be adversely affected in Membership or employment with the Makerspace as a result of bringing complaints of unlawful harassment.

Sexual harassment is behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and offensive to the person or persons it is targeted toward. Examples of harassing behavior may include unwanted physical contact, foul language of an offensive sexual nature, sexual propositions, sexual jokes or remarks, obscene gestures, and displays of pornographic or sexually explicit pictures, drawings, or caricatures. Use of the computer system for the purpose of viewing, displaying, or disseminating material that is sexual in nature may also constitute harassing behavior.

Curriculum standards

Safety will be emphasized as the most important thing in each class.

Shop spaces will be left cleaner then they were found. Plan for plenty of cleanup time during your scheduled class time and emphasize the importance of cleaning in a community space.

Students should be offered a tour and told about membership


Safety

Class size will be kept small enough that instructors can maintain proper supervision. It is your responsibility as an instructor to ensure the safety of all of your students.

Please submit a curriculum to the Makerspace management that includes safety standards for each tool that you will use in your class. Deviation from your prepared curriculum is allowed as long as the approved safety standards are still met.

All students must have a signed liability waiver on file prior to the start of the class.



Instructor Resources

Places to list and advertise

  • Rye civic league
  • Granite state sentinel, a free weekly newspaper
  • Reddit
  • Post in our groups

Ask Alex for:

  • Facebook post
  • Facebook event
  • Newsletter promotion
  • Blog post on our website

Available from the Makerspace on request

  • Projector and screen
  • Folding chairs
  • Whiteboards

What to say on the shop tour

The tour typically begins in the Classroom or Office. Describe our available tools and resources in each shop. Mention a few highlights that people are generally interested in (3D Printer, Plasma cutter, machining tools)

  • Electronics Lab: 3D Printers, soldering irons for making circuits, laptops for programming and design
  • Classroom: Open work space, projector, locker storage
  • Wood Shop: Table saw, band saw, jointer, planer, belt sander. All tools get regular maintenance.
  • Metal/Machine Shop: MIG and TIG welders, safety helmets and gloves, plasma cutter, bridgeport milling machine, lathe, precise measuring tools,
  • Auto Shop: Auto lift, TIG welder, Bicycle bench,

Membership Levels:

  • Port City Maker is $50/month, access during open hours,
  • Maker’s Guild is $80/month. 24hr access, RFID badge
  • Day Pass is $15 weekdays, $20 weekend day, $35 for Saturday and Sunday

Storage Options:

  • Locker is $15/month, about 1 cubic foot, ideal for keeping private bits, materials, hand tools
  • Bin is $20
  • Rolling Bench is $40/month. 2 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet high, holds a lot of stuff, on wheels
  • Materials Shelf is $70, holds lot of stock material, big projects
  • Floor Space is $1.50 per square foot

What to say about classes

  • We have regular Intro classes for Wood Shop, Machine Shop, Welding, and Soldering
  • We have free events: TOOOL meet ups, Hacker Nights, Member Meetings
  • We have had a variety of events in the past: Dyeing Workshop, Solar power workshop, Ring Enameling, Harvest Fest, Tool Swap…