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Train-the-Teacher: MakerSpace Tool Trainings

As part of Generator's MakerSchool Program we now offer Train-the-Teacher: MakerSpace Tool Trainings, professional development courses that address safety and maintenance operations, curriculum integration, and lesson planning to utilize makerspace tools. Trainings include: Laser Cutter, 3D Printer; Vinyl Cutter; Sewing; and Electronics. This learning series will be offered every Fall, Winter, and Spring for the next three years to ensure our MakerSchool partners receive the necessary training to build out, sustain, and enhance STEAM learning through maker education. Each training has 12 spots that will be made first available to educators at MakerSchools, and then opened up to Vermont educators as space allows.

Specific Training Description

This training provides basic hands-on instruction with Generator's​​ household-grade sewing machines. Educators will also have the opportunity to discuss project ideas, lesson plans, and curriculum development.

Topics will include:

  • Identifying parts of the sewing machine
  • Winding a bobbin
  • Threading the machine
  • Changing the needle
  • Sewing straight and zigzag stitches
  • Changing stitch length and/or width
  • Sewing straight and curved seams with a consistent seam allowance
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Basic sewing tips and tricks


  • Ryan Shanley

    Ryan Shanley

    Ryan has a diverse skill set in fixing things, primarily to keep them out of a landfill, but also as a useful pastime. He began sewing 8 years ago when he wanted a hammock and did not want to buy one. This interest has grown, allowing him to fabricate a variety of things, including lightweight backpacking tarps, chalk bags, and hundreds of hammocks. He also does gear patchwork and repair, including zippers! Ryan is an active backcountry skier, rock climber, mountain biker, backpacker, and anything outdoorsy – activities that often result in him needing to fix or fabricate something. Ryan is excited to share his passion for making cool and useful things with others!

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Train The Teacher
Standard Price $175


40 Sears Ln

Sears Lane 40

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