Join our Maker Club

Hello maker friends!

We invite you to join our Maker Club, which meets every Wednesday from 6 to 9pm, to create cool projects together. We make all sorts of things: wooden pens, buzzers, interactive art, robots, home gadgets, you name it.

This month, our Maker Club includes these new beginner activities:

  • Make a wooden puzzle using hand tools.
  • Make a pen on the lathe, to give it a beautiful wood body.
  • Make fun buzzers to turn on lights and make things move.

Would you like to join us? You are welcome to make any project you like — and we’ll help you with it. If you’d like to try it for a month, we invite you to sign up for our next series of four workshops, starting on Feb. 8. No prior experience required.

To learn more, we hope you’ll come to our free meetup for Tam Makers this Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6pm at the Tam High School woodshop in Mill Valley. We’ll give demos and talk about our new Maker Club. This is a good opportunity to meet some of our creative members, watch them build things and ask them questions.

Hope to see you there!

Learn more about our Maker Club.

Sign up for our next Maker Club.


Take a class at Tam Makers

Come learn new skills at Tam Makers!

Our fall classes start next week and they are filling up fast.

Here are the classes that are still open this month:

You Can Make It – Aug. 31 to Sep. 21

Laser Cutting – Aug. 31 and Sep. 7

Arduino 101 – Sep. 14 and  21

Create a Haunted House –  Sep. 28 to Nov. 16 (ages 10-15)

Read more about these classes below. Be sure to sign up early, before they fill up. We hope to see you there!

You Can Make It

Come make your own interactive gadget, robot or wearable art at You Can Make It !

This weekly maker workshop takes place every Wednesday from 6 to 9pm. You can build your own maker project in our space, with guidance from instructors and other participants.

Here are just a few examples of projects you can make: Halloween Costumes and Props,Magical Mushroom Lights, NeoPixel Jewelry, Your First Robot and more. See our course page for more ideas.

Sign up here for our first monthly series of four Wednesdays, starting Aug. 31. The cost is $100 for 4 classes, including some basic materials.

No experience necessary. You will join a community of makers who like to make things together and learn from each other.


Laser Cutting

Learn to fabricate objects with a laser cutter!

This course includes a quick run-through of software applications to create your designs for laser cutting (e.g.: Adobe Illustrator). You will then learn to operate our laser cutter and make your designs come to life. We will provide materials for you to cut and engrave. Learn more here.

Sign up here for this 2-part course on Wednesdays August 31 and September 7, from 6 to 9pm.  The cost is $86 for 2 classes, including materials. No experience necessary.


Arduino 101

Create interactive experiences with the popular Arduino board!

This course will show you how to build simple interactive objects with an Arduino micro-controller, used by millions of makers around the world.  You will learn how to make lights blink, play sounds, and move things. Learn more here.

Sign up here for this 2-part course on Wednesdays September 14 and 21, from 6 to 9pm.

The cost is $158 for 2 classes, including your own Arduino board and electronic parts, which you can take home with you (a $52 value). No experience necessary.


Maker Art: Haunted House

In this fun after-school class for ages 10 to 15, students will build a miniature Haunted House with animated characters, then bring it to life with motion, lights and sounds.

Each student will have their own room in our haunted house, and will learn to build simple robots, then program an Arduino board to make their creations come alive.

This hands-on activity will help them develop a range of skills: science, technology, engineering, art and math skills (STEAM); creative expression, communication, storytelling and teamwork. Learn more here.

Sign up here for this 8-week class, which will take place on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30pm, starting September 28 and ending November 16, 2016.

The cost is $325 per student, including $75 in materials. Students can take their creations home, as well as their own Arduino board.

All classes and meetups take place in our new makerspace at Tamalpais High School: 700 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941. See map.

We invite you to spread the word in your community and share this page with friends and neighbors.

We hope to see you soon!

Fabrice Florin

Geo Monley

Come build and learn at Tam Makers



We hope you had a wonderful summer. 🙂

Come build cool things and learn new skills at Tam Makers!

Take a class

This fall, we have a great lineup of maker and woodworking classes for you. Course topics range from electronics to laser cutting, hand tools, maker art, wood turning and building an elegant box.


Come create your own projects in these weekly workshops:

• Wednesdays 6-9pm: You Can Make It (no loud tools) – NEW!

• Thursdays 6-9pm: You Can Build It (with power tools)

Adult Classes

Learn new skills in these upcoming courses for adults and teens:

• Laser Cutting – Aug. 31 – Sep. 7

• Arduino 101 – Sep. 14 – 21

• CNC Router – Sep. 27 – Oct. 4 – NEW!

• Create an Elegant Box – Oct. 25 – Nov. 15

• Create an Illuminated Wonderbox – Oct. 26 – Nov. 9  – NEW!

No experience necessary. You will join a community of makers who like to create together and learn from each other.

Youth Classes

If you’re a middle-school parent, your kid might like this fun after-school class:

• Maker Art: Create a Haunted House –  Sep. 28 – Nov. 16 – NEW!

Students will build magical worlds with ghosts, witches and other animated creatures — and bring them to life with lights, sounds and motion.

Learn more about these and other fall courses in our Classes page. Be sure to sign up early, before they fill up!

Most classes start at 6pm (except for the youth classes, which start at 3:30pm.) All classes and meetups take place in our new makerspace at Tamalpais High School: 700 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941. See map.


Our next meetup

We invite you to join our next meetup this Wednesday, August 24, from 6 to 9pm.

It’s fun, free and a great way to meet some of the creative makers in our community!

We’ll start at 6pm with tours of our makerspace and demos by community members (you’re welcome to bring and show off your own maker projects). At 6:30pm, we will talk about our fall classes, volunteering and next steps for Tam Makers. At 7:30pm, we will make something fun together and plan a community project for Halloween.

If you plan to come, please RSVP here. Next month’s meetup will be on a Friday, September 23, from 6 to 9pm. If you missed our last meetups, here are the photosslides and video.


Survey results are in!

To learn what our community thinks of Tam Makers, we ran an online survey from June 9 to August 6, 2016, asking a variety of questions about their interests and our maker programs.

Here are our key findings:

  • All respondents are interested in Tam Makers.
  • Most want to use the makerspace (87%).
  • Most are interested in adult classes (83%).
  • Many want community meetups (57%).
  • Many would consider paying a membership fee (58%).
  • Some are prepared to volunteer for Tam Makers (50%).
  • Some parents are interested in our youth programs (35%).

Here are some of the comments you shared with us:

  • “Thrilled to have a maker space on this side of the bridge!”
  • “An excellent idea. Wonderful use of the school as a community resource.”
  • “It definitely has a community feeling, unlike more commercially motivated makerspaces.”

For more results, read our survey overview (or the full report).

Many thanks to all community members who took the time to share your feedback! We really appreciate your insights, which will help inform our plans for Tam Makers.

We hope to see you at next week’s meetup to discuss all this in person.

For now, we invite you to sign up for classes that interest you — and spread the word in your community. 

Best regards,

Fabrice Florin

Geo Monley