Workshops for Teachers

We are providing multiple sessions for Albemarle County teachers throughout the school year to build skills and community around tools and creative technologies. These short courses provide teachers with the confidence and basic knowledge to try new things with students! Feel free to sign up for all, or just one or two, topics. Each class is open to all grade levels and will be relevant for elementary, middle, and high school.


Design, Making, and Engineering
Albemarle County Public Schools

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm @ Murray High School

Intro to Maker Education
Wednesday: September 5, 12, 19
Introductory course that focuses on teaching educators new tools, techniques, troubleshooting, and curriculum implementation. Come learn what making is all about!

Electronics & Microcontrollers
Wednesday: September 26, October 3, 10
An introduction to basic coding, electronics, and control using popular tools like Arduino and micro:bits. Learn how these can enhance your students’ project ideas and build a relationship between multiple technologies.

3D Design and Printing
Wednesday: October 24, November 7, 14
Design 3D models on a computer using free software that is accessible to you and your students. Learn the basics of computer-aided design (CAD), 3D printer maintenance, and how to print successfully!


Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm @ Murray High School

Intro to Hand Tools & Machines
Thursday: September 6, 13, 20
Introductory course for teachers looking to develop basic skills in power tools and woodworking machines. Teachers will focus on safe use while building a small project with miter saw, jig saw, table saw, band saw, sanders, and a variety of hand tools.

Laser Cutter
Thursday: September 27, October 4, 11
Learn how to design 2D shapes and products that are optimized for the laser cutter. Teachers will learn about maintenance and explore features of laser cutters while developing a project around this tool.

Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Machines
Thursday: October 25, November 8, 15
Teachers will design 2D and 2D models, control a cutting or milling machine, and build physical and accurate models. This course serves as an introduction to CNC and the software involved.

Check out a few scenes from our workshops below.  Current classes are available for registration on the ACPS Professional Development page. Contact ​Eric Bredder (​​) or Dom Morse (​​)​ if you have any questions!


Spring 2019 classes and schedules coming soon!