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Worcester Think Tank is an educational center with a mission of providing high quality, hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology and the arts. We specialize in developing interdisciplinary classes and workshops which promote intellectual, personal and social growth in all students. We believe that inquiry-based learning, compassion and exploration are among the most important elements in a successful learning environment. Our students experience attentive and engaging instructors who reflect their genuine passions vividly in the classroom, and recognize that we all learn differently. As educators, our innovation stems from unique ideas and collaborations inspired by real world passions, issues, events and discoveries.

Think Tank Moves Downtown

on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 18:46

On April 25th, 2016 Think Tank closed shop at its old location within the Sprinkler Factory on Harlow St., and opened its doors for classes in downtown Worcester within the Printers Building on Portland St. Now situated on the 6th floor of a building with beautiful city views and within the Technocopia maker space, Think Tank youth are exposed to a new community and environment of learning.

A maker space is a place where individuals and groups of people come to learn vocational, technological and artisan trades such as wood working, metal working, and digital fabrication techniques (3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting, etc.). Maker spaces are collaborative work spaces with open floor plans and shared shops that encourage member to member collaboration and dialogue. Many maker spaces specialize in being a resource for youth or adults. Technocopia is one of the first in the area to specialize in both. While adult members come in to use tools associated with the individual shops, Think Tank youth come in to take science, technology and art classes. Both communities in the same space allow for a dynamic opportunity for adults to role model their crafts, skills and professions and young students to model their interests in the STEAM disciplines. In addition, parents and teachers of Think Tank students have a new opportunity to take courses in the offered trades within the maker space, all lending to a more unique classroom and visiting experience.

Though classes are now in session, we are still creating and organizing the space. Technocopia will have an official Grand Opening on August 4th from 4:00-7:00pm. Please come up to visit and learn more about our vision.

(Right) A Technocopia member enrolled in a Wood Shop class, learns safety and skills using the jointer.
(Above) Think Tank runs its classes in a beautiful 800 square foot corner classroom with plenty of natural light and beautiful city views.