The first time I discovered the Instructables website was midafternoon many years ago. I found myself mesmerized by the amazing projects that members of the Instructables community had taken the time to share. I looked at project after project, completely lost in the creativity and innovation that poured from the pages. When I glanced up at the clock, it was midmorning the next day!
Since then I have talked to many people who have described similar first encounters with Instructables, and how they discovered the vast community of sharing and innovation in the site.
Open innovation and sharing is core to the DNA of Instructables, and of TechShop. Instructables is a unique way for people from all over the world to exchange ideas and techniques with each other. Likewise, TechShop is a unique place for people to come together and make things with the physical resources and community that they never thought they would be able to access.
As you learn new skills, it is important to use them as soon as possible. After you take a class at TechShop, choose an Instructables project and apply what you have learned right away. In the same way, when you find a project in Instructables that inspires you but you don't have the tools and equipment to work on it at home, head to TechShop and practice the skills that are required of that project and build it yourself. This really is the best way to learn and retain skills.
The wide and deep knowledge base and community of Instructables, combined with the huge selection of professional tools and equipment, guidance, instructions, and community at TechShop makes for a powerful combination that will help you become and stay engaged as a maker, enjoy the rewards of making, and get the most out of your TechShop membership.