The makerspace movement, a worldwide community of inventors, crafters and tinkerers, believes that learning is best done through doing. At Gorge MakerSpace, young people learn the fundamental principles of science, technology and math through their own creations—and have fun doing so.
Since opening in the spring of 2014, Gorge MakerSpace has offered over 50 different classes,camps and workshops involving over 500 kids from the following: Columbia High School, Henkle Middle School, Little Oak Montessori, the White Salmon Public Library, Columbia Gorge Peace Village, Trout Lake and more.
Gorge MakerSpace is located in the Fellowship Hall at the Bethel Church in White Salmon. We offer after school classes, weekend workshops, and week-long camps in electronics, 3D printing, e-textiles, and various recycled crafts for students 8 to 18 years old. Our long term plans include enlarging the space and program to accommodate makers of all ages and to include metal and woodworking capabilities.
We operate under fiscal sponsorship with the Washing Gorge Action Program and are eligible for tax deductible donations under 501(c)3 status.
Gorge MakerSpace is directed by Jack Perrin, a licensed high school physics teacher with over 20 years’ teaching experience in alternative education. A builder and tinkerer all his life, Jack founded a school for sustainable living in Colorado where he taught natural building. He and his family moved back on the grid, and back to his native NW to help make STEM education in the Gorge a blast.