TechShop, the membership-based DIY workshop with five locations around the country, has announced an academic partnership with Arizona State University and will open a new TechShop in Chandler, AZ later this year. Chandler is about 20 miles southeast of Phoenix and its Chandler Innovation Center includes a city-funded technology incubator and Arizona State’s College of Technology and Innovation, which has more than 3,000 students. Students taking classes at the Center will be offered free memberships at the new TechShop and discounted memberships will be offered to other students and faculty. An announcement said that classrooms not in use by the college will be available for TechShop programs.
TechShop will also open new locations in Pittsburgh and the Washington, DC area later this year, thanks to a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. 2,000 one-year memberships at TechShop will be given to American veterans. A TechShop is also in the works for Brooklyn, NY, slated to open in the winter or next spring.