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Greetings Upper Valley Makers:

We’ve just scheduled an Intro to MIG Welding class. We also have news from our friends at HatchSpace in Brattleboro, Vermont who in partnership with Vermont Works for Women, are hosting carpentry camps for middle school girls.

For most classes and events, CMS MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED. That said, members receive a discount on registration and there are some classes/events that are for members only (this will be clearly noted in the event description).

Class policies (liability waiver, withdrawal, cancellation, etc.) can be found here.

Instructors: Interested in teaching a class at CMS? Please fill out our Class Proposal Form.

Tours: Want to see what the Claremont MakerSpace is all about? Tours are by appointment only due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact Us to schedule your tour where you can learn about all the awesome tools that the CMS offers access to, as well as how membership, classes, and studio spaces work.

Introduction to MIG welding

Mon May 8 2023, 05:00pm EDT — Mon May 8 2023, 08:00pm EDT

This class is intended for the person who thinks they might want to give MIG welding a try. The MIG welder is an easy tool to learn and can take the fear out of getting started. You might want to do a simple home repair or try your hand at repurposing junk metal into garden art. It all becomes possible with some basic MIG welding skills.

What you will learn/do:
. Learn about safety in the metal shop and welding studio
. Learn about MIG welding equipment and materials that can be used with a MIG welder.
. Use the MIG welding equipment to spot weld, draw a bead and join two pieces of metal.
. Evaluate the quality of your welds.

Must provide your own safety glasses, leather work shoes and leather gloves. Welding helmets, protective jackets, face shields and practice materials will be provided. 

About the Instructors: Jo Ann Clifford is a retired educator turned metal artist. She has been teaching students and creating metal art for several years at the Claremont Maker Space and in her home studio. She is a past Artist in Residence at CMS and has shown her work regionally. She loves to use her imagination to repurpose rusty treasures, giving them new life and meaning through art.  She loves to teach, encourage and inspire others to try something new. 

Class Fees: $45/members, $75/non members

Materials Fee: none

Age requirement: Adult (18 and up)

Register for this class now!



Our friends at HatchSpace in Brattleboro, Vermont in partnership with Vermont Works for Women, are hosting carpentry camps for middle school girls. These empowering experiences introduce girls and gender expansive youth to basic carpentry skills and help them overcome stereotypes that have held women back in the trades. Most important, these will be fun social learning experiences that we believe will contribute positively to girls’ development at an important time in their lives.

Rosie’s Girls® is our STEAM, trades, and career exploration summer day camp for middle school girls* offered in communities across Vermont.  

At Rosie’s Girls, youth are introduced to skills and career fields that are nontraditional for their gender through hands-on learning in a supportive and empowering environment. 

VWW staff member helps camper cut wood using a table saw at Rosie's Girls camp.

Our staff members create a safe space for youth to step outside their comfort zones, make new friends, and build confidence in exploring their passions. 

A Rosie’s Girls instructor helps camper use a plasma cutter to make metal flowers.

In addition to trades and technical learning, campers learn from our social and emotional curriculum known as “Power Skills” to help them navigate school, friendships, and societal issues. 

To join the Rosie’s Girls mailing list, email [email protected] 

*Rosie’s Girls welcomes into our program anyone who identifies as a girl regardless of assignment at birth. Our programs also welcome youth who are non-binary or gender expansive who are comfortable in a girl-centered space.  

Registration is open for 2023 Rosie’s Girls camps in seven communities across Vermont!

2023 Camp Locations/Dates
Registration is open for all Rosie’s Girls camps hosted by Vermont Works for Women and our community partners. Click on the town name to register.

  • Essex, Rosie’s Girls BUILD, Center for Technology Essex: July 24 – 28, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    • Registration update: only 7 spots left!
  • Montpelier, Rosie’s Girls WELD, Montpelier High School: July 31 – August 4, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    • Registration update: only 9 spots left!
  • Brattleboro, Rosie’s Girls BUILD, with HatchSpace: three weeks available, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    • June 26 – June 30 |  6 spots left!
    • July 10 – July 14 | 6 spots left!
    • August 7 – August 11 | 8 spots left!
  • Lyndonville, Rosie’s Girls EXPLORE, with Umbrella NEK: July 10 – 14, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. *priority enrollment to KESD students; open to all students in March*
  • Alburgh, Rosie’s Girls EXPLORE, with Grand Isle Supervisory Union: July 10 – July 14, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.*open to Grand Isle Supervisory Union students*
  • Rutland, Rosie’s Girls BUILD, with The MINT: two weeks available, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    • July 10 – July 14
    • August 7 – August 11
  • Swanton, Rosie’s Girls EXPLORE, with Swanton Elementary School: July 17 – July 21, morning. *Swanton Elementary School girls* (5 & 6 grade)*
Sign up for Camp!

Happy Makin’!
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