The Making STEM program is a 3D-design and 3D-printing class that teaches skills critical to success in future STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Students learn how to utilize design thinking to enhance their creativity and then use 3D printing to build their inventions.


Solar Powered Vertical Gardens:

Students unleash their creativity while building beautiful vertical gardens using 3D design and 3D printing. Learn to use the design tools of the future to create a truly unique project that helps the environment.

  • Combine creativity with 3D printing and laser cutting to build a sustainable vertical garden that students take home at the end of the program.

  • Setup and program a solar panel to power the water pump of your garden

  • Be prepared for the future of design and engineering by learning how to use the 3D CAD program ‘OnShape’

  • Become and expert at 3D printing by learning to set up and operate a 3D printer

  • Each week students will learn new skills, update and edit their designs, and build additional components and features of their project


class schedule

Weekly - Sunday’s

Class Times:

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:30pm - 5:30 pm


8th Grade - 12th Grade


MakerPlace | 1022 W. Morena Blvd | San Diego, CA 92110


$95 / Week (Includes all materials to build and take home your custom project)

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Dates: Sundays

Start Date: November 17th

Duration: 8-10 Weeks

Class Times: 1:00 - 3:00

Location: MakerPlace (1022 W. Morena Blvd)

Grades: 8th - 12th Grade

Cost: $95 / Week

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Dates: Sundays

Start Date: November 17th

Duration: 8-10 Weeks

Class Times: 3:30 - 5:30

Location: MakerPlace (1022 W. Morena Blvd)

Grades: 8th - 12th Grade

Cost: $95 / Week

Apply To This Program

What Makes Us Different

projects that matter:

Our mission is to inspire the next generation of innovators to help make a difference. Students will work on real projects that make a difference in the lives of others. We teach the technical skills needed to be successful for the future while teaching students to make an impact in their community and the world.


All classes are taught by Making STEM founder Kevin Hardin who is an experienced mechanical engineer and teacher, with a Bachelor’s in ME and a Master’s in Education. He shares his technical background and passion for building in a way that is fun and easy to understand. Meet your instructor!


Extremely small classes sizes maximum individual attention while encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Spots are extremely limited so be sure to Start Your Application Today!

Common Questions

What will students build?

Students will design a vertical garden which they will take home at the end of the program. They will design custom components for the garden as well as build an automated closed-loop watering system. They will design their ideas using 3D CAD and then use laser cutting and 3D printing to go from concept to creation. The project will be both functional and beautiful and their unique garden will be able to be used for many years to come. See previous student projects

What will students learn?

Our program is an intense learning experience designed for high-achieving and talented students. They will learn the fundamentals of 3D design using the program OnShape. Students will learn how to set up and operate laser cutters and 3D printers to turn their digital designs into physical objects. Students will learn about circular design principals and become leaders in sustainability. Our program is designed to enhance student creativity by using design thinking and creative problem solving.

What technology will they use?

Students will have access to over $100,000 of state of the art manufacturing equipment including industrial laser cutters and 3D printers. Laptop computers are provided so students can create 3D designs. Students will learn to use both 3D printers and laser cutters to build their projects. Students will also use digital photography to document their learning and building process.

Why are classes so small?

Our program is designed such that students design and build a truly unique and personalized project. Classes are intentionally kept small in order to maximize individual student attention and access to all building tools, while fostering a collaborative learning environment among the group.

What will students need to bring?

For safety and lab regulations students will need to wear closed toed shoes and long pants. Long or loose hair should be tied back. Very loose or baggy clothing will not be permitted. Safety glasses will be provided along with all materials needed to complete their project. Computers are also provided, however students are welcome to bring their own laptop if available/preferred.

Why is the program more expensive than others?

Our program is action packed from start to finish as students design and build a unique project. Class sizes are kept very small and students have access to advanced technology such as laser cutters and 3D printers. We pride ourselves in providing the best quality technology training and pushing students to reach their maximum creative and technical abilities.

why does my student need to complete an application?

It is important that students are a good fit for our program and they are excited to learn about 3D design and 3D printing. The application process is taken very seriously due to having so few spots open per class. We encourage you to work on the application with your student, but we would like the answers to primarily come from the student.

what is the application process?

After successfully completing the student application, parents and students will invited to a free engineering activity and information session. You will learn more about our program and make sure students are a good fit.