Every time my school had an open house, the comment I got from parents who were touring the technology lab was never,
"Mr. G, you are so good looking for a man your age. What is your secret?"
It was always,
"I wish I could take this class. I'd like to just come here, hang out and mess around with all this stuff!"
A place called TechShop has opened in California that offers just such a place. Along with access to all thier neat equipment they also offer classes in case you don't know how to run a Desktop Milling Machine or are a little rusty on your welding. There are plans to keep the shop open 24 hours a day. Just imagine, a place where you could run your power tools and hammer metal at any time of the night without the neighbors taking up a petition for your immediate deportation to Iceland.
Guy Kawasaki has a long article on his blog, How to Change the World, about the TechShop and it's founder, Jim Newton.
["TechShop is the SF Bay Area's Only Open-Acess Public Workshop--Welcom." TechShop:Build Your Dreams Here. 2007. TechShop LLC. 12 Sep 2007