$125 for a Two-Month Workshop Membership and Two JumpStart Classes at TechShop RDU (Up to $348 Value)

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In a Nutshell

20,000 sq. ft. workshop bustles with welding, automotive, woodworking, and machinery, and hands-on classes in dozens of disciplines

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Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. New members only. Must sign waiver. Must activate by the expiration on your Groupon, classes expire 2 months from activation. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Knowledge is power, which is why locomotives run on burning encyclopedias. Chug toward new understandings with this Groupon.

$125 for a Two-Month Workshop Membership and Two JumpStart Classes (Up to $348 Value)

The workshop membership gives members time to turn specs into reality within a 20,000-square-foot facility filled with tools ranging from laser cutters and soldering stations to embroidery machines and 3-D modeling software. During JumpStart classes, students can tackle basics in areas such as electronics, woodshop, metalworking, and sewing. Though TechShop RDU sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

TechShop RDU

Once featured on WBTV for sending a weather balloon built out of spare parts into outer space, TechShop RDU has a supportive community of inventors, artists, technicians, and alchemists who are all excited about their next big idea, creating an environment limited only by the imagination. The 20,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity beckons people of all skill levels to its DIY confines, where members can wield tools not found in most private workshops, slicing through steel with a plasma cutter or accessing 3-D design software to finally realize the goal of crawling inside the Internet. Hands-on classes jump-start creative juices, introducing students to vocational skills including welding, soldering, and woodworking. Neophyte inventors aged 12–17 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.

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