About Us

We are Maker Depot Academy, a Non-Profit STEAM Center registered as a 501(c)(3). We started in 2015, in our brick and mortar makerspace, The Maker Depot. When we had to close Maker Depot, we knew that we could not stop our mission to bring STEAM education to schools, camps, and families.

At Maker Depot Academy we take the formality out of the classroom.  Our approach is a more project oriented way of teaching.  Our approach allows the students and teachers to be more involved.  

Besides schools, we, here at Maker Depot Academy, also want to bring our services to those who do not have access to these types of materials. We want to help with Career Training for those who may be looking for a different path.

With the start of our new mobile makerspace, we can now bring the workshop directly to you!

We can come to your school parking lot, office building, neighborhood!!

Recent Projects

Inspiring the next generation of problem solvers!

What We Do

Vocational Training
Whether it is learning a new skill, or refreshing an old one.  We can come to you, and teach classes on laser cutting, CNC and 3d design and printing.  
S.T.E.M. & S.E.L
With this program, we are incorporating the importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) with the need for project based learning.
3D Printing Classes
These classes can go from beginner to advanced, and teaches 3d printing design and printing.
Stop by here to find out the latest adventures of our Maker Family!!  
Meet the team of Makers who are inspiring the next generation of problem solvers.
Patti Franchino
Patti Franchino

President

Passionate Leader, Maker by Marriage.  Wants to make sure that all children have access to the tools they need to reach their potential.

    Michael Franchino
    Michael Franchino

    Vice President

    Educator, entrepreneur, avid learner, member of Nation of Makers,  and STEAM curriculum design specialist. Die Hard New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.

      Joel Leonard
      Joel Leonard

      Founder

      Educator, entrepreneur, biggest supporter of the maker community.  member of Nation of Makers. Creator of the Thorminator.

        PO Box 7058 Watchung, NJ 07069
        E-mail: pfranchino@makerdepotacademy.org Phone: (862) 245-3805