The HYPE Teen Center is a place where the passions of young adults are inspired through the spirit of invention, creativity, learning, and do-it-yourself (DIY) culture.
The HYPE Makerspace within the HYPE Teen Center was created through a generous grant from the Cognizant – Making the Future initiative in April of 2012. Young adults work in groups with expert instructors during our weekly workshops. Once teens learn the basics of various skills, they are then allowed to go beyond the set curriculum and create new inventions and art of the teens’ vision. Detroit has always been home to inventors and visionaries, and the HYPE Teen Center serves to nurture the next generation of great Detroiters.
HYPE provides a variety of Makerspace workshops. Check our calendar of events for dates and times.
Be your own bike mechanic! Learn how to maintain, fix, and customize your bicycle. Biking is quickly gaining in popularity around the country, join in the movement and become a bike tech expert. In partnership with The Hub of Detroit bicycle shop.
Learn the basics of how electronics work, and take control of the electronic world around you. Workshops include how to solder and circuit bending.
Let’s get crafty! Work on papercraft, knitting, cross-stitch, and more! No experience necessary, make great gifts for friends and family, or maybe even start your own crafting business. Find new ideas and come in with even more projects we can work on!
Show your artistic side! Learn to make your own vinyl stickers, spray paint stencils, and silk-screen prints! Create designs and print them out using our Silhouette Cameo cutting tool.
Work that fashion! Learn how to make your own clothing visions become a reality. Design clothes and accessories you want, and then make them with our collection of sewing machines. Basic sewing skills taught for those who aren’t familiar in the use of sewing machines.
Build your own robot army! Learn the basics of electronic circuits, then build and program your own robot. We use the open source Arduino micro-controller, which has a ton of free resources and tutorials available online.
The HYPE Teen Center is limited to ages 13-18 who have a valid Detroit Public Library card. For more information about the HYPE Teen Center, please call 313-481-1371.