Community Tool School

Community Tool School

Access, skills training, and STEAM learning


STEAM Studio offers STEAM learning & fabrication classes to the community via the Community Tool School program.

The classes currently available are the Afterschool Program (for Middle and High School Girls*), and STEAM Summer Camps (for Middle and High School Girls*). These classes are taught by women in an environment that welcomes all gender identities and expressions.

To enroll in upcoming Afterschool classes and Summer Camps, email

The CTS program was initiated to serve a perceived need in the community for middle and high school girls* to access spaces and learn skills traditionally predominately available to boys. A staff of talented women including UNCA Art and Mechatronics students serve as instructors in low-student to instructor ratio classes that provide in-depth exploration of design and fabrication skills. Students engage in projects in the woodshop, metal fabrication area, and the laser cutter / computer design areas of STEAM Studio.

STEAM Studio plans to expand the program’s offerings to include Adult classes and mixed-gender classes that retain the original mission of providing access and encouragement to girls.

Community Tool School is made possible with generous support and funding from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Windgate Foundation. 

*Girls, gender nonconforming, nonbinary students are all welcome. CTS does not discriminate on the basis of gender expression. 

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