STEAM FACTORY is a pop-up Oakland maker lab where youth can work alongside professional makers. 

We integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math through inspiring social setting and engaging creative challenges. 


    Steam Factory is a community maker space bringing kids and professionals together. 

Our mission is to inspire children’s creativity and confidence through making and mentoring.


 Our Founders

STEAM Factory was founded by Parker Thomas and Gyroscope.  Parker is a lifelong maker of new products, companies, schools, workshops, airplanes, treehouses, zip lines, drones, boats, pens and lots of other things.   He is a member of the founding team of Urban Montessori Charter School, a k-8 public charter school in Oakland based on arts integration, design thinking and the teachings of Maria Montessori. He is the Managing Director of Maris Labs,  and educational design studio that partners with schools and other learning organizations to create maker cultures and experiences.  

Gyroscope is a group of innovative design thinkers and creative problem solvers. Their mission is to design learning environments that provide value for children, families, and communities.  Using their knowledge and skills as architects, artists, builders, educators, graphic and exhibit designers, Gyroscope applies a holistic approach to the built environment to deliver high impact results for clients. Their design platforms include architecture, planning, exhibition and graphic design for children’s museums, science centers, history museums, learning gardens, libraries and sustainable schools.

Opportunities for Kids

  • The revelation that they can change the world 
  • Access to space, tools and expert advice
  • Creative challenges
  • Role models and learning pathways
  • Problem solving skills and discipline

Opportunities for Professionals 

  • Sharing what they know with their community
  • Inspiring a new generation of creative makers
  • Incubating and testing their ideas
  • Learning from other learners