TVCOG moves to trimester schedule, announces over 20 brand new classes!

Troy, NY –The Tech Valley Center of Gravity (TVCOG) is pleased to announce their first-ever trimester schedule with over 20 new classes in the makerspace, prototyping center, and children’s steam education center. 

During the 2019 Fall/Winter trimester new courses in woodworking, prototyping, crafting, jewelry-making, weaving, business development, game development, electronics, and laser cutting are available to the public. The THINQubator, TVCOG’s kid makerspace located within the facility, is also hosting a variety of new classes that include family workshops, 3D printing, puppet making, design thinking, electronics, and coding.

New technical offerings include a two-part Fusion 360 CAD class offered through the TVCOG’s prototyping center, instructed and developed by TVCOG board president Michael Lobsinger, who is also senior vice president of business growth solutions at the Center for Economic Growth (CEG). CEG is a longtime supporter and sponsor of the Center of Gravity and a championing organization for the growth of manufacturing in the Capital Region.

A special American Flag woodworking class in honor of Veteran’s Day is being sponsored and instructed by Innovation Manufacturing Consultants (IMC) president, Thad Casey, a TVCOG board member and the engineer-in-residence at TVCOG’s on-site New York State-certified Manufacturing Incubator Program. IMC will provide the equipment and supplies for the special class and will donate revenue from the class back to the Center of Gravity. Veterans will be able to take the class, offered on October 27 and November 2, at a reduced rate.

The Center of Gravity is also launching a “Quick Guide” series for would-be woodworkers. This quick guide series aims to demystify intimidating woodworking equipment via a deeper introduction to equipment use, maintenance, and safety precautions. Also new to the COG are two video game design crash courses, co-branded with the nonprofit organization, Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS).

Brand new classes for the Fall/Winter trimester include:

  • ·QSG1 Quick Start Guide: Cordless Drills
  • ·QSG2 Quick Start Guide: Angle Grinders
  • ·QSG3 Quick Start Guide: Cutting/Bending Sheet Metal
  • ·QSG4 Quick Start Guide: Jointer & Planer
  • ·QSG5 Quick Start Guide: Table Saw
  • ·Woodshop 100 (Kitchen 101): All About Sharpening
  • ·Woodshop 202: Create a Shop Stool
  • ·Woodshop 203: Create an American Flag
  • ·Laser Cutter 201: Make a Dice Box
  • ·Prototyping 101: Intro to Fusion 360, Course 1 UI & Collaboration Tools
  • ·Prototyping 102: Intro to Fusion 360, Course 2 Modeling Basics, Sheet Metal, and Drawings
  • ·Prototyping 101/102: Combined Courses 1 & 2 Fusion 360
  • ·Electronics 101: Intro to Electronics
  • ·Electronics 300: Intermediate Electronics: Build Your Own Arduino
  • ·BusDev 100: Intro to Business Development
  • ·BusDev 101: Intro to Marketing
  • ·Craft 101: Silver Rings
  • ·Craft102: Intro to Hand Stitching- Hand sewn Ornaments
  • ·Craft 103: Intro to Needle Felting
  • ·Craft104: Intro to Tapestry Weaving
  • ·Craft105: Intro to Punch Needle Embroidery
  • ·Craft201: Advanced Punch Needle Embroidery
  • ·Craft202: Advanced Tapestry Weaving
  • ·Glass Arts 202: Cloisonné Enameling
  • ·TVGS 101: Crash Course in Godot 3
  • ·TVGS 102: Crash Course in Unity
  • ·THINQ101: Intro to 3D Printing for Kids
  • ·THINQ103: E-Textiles, A Family Workshop
  • ·THINQ107/TVGS Intro to Ren’Py
  • ·THINQ108/TVGS Intro to Video Games with Construct 2
  • ·THINQ105: Intro to Electronics, Soldering, and Circuitry (for teens)
  • ·THINQ110: Design Thinking for Teens

The new trimester class system is a coordinated effort by the TVCOG to respond to expanded interest in STEM, trade careers, and product development startups in the Capital Region. Significant class discounts are offered for TVCOG and TVGS members. To register for a membership or a class, please visit www.tvcog.net

In addition to the above offerings, the Tech Valley Center of Gravity is proud to launch the first-ever TVCOG First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Club. This club is aimed to support STEM learning for local nine to 14-year-old students who do not have a similar club available in school. The effort is led by TVCOG member volunteer coaches Ryan Morash, Kit Clemente, and Richard Lin, and is made possible by generous sponsorship from the NYSTEC, the AI Center of Excellence and Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation. Companies interested in sponsoring the TVCOG FLL team can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.