Introducing SkillUP Somerville: Digital Badging for Skill Building


We've launched SkillUp Somerville to support the out-of-school and adult lifelong learning programming happening in our City, primarily in the areas of digital and science literacy. The Skill Up platform allows for micro-credentialing through digital badging; training providers like our very our community members (Katie and Bissrat!) detail the skills and competencies learned and projects completed in a course. Class takers who successfully complete a course can then share their accomplishments, highlighting 21st century tool use competencies like CNC routing at FabVille or creative graphic design skills at Somerville Media Center. 

Are you an organization providing skill training here in Somerville or to Somerville residents? Interested in offerings digital badging to class takers with SkillUp? Contact Nick Schonberger @ and Skill Up!

Our latest Canva badge. Offered by our community partners at Somerville Media Center. Read more about the creditenials here!

Our latest Canva badge. Offered by our community partners at Somerville Media Center. Read more about the creditenials here!

Meet our FabVille Community Members

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In the first three weeks we've been open, we've seen 52 attendees, half of which are first timers to FabVille. We've held 2 intro classes: 3D Jeweler Making, DIY nightlight making, and next up: Arduino Robotics! Stay tuned for news and updates to classes by signing up for our newsletter and checking our calendar of events page

Now that we're back, we're thrilled to have three dedicated community managers leading programming and project assistance. These three individuals bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in the maker movement and education. Here they are!


Bissrat is a bio engineer turned educator who is passionate about increasing accessibility to the maker movement. She grew up in California before moving to Boston for graduate school. In her free time, she enjoys painting, yoga, building/tinkering, and cooking.


 Katie was a critical theory nerd before she decided to make the leap from books to building stuff. After a long flirtation with public radio she stumbled happily into the world of maker education.  She enjoys tinkering with electronics, teaching people how to 3D print, and building stuff in the shop. 


Will worked in alternative education, ice cream, architecture, and software design before founding Parts and Crafts in 2009.  In his spare time he enjoys doing pretty much the same things he does at Parts and Crafts — writing software, teaching friends, building things, playing and designing games.