Margalus, LLC

Building a Makerspace? We Can Help You.

Program Catalog
Margalus, LLC is a Chicago Public Schools Preferred Vendor


We work with schools, libraries, and other educational institutions to build makerspaces and enable maker-centered learning. Some clients and testimonials:

  • Bell School (CPS)
  • Palos School District 118
  • Frankfort Library
  • Mokena School District
  • Homewood Science Center
  • Liberty School (Orland Park)

"Margalus, LLC did an amazing job with our Maker Space Family Night. Sarah and Jayson worked with our accelerated learners and their families engaging participants in building a scribble machine, using silkscreen to print a logo on t-shirts, and exploring digital making on computers. It was truly a fun, collaborative learning experience filled with critical and creative thinking!" - Teacher from Palos School District 118


Experience Matters

Combined, we have over two decades of experience as educators and makerspace organizers in and around Chicago. Unlike most companies that promise to build makerspaces, our roots are in the education and maker community and we are certified accordingly. Our expertise includes maker certifications from Harvard, the Higher Education Makerspace Initiative (headed by MIT, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Yale, etc.), and certifications to teach in K-12 reading, K-8 math and social studies, and K-6 general education.

Jay Margalus

Maker Certifications

Jay Margalus is an educator, hacker, and interactive designer. He is the Faculty Director of the DePaul University makerspace IRL, where his research explores emerging technology, game design, and tinkering. Jay also cofounded the hackerspace Workshop 88, and is the president of the non-profit makerspace SpaceLab in Mokena, IL. He is a founder and board member of Chicago Southland Maker Faire. Jay has given keynote speeches on the philosophy of making at conferences such as the AMA Change MedEd Conference, Chicago Public Schools Techtalk + Googlepalooza, Caterpillar Innovation Conference, and the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs.

Sarah Margalus

Teaching Certifications

  • K-12 reading
  • K-8 math and social studies
  • K-6 general education

Sarah is an instructional coach, reading specialist, and maker. She uses her literacy expertise and knowledge of best instructional practices to increase student performance through presentations, coaching, and curriculum development. Most recently, she presented at Chicago Public Schools Techtalk + Googlepalooza and the Southland Learning Conference about how educators can support educational making experiences with learning standards from a various content areas, rather than just focusing on science and technology. She works with her community through programming at SpaceLab in Mokena, IL and serving as a Girl Scout troop leader.


Activate your school, community, or business by organizing your makerspace with a sustainable and grassroots approach. Align learning standards and organizational goals and values with makercentered learning. Get the right tools for your space, and your community. Our services include:

  • Acquisition of machinery and tools to support your space
  • Align 21st Century Learning Outcomes, ISTE, NGSS, and Common Core standards to makerspace experiences
  • Consulting to align corporate and community values to makerspaces
  • A roadmap to successfully teach you how to lead a makerspace toward long-term success


Ready to get started, or have more questions? Contact us at [email protected], call us at 708-872-7667, or fill out our form.