Colleges Tell Their Makerspace Stories
Foothill College is offering a a donor-funded training program
in August to give women, especially women of color and other minority identities, the skills and certification to manage collaborative makerspaces.
San Bernardino Valley College installed an EPSON direct-to-garment printer, complete with a heat press and pre-treater machine and then provided training for students so they will be able to use and maintain it for IE Accelerator.
College of the Canyons established summer hours open to the community at their MakerSpace on the Valencia Campus on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Sierra College student interns, studying Mechatronics and Welding, developed a detailed design concept and fabrication proposal for an art-inspired "Grand Entrance" gateway in preparation for the City of Rocklin Mini-Maker Faire that expects 8000 attendees in October.
City College of San Francisco students formed a Maker Club as a forum for students to share their maker projects and collaborate with others, learn new making skills, find out about maker-related courses and develop leadership skills.
Hartnell College offered community activities in June including HTML and CSS workshops, Girl Scouts completing the Digital Making badge and a workshop on programming with Python for Raspberry Pi.
Allan Hancock College students are interning at the Discovery Museum makerspace that opened on May 5. They are cross-training on the equipment: button making, knitting machine, Cricut, 3D printers, Spheros, drones, looms and Lego Mindstorm robots.
Moreno Valley College hosted a Cyber Camp in June for 117 middle and high school students who learned and practiced cybersecurity and coding. The camp culminated in Cyber Challenges in Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16 and a Coding Olympics Team Challenge.
Golden West College conducted a Design Thinking experience at the Imaginology Fair where students were shown a polluted beach image and encouraged to empathize with the need for a clean environment, then define the core problem of waste management, followed by ideating on possible solutions, and finally used recycled materials to create mosaic art pieces now on display at the makerspace.
Moorpark College hosted summer camp for 30 middle school students in the makerspace in June where they designed and fabricated a woodworking project using plywood, 2×4 pieces of lumber, cordless drills and screws.
Folsom Lake College makerspace is working on a fermentation science initiative, integrating Biology, Chemistry and Nutrition with Internet of Things technologies with plans for workshops, activities, courses and certificates.
To see college blog posts go to resources on the CCC Maker website.