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Sierra College Mechatronics Students’ Projects Benefit Humanity

Originally appeared in the Colfax Record on June 5, 2017.

Sierra College students invent for social good at makerspace

Sierra College mechatronics students developed and presented projects designed to make a positive impact on the world at a May 22 showcase event at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College.

The students were supported by US Bank and the Sierra College Foundation.

Vivian Raeside won first-place for her “Solar-Powered Water Purification System.” David Ramey won second-place for his “Mech 90 Rat Trap” and Barbara Nichols won third-place for her “Automatic Cat Food Dispenser.”

Read the rest of the article about Sierra College Mechatronics student inventors and the benefit of Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College in the Colfax Record. Sierra College Students invent for social good at makerspace

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Student Posters Build Awareness at Sacramento City College

To build enthusiasm for making, a student team designed posters that are being put up all over campus, explained Tom Cappelletti, Professor, Graphic Communication, Sacramento City College.

“There are eight students on the makerspace team representing Graphic Communication, Engineering Design Technology, Computer Science, and the Art Departments,” said Cappelletti. “They are an integral part of our planning and creating campus awareness.”

 

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Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

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CCC Maker Newsletter – May 11, 2017

This news was originally published in the CCC Maker newsletter on May 11, 2017.

April/May CCC Maker project activities included:

  • Implementation Plan packets were distributed to colleges to use in submitting their makerspace plans on May 17.
  • A series of webinars were offered going over each section of the implementation plan.
  • Regional meet-ups were held in April in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Colleges Engage their Communities

 CCC Maker colleges are organizing events to build community and engage students in entrepreneurial and maker activities. These experiences will help shape their implementation plans.

At Cabrillo College, over 50 stakeholders participated in an all-day Makerspace Plan-a-thon on Friday, April 21, 2017. The convening supplemented on and off campus extensive stakeholder surveys. The goal was to explore makerspace needs, skills sought by employers, entrepreneurial support and internship opportunities.

College of San Mateo incorporated an Eco-Art competition and student pledge station into their 3rd annual Earth Day celebration. Over 90 students volunteered to make the event a success.

Chaffey College hosted a ‘We are makers’ event on May 4. The college’s creative design, technology and media programs held the open house in the Center for the Arts. From Engineering and Printing to Game Design and Theatre Technology, the participating programs revealed the diversity of making across the arts and sciences. It generated excitement among student makers and started building the college’s interdisciplinary community.

Sierra College students who are participating in the implementation planning process organized a Game Night at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College on April 27 and a Maker Night on May 4. Each event attracted nearly 100 people, many of whom had not visited the makerspace previously.

Allan Hancock College put on a Maker Faire on May 6 with partners Santa Maria Public Library and Santa Maria Discovery Museum. College students helped participants create things at maker booths.

Laney College Pocket House has been named a finalist for their Pocket House in the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) and will attend the CC Innovation Challenge Boot Camp in Arlington, VA in June and present their design solution in the Capital Building in Washington, D.C

Read the other articles in the May 11, 2017 CCC Maker newsletter here.
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Santa Cruz Tech Beat: Cabrillo Fab Lab

The following article, Cabrillo Fab Lab: Building Ideas by Payson McNett, Cabrillo College, Adjunct Faculty, Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat, was originally published in Santa Cruz Tech Beat on April 13, 2017.

(Photo Above: Santa Cruz Tech Beat and Cabrillo College Fab Lab. A scene from the Cabrillo College Fab Lab. The lab is equipped with state of the art technology to assist students with learning skills for 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting and engraving, vinyl cutting, and CNC router capabilities. Contributed.)

Cabrillo College is participating in the CCC Maker initiative and contributing to the statewide Community College makerspace Community of Practice.

The article begins:

“How the Cabrillo Fab Lab came to be
Payson McNett, adjunct faculty member at Cabrillo College. (Contributed)
When I attended Cabrillo College, I was one of many students who thrived in the art department as a result of the nurturing environment and quality instruction I received in classical techniques. I was a student at two universities and several community colleges in my 11 year pursuit of an MFA degree, and Cabrillo’s fine arts faculty are some of the most talented instructors I have had. They were able to demonstrate their commitment to the community by offering quality art instruction – while working in sub-par studio classrooms.

Digital fabrication
I returned to Cabrillo in 2014 to interview for an adjunct instructor position in the ceramics department. The facilities at the Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts (VAPA) complex were new to me and so was Dr. John Graulty, the Dean of VAPA. During my interview, I demonstrated a technique to apply texture to clay using a laser-cut stencil. This small portion of my presentation sparked Dr. Graulty’s and other committee members’ interest and opened up a new and exciting direction for the Cabrillo Studio Arts Department: digital fabrication.”

Continue reading this article in Santa Cruz Tech Beat.

 

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Sierra College Students Encouraged to Join Startup Hustle

To inspire budding entrepreneurs to take action, Sierra College is encouraging students to participate in Hacker Lab’s Startup Hustle six-week entrepreneurial boot camp. Sierra College is participating in the CCC Maker state-wide makerspace initiative.

Anyone can apply by May 3 at no charge by explaining the problems that they are investigating and the prospective customers who would benefit from their solutions as well as why they want to participate in Startup Hustle. Sierra College student applicants who are selected to participate can do so at a discounted rate of $46. The program runs from May 9 to June 21, 2017. Hacker Lab is also offering several free sessions open to the public that may benefit students.

A Sierra College press release included this information:

“This is the fourth time that Hacker Lab has offered Startup Hustle, according to Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder, Hacker Lab. “We’ve enhanced the tools and fine-tuned the training,” said Ullrich. “Our past participants have successfully launched startups, opened up new markets for their products, published their apps and won funding to take it to the next level. As part of our makerspace community, these founders will be sharing their success stories and helping to encourage the next round of participants.”

In the press release, Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, CCC Maker, indicated that students can benefit from participating in Startup Hustle.

“Students will work alongside experienced professionals applying their college skills in a real world environment,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Startup Hustle can help students apply their passion and discover new career pathways.”

Learn more about this entrepreneurial bootcamp at Startup Hustle.

 

 

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AACC: California colleges embrace maker culture to close skills gap

AACC 21st Center Center published California colleges embrace maker culture to close skills gap by Karen Fraser-Middleton and Carol Pepper-Kittredge on March 16, 2017.

The article explains that:

The CCC Maker Initiative builds skills and encourages greater student and faculty engagement.

In the largest higher education system in the United States with 2.1 million students, 35 California community colleges are participating in the CCC Maker Initiative to close the state’s middle-skills gap. The goal is to develop a successful education makerspace model to prepare students with 21st-century skills and encourage STEM/STEAM careers to fuel job creation and strengthen regional economies.

Read AACC: California colleges embrace maker culture to close skills gap

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Engineer at Sierra College Makerspace Mentors Students

The Placer Sentinel published an article on Peter Chang, Electrical Engineer, who generously shares his expertise with students and community members who have an idea and are trying to figure out a way to make it into a product at Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College in Rocklin, CA.

peter-chang-show-class-project-dsc04580-lrIn addition to teaching, touring scouts around the makerspace and helping community members create new products, the article explains that:

Sierra College students have been mentored by Chang. According to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker Statewide Project Manager, housed at Sierra College, college makerspaces provide an opportunity for students to work with industry experts to develop career skills. “Peter shows students how to methodically trouble shoot problems just like they’d need to do on the job,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “He has also mentored students on their capstone ‘Mechatronics for Humanity’ projects, helping them think of ways robotics can be used to make a difference in others’ lives. He works through the design and presentation with them. For instance, he helped students use microcontrollers for lighting and make boxes on the laser cutter to house the controls.”

Read the article Sierra College Students’ Imaginations Lit by Engineer at Hacker Lab in the Placer Sentinel.

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CCC Maker Regional Meet-up Held in San Bernardino

Photo Caption: Team members from Mt San Jacinto, Moreno Valley and San Bernardino Community Colleges at the San Bernardino Community College District Offices for the CCC Maker Meet-up on March 10.

CCC Maker held a Regional Meet-up in San Bernardino, hosted by San Bernardino Community College District on March 10. Representatives from three CCC Maker Colleges in the Inland Empire participated.

They heard presentations from Salomon Davila and Deborah Bird about the process of makerspace development and discussed with the Technical Assistance providers the unique opportunities and challenges at the community colleges in the Inland Empire.

They explored the student experience in the makerspace environment and compared their own experiences with generations of making within their own families, including everything from rebuilding car engines, to quilting and coding.

During the workshop portion, CCC Maker college teams, including administrators and faculty leads from science and math, graphic design and computer science, worked together with the TAPs to develop strategies for creating makerspaces for their communities. They shared the challenges of planning a makerspace linked to their college and suggested ways to make their makerspaces responsive to their rapidly changing regional ecosystem.

To help colleges prepare to take their initial research from the self-study and ecosystem maps into a plan, they followed a design thinking process facilitated by the Technical Assistance Providers, Deborah Bird and Salomon Davila. Participants formulated a shared understanding of their college’s unique opportunities, including the availability of dedicated space, existing mobile labs, and also considered the challenges of the student experience, including a high percentage of part-time students. Teams explored how the outcomes of the CCC Maker project aligned with their makerspace efforts including developing maker curriculum, building an inclusive maker community, offering student internships and work based learning, and participating with other colleges in a Community of Practice. With a regional community now in place, the teams determined their next steps in the makerspace planning process and are looking forward to their next follow-up meeting.