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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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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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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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Learning by Design: Higher Education Makerspaces

Higher Education Makerspaces, Engaged Students, Hands-On-Skills, Interdisciplinary Connections by Mark Maves and Vincent Wilczynski was published in Learning by Design Spring 2017  pg. 16-19 and mentions the CCC Maker initiative.

The article begins: “The academic makerspace has emerged as a nascent and intriguing tool as higher education explores ways to enhance learning and innovation. It appears to hone critical thinking, develop teaming skills, advance capabilities in the application of knowledge, and foster self-directed leaning. Makerspaces forge new collaborations and interdisciplinary interaction across the campus, enrich the discussion about what ‘hybrid’ learning is, and contribute to the cultivation of a workforce that can work nimbly in an innovation economy.”

In the article, Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Economic Development, California Community College Chancellor’s Office, provides background on the CCC Maker initiative:

“‘…we need to have a strong STEM/STEAM strategy in order to produce a strong workforce,’ said Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor of Workforce Development and Economic Development for California Community Colleges. We’re increasing investments in strategies that can build those types of skill sets. So connecting community colleges into the Maker Movement is part of our InnovationMaker portfolio.'”

Read the Higher Education Makerspaces article.

 

 

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SSTI Publishes Article on CCC Maker

The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) published an article highlighting elements of the CCC Maker project on March 1, 2017.

SSTI is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving initiatives that support prosperity through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The SSTI article, $17M California makers initiative creating community college model, describes how California Community Colleges are collaborating to develop a model to use educational makerspaces to enhance students’ college experiences. Students would develop 21st Century skills to prepare them for work, learn skills needed in STEM/STEAM careers and practice innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

It also mentions that the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) published a report, Promoting Engagement of the California Community Colleges with the Maker Movement that described strategies being used by educational institutions to incorporate making and makerspaces into the education experience. And references Creating a Network of Community Colleges with Makerspaces: California’s CCC Maker Model , co-written by  Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker Statewide Project Manager and Paul DeVoe, CCC Maker Implementation Team Consultant.

 

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CA’s Maker Initiative Spurs Innovation and Workforce Development Across 35 Community Colleges

February 14, 2017 – The California Community College Chancellor’s Office is making a statement with its recent three-year, $17 million dollar investment in a statewide network of 35 maker-focused colleges. The California Community College (CCC) Maker Initiative will support nearly one third of the state system’s colleges—and their entrepreneurial students, innovative faculty, and unique makerspaces. Read more

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Sierra College Makerspace Featured in Manufacturing Podcast

Joe Hackman of Manufacturing Advocates Podcast visited Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College this fall and asked about the impact that making has on students. Joe Hackman writes: “learn how innovation in the community college system and maker spaces can help fill middle skill manufacturing jobs.”

Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, CCC Maker, is interviewed. Listen to what students say about the value of a community college makerspace.

Check out: Innovation in Education Sierra College and Hacker Lab EP3

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Newsletter Gives Project Update

The CCC Maker initiative sent out a newsletter on December 7, 2016 with updates on the project including participating in ISAM, the formation of the Nation of Makers and professional development plans.

Sign up for the newsletter.