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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.

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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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CCC Maker Update March 9

In the March 2017 CCC Maker update, it was reported that colleges attended training in using Kumu to map their college ecosystems as well as regional meet-ups to build the community of practice.

Some of the colleges shared their efforts to build community and plan makerspaces. Sacramento City College students on the implementation team designed posters and put them up on campus. Cabrillo College is planning a Makerspace Plan-a-thon in April. Allan Hancock College is working with community partners on a Maker Weekend on May 5 and 6.

Read the March 9, 2017 CCC Maker Update.

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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.

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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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CCC Maker Initiative Quarterly Report – 9-1-16 to 12-31-2016

The attached Quarterly Report September 1 – December 30, 2016 provides a summary of activities and accomplishments of the CCC Maker Initiative in the last quarter of 2016. Sierra College is the Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) for the InnovationMaker3 #16-203-001 grant funded by the by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Workforce and Economic Development Division, Doing What MATTERs for Jobs and the Economy framework.

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CCC Maker Update – February 7 Now Available

Check out the most recent CCC Maker Update – February 7 reporting on the Advisory Committee Meeting held at Pasadena City College. There will also be a webinar in February presented by Brie Lindsey of CCST sharing insights from the ISAM conference held at MIT where CCC Maker participated with other colleges and universities that offer makerspaces to their students.

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