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Join in the “National Week of Making”

The Maker Movement is celebrating the National Week of Making from June 16 to June 22, 2017. The week of events highlighting making is being led by Nation of Makers in collaboration with other organizations in the maker community. The purpose is to showcase the diversity, creativity and ingenuity of makers across the United States.

CCC Maker colleges and others in the Maker Movement are engaging students in hands-on, real world learning experiences, fostering local manufacturing, empowering more people to become entrepreneurs and making it possible for individuals to creatively solve important problems in their communities.

Share what you’re making on social media 

Making something cool that you want to share with the world? Share what you’re making using #weekofmaking #nationofmakers #whatimade

Join the conversation: June 20

Nation of Makers (@nationofmakers), Design Squad (@DesignSquad), Society of Women Engineers, The Connectory (@the_connectory) and the National Girls Collaborative Project (@ngcproject) will be hosting a #GrowMakers Tweet chat titled “What Makes a Maker” on Twitter on June 20, 2017 at 12 p.m. EST.

Participate in Events

Many events are being held and programs are being launched simultaneously. For instance, Maker Media and Intel are launching Maker Share, a platform to foster collaboration among makers around the world. Read about more in the Nation of Makers Press Release.

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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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NSF Community College Student Innovation Challenge – Feb. 15 Deadline

The National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges issue a challenge:
The 2016-2017
Community College Innovation Challenge
What: Teams proposing innovative, STEM-based solutions for
real-world problems they identify within one of three themes:
• Maker to Manufacturer  • Energy & Environment
• Security Technologies
Who: Teams of three to five community college students,
a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner
When: Submission window is open October 17, 2016
to 11:59 p.m. EST, February 15, 2017.
Finalists receive an expense-paid trip to attend the
Innovation Boot Camp in Arlington, VA, June 12-15, 2017.
Where: Visit www.nsf.gov/CCchallenge
Why: To stimulate STEM innovation, foster entrepreneurial
and professional skills and win prizes.
Questions? Contact the CCIC team at innovationchallenge@nsf.gov.
Follow the Challenge at #CCIChallenge

Makers Shaping Community College Spaces

Tool Lending Library Launch Party Photo courtesy of College of San Mateo

Tool Lending Library Launch Party Photo courtesy of College of San Mateo

In the EdSurge article, Big and Small, Community Colleges Craft Their Own Maker Movement, author Andrew Rikard highlights the unique nature of college makerspaces operating within the traditional educational institutions to create community and inspire innovation.

He notes that anyone can be a teacher of a makerspace class. At the College of San Mateo (CSM), “if you sign up for a makerspace workshop …, you won’t know whether your teacher is faculty, staff, or student until you show up in the room. This forms a community of practice, of equals,” writes Rikard.

He explains that when a group of people with diverse skills, interests and life experiences gather, form a community and share with each other it spawns creativity.

The College of San Mateo, a California Community College, hosts the CSM campus makerspace in the library.

“Everyone can create. Everyone can make. These are the people fighting to democratize creativity.”

The community college makerspaces included in the article are not just for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students. For example, Rikard reports that  colleges have “hosted a Salsa and Merengue workshop—a student led session on ‘making’ dance… anthropology students studied cultures by crafting Polynesian leis and workshops in African-American quilts….” Earth Day Activies in Makerspace - Photo courtesy of College of San Mateo

Rikard writes of the opportunities for community college students provided through maker experiences: “Everyone can create. Everyone can make. These are the people fighting to democratize creativity.”

Learn more about makerspaces being supported by community colleges across the nation in the article: Big and Small, Community Colleges Craft Their Own Maker Movement . (Photos courtesy of College of San Mateo)