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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.


CCC Maker Start-up Celebration and Maker Faire Events (May 1, 2017)

This webinar will covered the preparations, logistics and outcomes for the Celebration, presentations and participation in the Maker Faire events from 5/19 – 5/21.

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How to Draw Women into the Maker Movement

Elizabeth Dayton, Ph.D. has produced a literature review for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Special Populations Collaborative on Drawing Women into the Maker Movement.

According to the paper, surveys show that over 80% of Makers are men, reflecting the same kind of gender imbalance found in most tech companies. This has significant implications for the kinds of ideas and inventions produced in Makerspaces.

This paper reviews the research and provides insight into how California Community College Makerspaces and other Maker communities can take steps to be more inclusive and benefit from a diverse community of Makers.

Topics include ways to address the disparities in the Maker movement:

  • Broaden the definition of Making
  • Offer open-ended, versatile prompts
  • Emphasize the broader benefits of Making
  • Build Maker communities
  • Provide mentors

Learn more at ccc.specialpopulations.org and jspac.org.



Dale Dougherty Encourages Making as Part of College Experience

Dale Dougherty, Founder & CEO of Maker Media, presented “Bringing the Maker Movement to Community Colleges” at NACCE2016: Innovate Now, held in Sacramento in October. He indicated that the Maker Movement is a revival of hands-on learning in a whole new way. His comments included:

  • Maker spaces encourage play and allow participants to become immersed  in what they are doing.
  • Experiences in a maker space give students confidence because they can practice and get better as they develop their abilities.
  • The more students participate, the more they can become their own best critics, improve skills and find out what matters to them.
  • Building community gives students support to come up with ideas, development them and share their solutions with others.
  • Students, who make see themselves as producers, can solve problems and build something that doesn’t exist.

Watch Dale’s presentation from NACCE2016.

NACCE is a member organization of over 300 community colleges representing nearly 2,000 staff. Presidents, educators, administrators and center directors are focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals:

1. Empower the college to approach the business of leading a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; and

2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

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Intel: MakerHers – Ideas for Inclusive Makerspaces

This Intel report, MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating, and Inventing, can provide use research based information to assist colleges in making makerspaces inclusive and welcoming to all students.

The report describes how the Maker Movement has the potential to change the future for girls and women, a group traditionally underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Girls and women makers are more likely than male makers to come to making through multiple pathways including engineering, computer science, arts, and design.
  • Making is already popular with tweens and teens in the U.S., including both girls and boys.
  • Girls and women face constraints to participating in making
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Maker Ed Resources Help College Learn & Connect

Thanks to Jakki Spicer, Director of Development, MakerEd who offered the following links to resources that may be helpful to colleges developing makerspaces.

Professional Development:

  • General information on our PD offerings and events
  • Free online, self-paced PD modules
  • Information about our previously offered facilitated online course; this will be offered again in 2017
  • Information about our 2016 Maker Educator Convening; another will be held May 16-17, 2017
  • The US Dept of Ed’s CTE Makeover Challenge Bootcamp; this includes resources from Maker Ed as well as other organizations. The original focus was on high schools, but, particularly because of the CTE focus, these may prove useful for Community Colleges as well
  • Micro-credentials: help guide educators towards the acquisition of research backed, expert-assessed skills or competencies on specific maker educator tasks, and provide digital badges for educators
  • Research: we have publications both on Highlights of Select Literatureon makerspaces, and research into maker educator communities


  • General information on our portfolio work
  • Publications(free pdf format; includes Research Briefs from Phase I and a Practical Guide; Research Briefs from Phase II will be available soon)
  • Hard copies of the Research Briefs and the Practical Guide
  • Portfolio news; this has information about past and upcoming Open Portfolio Project workshops (we generally hold one in late Winter/early Spring in Palo Alto), new publications, and other relevant news.

Online Community:

  • Maker Ed’s Twitterand Facebook feeds showcase and link to great communities and resources for maker educators
  • Maker Ed’s Google+community might also prove helpful

Other Resources:

  • Maker Ed’s Youth Makerspace Playbook, available as a free pdf or for purchase as a hard copy
  • Maker Ed’s Resource Library, which includes both Maker Ed and external resources for a wide range of maker education needs
  • Maker Ed’s blog, which highlights our work as well as other maker education work we’re excited about

Nation of Makers Emerges

CCC Maker has sent a letter of support and is eager to be a part of the Nation of Makers, a new organization that was formed on November 15, 2016 to connect makers and makerspaces across the country.

The idea behind this organization is to support makers by helping maker organizations. Read the Nation of Makers Executive Summary to gain a better understanding of what this group plans and how you can get involved. One way to start is to write a letter of support from your organization describing why the maker movement matters and why this Nation of Makers organization adds value to the community.

Join the Nation of Makers newsletter list so you can keep updated on this exciting national project. They are also seeking an Executive Director from the maker community and are asking makers to spread the word.

Nation of Makers’ Mission

The mission of Nation of Makers will be to support the full range of organizations that impact makers by encouraging connections, broadly sharing resources, facilitating funding opportunities, engaging in policy development, and advocating for the maker movement. Nation of Makers will help maker organizations amplify the passion, innovation, creativity, and diversity of the maker community, and maximize both local and global impact.

Nation of Makers’ Vision

The vision of Nation of Makers is to build a society where everyone has access to the tools, technologies, experiences and knowledge to make anything; to create a thriving, connected, and inclusive community of practice where collaboration fosters a culture of abundance.




Report Supports College Maker Movement

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) produced a report on college makerspaces as a resource for California Community Colleges within the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework established by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce and Economic Development. The report, Promoting Engagement of the California Community Colleges with the Maker Movement,” suggests that makerspaces can create an environment where students can develop skills sought by industry and enhance their college experience.

Makerspaces are seen as “complementary learning environments to the traditional classroom and helps participants develop skills that differ from those developed in traditional student projects and learn-by-doing classes,” according to M. Daniel Decillis in the CCST article, CCST Releases Roadmap for Engaging California Community Colleges and Makerspace Movement.”