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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 Colleges New World of Work Training

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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.



CCC Project Updates – January 11, 2017

Initiative Update on January 11, 2017

In December 2016, the CCC Maker project:

  • Distributed Information to eligible colleges about applying for a $40,000 seed grant to participate in Makerspace Start-up from December 2016-June 2017
  • Offered an introductory webinar on CCC Makerspace Start-up
  • Conducted the first Ecosystem Mapping webinar.

Read more in the newsletter.

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Colleges Participating in the CCC Maker Initiative

The following 35 California Community Colleges submitted a letter in mid-January indicating their  Intent to Participate in the CCC Maker Initiative. The group kicked off their participation in CCC Maker Makerspace Start-up at a welcome webinar on January 20. These colleges will be getting seed grants of $40,000 to plan their makerspaces. They will also be eligible to apply for CCC Maker implementation grants in June 2017.

Allan Hancock College
American River College
Butte College
Cabrillo College
Chaffey College
City College of San Francisco
College of Alameda
College of San Mateo
College of the Canyons
Cosumnes River College
Crafton Hills College
Folsom Lake College
Foothill College
Glendale College
Golden West College
Hartnell College
Laney College
MiraCosta College
Moorpark College
Moreno Valley College
Mt. San Antonio College
Mt. San Jacinto College
Norco College
Orange Coast College
Palomar College
Pasadena City College
Riverside City College
Sacramento City College
Saddleback College
San Bernardino Valley College
San Diego City College
Sierra College
West Los Angeles College
Woodland College
Yuba College

CCC Newsletter links

These links will take you to previous newsletters sent out from the CCC Maker Initiative reporting on progress.

January 19, 2017 CCC Maker News Update 

January 11, 2017 CCC Maker News Update

December 7, 2016 CCC Maker News Update

November 7, 2016 CCC Maker News Update

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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
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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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CCC Maker – Introduction to Mapping Ecosystems Using Kumu

ccc-maker-starting-profile-captureOn December 15, 2015 Amy Schultz with the NACCE conducted a webinar on how eligible colleges can start mapping their ecosystems using Kumu.

Colleges will receive an outline of possible connections to get them started and then colleges will add categories and connections appropriate to their region. Eligible colleges can provide the Kumu user name to Amy Schultz (schulz(at)nacce.com) to get started.

If you want to learn more about Kumu, go to the welcome  and read the help documents. Will Watson of Kumu was on the call and can be reached through support(at)kumu.io.

Deborah Bird, Technical Assistance Provider to CCC Maker colleges, also mentioned that colleges will be collecting data as part of the self-study and there will be some overlap with the ecosystem mapping. Colleges will get additional information in January.

connections-captureThe CCC Maker Introduction to Mapping Ecosystems Using Kumu PowerPoint and webinar will be posted shortly.

The next Ecosystem webinar will be on January 12, 2017 at 2 PM.