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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)