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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.

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.

 

 

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Maker Spaces to Enhance Student Experience

During the 2016 National Week of Making, California Community Colleges announced the first statewide community college makerspace initiative of its kind in the nation to prepare students for the Creative Economy.

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), Workforce and Economic Development Division,  established the INNOVATIONMAKER3 and STEM/STEAM Workforce Development grant and selected Sierra College to be the fiscal agent and technical assistance provider, according to  Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, CCCCO.

“We want all Californian’s to be competitive for future jobs that value ‘Maker’ skill sets,” said Ton-Quinlivan.

Over three years, $17,000,000 will be used to prepare California students to participate in the Nation of Makers. The grant will support college maker spaces, develop student internships, support faculty in incorporating 21st century skills into curriculum and share best practices.

 Read more about the announcement for the California Community College Maker Initiative.

(Photographer Daryl Stinchfield, courtesy of Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College)