Badging, QR Codes, Web & Branding, Inventory, Outreach and Teamwork

By Michelle Zamora, SCC Makerspace Student Lead

Our carpets and walls are dry. Time to move stuff. Our 2D room will house most of our digital art machinery. We are also bringing in a hydroponics station, podcasting equipment, and bean bags—lots and lots of bean bags. As a collaborative work environment, all benches and work stations are moveable, either on wheels or sliders to accommodate group meetings or spaces that require a lot of surface area.

Badging. Part of our Grant includes badging and internships. We met with SCC admin and instructors to see how we can incorporate and accredit a badging system throughout the entire campus. We landed on having “houses” such as Makerspace House or SESI (Stem Equity and Success Initiative) House. Within each House there would be specific badges that can be earned. For example: Within Makerspace House, a student can earn a badge in 3D printing. Each badge is tiered—having a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Once the student has earned enough advanced level badges, he or she can apply for an internship.

We will be using Badgr, a free and open source achievement recognition and tracking system used to issue, organize, and share Open Badges. We are also able to link Badgr with Canvas, so students can store and share their badges on platforms like LinkedIn or Portfolium.

We are currently defining the badges for Makerspace House, including but not limited to: Safety, laser cutter, 3D printer,  Design Thinking, CNC, Router, GCOM Digital Suite, EDT (CAD, CAM), Power tools, Saw Stop, Vinyl Printer, and Soft Skills Course. Makerspace staff will then design the graphics for all badges, ensuring they represent a consistent brand across campus.

QR Codes. Kim Glaster, specializing in design and QR codes, has been building and testing QR codes with Google apps. Together we are testing a flow—seeing how they work with the website, sign in/out, data import, and badging. Further, before launching we need to secure student safety by linking QRs with the Campus Network.

Web Design and Brand Identity. We are waiting on approval for a WordPress theme, but in the meantime I’ve created wireframes using Belise Theme by ThemIsle to test the flow of the website. We have studied extensively, noting it’s similar goals to SCC Makerspace, and are using their framework as a model for content. I’m working with Cisco Vasquez on developing a style guide and graphic design students are working hard to develop at logo that gives SCC Makerspace a strong brand identity.

Inventory. Team members are working to keep track of everything in our space, ensuring our tools stay safe in their new home.

Outreach. As part of our mission, to solve important social and environmental problems, Makerspace Staff are constantly scoping potential partners such as the Sacramento Food Bank and Wind Youth Services. We believe our students can learn more about these organizations to create positive impact in our community.

Teamwork. I can’t stress enough how important it is. At first, pre-mind map, I thought, “How is this going to be humanly possible??” The more we work, I realize, it’ll be possible—with humans…enough, and with different skills working with the same goals, we can build and sustain this space.

Moving forward, we are excited to learn how to use our new toys, reach out to community partners, and of course, make stuff. With Matt Vandiver, our Operations Manager—instructing us on safety measures—ensuring no one gets a finger cut off along the way.

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