Read the September update on the CCC Maker initiative in our newsletter.
- Presentations at NACCE
- New MakerMatic internship program
- College news from the field
- MakerEd Convening
- Upcoming events
Included in the newsletter are some quotes from college presidents on the value of makerspaces to community college students:
Maker Education Democratizes Innovation
Foothill College’s Krause Center for Innovation offers training to makerspace educators from elementary, middle and high schools as well as colleges, explained Thuy Thi Nguyen, President, Foothill College. “Maker education is part of a movement that democratizes innovation and consequently requires proactively finding ways to bring in people who normally would not have access to such tools and curriculum,” said Nguyen.
“With faculty guidance, makerspaces give students the benefit of hands-on experiences and the freedom to adapt what they are learning in the classroom to something that is relevant for them. Makerspaces are a vehicle for transforming students’ educational experience by engaging them in their own learning to find solutions to real world problems that they care about.”
Makerspaces are Preparing the Next Generation
Allan Hancock College’s president, Kevin G. Walthers, writes in a Santa Maria Times article that the Central Coast Makerspace Network, with the Santa Maria City Library and Discovery Museum Director as well as the college, “is introducing a new generation to the concepts of entrepreneurship, creative construction and critical thinking.”
“The maker culture encourages innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation centered on the principle that everyone has the capacity and ability to make something from start to finish.”
Students Gain Connections and Career Skills
Students indicate one of the most powerful outcomes from their involvement in a makerspace is the sense of community, explained Sierra College Superintendent/President Willy Duncan. “In a makerspace, students develop their own multi-disciplinary community by connecting with other students, faculty and industry partners,” said Duncan.
“As makerspace community members, students shape the culture, take ownership of the space and become mentors and instructors. The chance for students to interact both formally and informally with industry experts facilitates authentic relationships and career networking.”