CCC Maker held a Regional Meet-up in San Diego, hosted by San Diego Community College District on March 24, 2017. Representatives from four CCC Maker Colleges in the San Diego area participated including: Alan Hancock Community , Palomar Community College, MiraCosta College, and San Diego Community College.
In a highly productive day, the participants discussed their progress with makerspace plans and worked as teams to refine their ideas and strategies. Salomon Davila and Deborah Bird, CCC Maker Technical Assistance Providers (TAP) updated the group about the CCC Maker Project events and activities. There was also a lively discussion about the unique opportunities and challenges at the community colleges in the region.
In addition, the group visited FAB LAB San Diego and was treated to a tour by Joy Decena, who gave us an overview of the operation, activities and funding model for this Fab Foundation affiliated makerspace. For more info visit https://www.meetup.com/FAB-LAB-San-Diego/ and https://www.fabfoundation.org/.
During the workshop portion, CCC Maker college teams, including administrators, faculty leads and students, worked together with the TAP to develop strategies for initiating makerspaces for their communities. Robert Mabry of Alan Hancock College outlined a coordinated weekend long maker faire, including the college, K-12 schools, the local library and the Children’s Museum currently planned for this summer. Omari McCord and Drew Sherwood, students at Palomar Community College, strongly advocated for student entrepreneurship opportunities. The Palomar team approached the planning from the student entrepreneurship and internship component, working backward into the makerspace requirements to achieve their intended outcomes. Faculty lead for Palomar Community College, Mark Bealo determined that there was a strong need to engage local industry to make the plan successful. Deputy Sector Navigator for Advanced Manufacturing, Trudy Gerald, valued the workshop, realizing that the makerspace currently under construction for San Diego Community College could support a broader range of disciplines than she had originally thought.
Our thanks to Ed Smith, Associate Director of the CACT program at SDCCD for graciously hosting the event and to Ira-Marie Garcia for her support and coordination.
Photos from the Event