Faculty Maker Night Was a Success

On August 21, faculty members representing anatomy, construction, communications, math, photography, welding and others visited the college community makerspace in Rocklin, Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College, many for the first time.

Mathematics faculty members and makerspace mentors Lynn Harrison-Benavidez and Katie Lucero organized the event that included sewing, metal working, laser cutting, clay sculpting and vinyl cutting stations. Student members of the Sierra College Maker Club and Sierra College Makerspace team members instructed faculty participants in making customized projects.

Several attendees brought their own jump drives with designs that they turned into laser cut projects or vinyl cutter designs that they heat pressed on to cotton bags.

They also made fabric wallets, laser cut name tags, metal dog tags, and snails and other sculptures.

The anatomy instructor made a clay model of the inner ear.

The informal atmosphere allowed faculty to mix with people from different disciplines and have fun while considering how they might integrate making into their curriculum. Several indicated an interest in bringing their class over to the Hacker Lab during the semester.

The group discussed how 3D printing might be used to replace broken parts on classroom models. The construction instructor remarked that sewing is just another form of fabricating. Ideas were exchanged about  bringing young people on to campus and engaging them with maker activities or interactive displays. The Sierra Makerspaces team is delighted to welcome these faculty members to the college maker community.

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