Santa Maria, California–Friday, February 2nd marked the official opening of the Central Coast Makerspace: a Northern Santa Barbara Collaboration. Project Director Bob Mabry had prepared judiciously for the 4 hour open house. 8 student interns prepped the various stations for the 3-D printers, laser engravers, and even a 3-D scanner. The Mobile Makerspace Trailer was set up and put on display, so attendees could see the various tools and materials that were available to be set up anywhere within the community.
Prior to the open house, Bob lead a meeting between Makerspace staff, faculty, and interns regarding the next steps for the Central Coast Makerspace. Student interns filled out availability forms, with the end goal of creating a master list of who could work what days and when. This would better facilitate the Mobile Makerspace’s ability for community partners to schedule events without the worry of finding their own experts to demonstrate and educate users on the machines. Interdisciplinary Makerspace collaborations were also discussed, with Ceramics, Culinary Arts, Electronics, and the Library agreeing to host once a month Maker events at other spaces on campus–thanks to the library’s later hours, the library event will be able to serve community members that might not be able to attend functions during normal business hours.
The open house kicked off at 1 PM, where attendees were greeted with a warm smile and a hot slice of Pizza from Ron Lovell and some of his Culinary Arts students–utilizing the new mobile pizza ovens purchased with the CCC Maker Grant Initiative funds. Inside, a rotating crowd of dozens of people looked on at all the tools available during the regularly scheduled hours for the Central Coast Makerspace.
Bob also solicited the group for ideas during a brief lull in the action. Moving forward, the Central Coast Makerspace hopes to hold some events outside of normal business hours, and also to bring some maker events out to the college’s Lompoc Valley campus. An interesting time to be sure, the open house was an excellent opportunity to see that the excitement that the team has for makerspaces and making was reflected ten fold in the community it serves.