Makerspace reaches out across Moorpark campus
The Moorpark College Makespace has reached out across the campus to connect with disciplines that might not traditionally link with the maker movement.
This week, Makerspace liaisons Clare Sadnik and Mike Hoffman hosted both a meeting of the Business Department faculty and a separate luncheon with a broad-based faculty group.
The business faculty and the Makerspace share common goal: finding ways for students to collaborate outside the classroom. In particular, the business department wants to find ways to encourage entrepreneurial behavior in students, whether it’s with a service, an idea or product development. The faculty members, led by department chair Reet Sumal, wanted to see the Makerspaces being developed at the college and to understand how business students might interact.
One suggestion for collaboration came from accounting professor Ruth Bennington. She suggested that when a team of students was working on a product prototype, a business student might be perfectly suited to calculate production cost estimates.
The meeting also gave the Makerspace team an opportunity to spread the word about CCC Maker internships, the April 24 campus Maker Faire, and potential workshops for faculty and students. The business faculty suggested that an entrepreneurial workshop might be of interest to the campus.
Prior to meeting with the business faculty, the Makerspace team hosted a boxed lunch gathering for interested faculty. Those present represented theater arts, computer networking, biology, engineering and art. The discussion centered on collaborations between the various disciplines, each other and the Makerspace. The faculty also provided equipment and resource suggestions.
Overall, the faculty meetings have been essential to getting the word out about the campus Makerspace and to finding new ways for students to engage with the space and each other.