Moreno Valley College: Designing a Maker Space

By: Dr. Melody Graveen, Dean of Instruction, Career Technical Education, Moreno Valley College

On Monday, May 1, 2017 Moreno Valley College (MVC) student representatives from the Associated Students Moreno Valley College, Software Engineering Club, and STEM Mobile Innovation Center, came together to provide input on the creation of the MVC Maker Space. In attendance were Dr. Melody Graveen, Dean of Instruction, CTE; Sharlena Segura, MVC Staff; and Amofah Brobbey, Osmin Guevara, Maria Hernandez, Andress Silva, and Iiyshaa Youngblood, MVC Students. To visualize the future location of the maker space, the meeting was held in the Science and Technology Building, room 151. The goal of the meeting was to solicit student input regarding how to design a maker space to meet student needs.

After discussing the concept of a maker space, the students provided thoughtful and comprehensive ideas on the types of activities which should be included in MVC’s maker space. Suggestions included creation of graphic design, robotic, and fashion design areas to support student interests and programs. While discussing plans for a kiosk and point of sale terminal to allow students to explore the development of small businesses and entrepreneurship, the students suggested creation of a print shop to allow for the ability to create business cards and branding materials for students’ businesses.

Throughout the discussion, the students confirmed their belief the maker space would help to increase enrollments and create a place where classroom learning is reinforced. The team learned the students have thoughtful, detailed ideas for the creation of this space. Future plans include hosting a maker meet-up to begin the process of creating a culture of making at Moreno Valley College.