Sierra Faculty and Staff Enjoy Making in December

In the month of December, Sierra College faculty and staff experienced the joy of Making and connecting with their colleagues during the holiday season.

Mathematics Profs. Lucero and Harrison-Benavidez led fully enrolled workshops including a 3-hour “Crafternoon” (10 participants) making customized embroidered work aprons, and a 3-day 12-hour Faculty Maker Camp (12 participants).  Second year Engineering student, Kai Ulrich, taught an in-depth class on 3D printing, and Hacker Lab Makerspace Manager Roger Mulkey taught an in-depth class on the ShopBot (Computer Controlled Router).  Faculty explored how hands on, project-based learning could be incorporated into their academic coursework.

Tahoe Truckee Campus Executive Dean, Kim Bateman, hosted a faculty and staff party for more than 30 participants.  Maker projects included customized gnomes, faux fur pom poms, laser cut ornaments, customized bags, and sewn cases for eyeglasses.  Snow, good food, and great conversations all created a memorable event.

The Business & Technology Division hosted a staff party where participants made gnomes and learned how to use the computerized embroidery machine to make a decorative tea towel.  Comments included: “This was way more fun than I thought is was going to be” and “That was the most fun I ever had at a division party.”

Making customized gnomes has been hugely popular!
Mathematics Prof. Lucero teaching colleagues on the laser cutter
Engineering student Kai teaching faculty about 3D printing, exploring how they might incorporate 3D printing into their curriculum
Hacker Lab Makerspace Manager Roger teaching faculty on the ShopBot (Computer Controlled Router)
Mathematics Profs Lucero and Harrison-Benavidez with Engineer Jim Krebbs planning faculty professional development workshops
Community Education, Osher Life Long Learning and Fire Technology staff enjoying making at the staff holiday party

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