The Maker Innovation Center (MIC) is a partnership of Chaffey Community College and the City of Rancho Cucamonga. The implementation of the center was funded in part through the CCC Maker Initiative supporting California Community Colleges in creating makerspaces, developing maker curriculum, encouraging hands-on student projects and offering internships that uniquely reflect their campuses and communities.
The mission of the Maker Innovation Center is to build a regional hub promoting innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in all stages of production from ideation and design, to prototyping and problem solving, through manufacturing, marketing, and distribution that embraces an inclusive STEAM education model.
Broadly speaking, makerspaces are interdisciplinary, participatory, peer-supported learning environments where people can create among a diverse community. Makerspaces emphasize intrinsic motivation, student-led learning, multiple acceptable results, and a focus on the creative process. The “maker movement” is rapidly growing around the world and across age and employment levels, from elementary school to late-career advancement. With the complementary structure of education and skills application, makerspaces are well suited to partner with academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in technology, manufacturing, and the creative industries.
The goal is to have MIC open for use in Fall 2018. Visit this space for progress updates.