Students launch Makerspace

Students launch the pop-up Makerspace at Moorpark College by working on projects. LEDs with batteries were popular accessories.

More that 350 Moorpark College students helped the campus launch its pop-up Makerspace when they designed and created projects that marked the college’s 50th anniversary.

Students worked with materials ranging from colorful LEDs to assorted papers and cloths to glitter. Projects incorporated hot glue guns, small sticks, buttons, pins, googley eyes and other decorative items.

Art professor Clare Sadnik, the campus’s Makerspace coordinator, organized the pop-up in a former video game arcade space in the center.

Since the kickoff, which was held Sept. 11, the Makerspace hours have continued and expanded. The Makerspace is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Campus Center and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Applied Arts Building, Room 144.

Students who participated in the launch were given coupons for a soft-serve ice cream truck brought in for the kickoff. They also had the chance to familiarize themselves with the newly acquired 3D printers.

Projects produced during the kickoff varied from wearable art to abstract logos to more complex designs, including a replica of a sailboat that has become an informal mascot for the space.

At the end of the kickoff, the small boat stood on a table in the corner. A folded paper plate served as the sail. The sail was hot glued to a small mast that rose from a paper hull. The entire creation, labeled the SS Moorpark, was set on blue felt gathered to resemble an undulating ocean. Best of all, a dozen colorful LEDs shielded by wooden stars had been attached to the sail, causing the whole creation to glow.

Sailboat model created from paper plate, lights and blue cloth
The SS Moorpark glows at the end of the Makerspace kick-off. The boat has become an unofficial mascot for the space.

As the pop-up was closed for its first day, Sadnik placed the vessel, with its lights still glowing, on a center table visible to passersby in the center’s foyer. The tiny sailboat stands as a symbol of the voyage of the campus Makerspace: something simple, elegant and bright.

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