Three Sierra College campuses and three unique makerspace partners collaborate

Three Sierra College campuses and three unique makerspace partners, serving communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills to the Tahoe-Truckee basin, came together on August 5, 2017 to create a common mission and vision.

More than 20 representatives came together on Saturday, August 5, 2017 to forge a shared mission and vision for the Sierra Makerspaces project.  Student leaders, faculty and administrators from the Rocklin, Grass Valley and Truckee campuses, businesses and subject-matter experts, and founders from Hacker Lab, the Curious Forge and the Truckee Roundhouse participated in guided exercises and discussions.

The day started out with the building of an ‘artifact,’ a creative symbol prototyped to answer the question: How can this project benefit our communities and change education?  Ten teams built and then gave 90-second descriptions of their project.

Sierra College student Heather Lincoln and Truckee Campus Dean Dr. Kim Bateman present their artifact to the group.

Key words and phrases emerged such as Do-acracy, culture shift, catalyst, everyone a maker, failure is part of the journey, creating rather than consuming, nest, nurture, personal and community development, no closed doors.

A first draft mission statement was produced: We are a community of makers that provokes discovery, cultivates curiosity, nurtures passion and is a catalyst for culture shift.

A subcommittee will continue to refine the mission statement and develop vision and values statements using the key words and phrases.  New work will be presented to the group for discussion and adoption.

In the afternoon, founders from the three makerspaces were asked to share their primary areas of need, and brainstorm solutions that could possibly be implemented through the Sierra Makerspaces project.  The top three areas included staffing, marketing & outreach, and improved/easier access to resources such as equipment.

Over the month of August, the Sierra Makerspaces Director met with each geographic campus and makerspace partner.  With the new mission, vision and values in mind, the recognized needs of each makerspace and the use of the workplan developed for CCC Maker funding, project work will start!

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