Maker Space and CCC Maker Grant
College of the Canyons was selected as 1 out of 37 colleges in the California Community College Maker program to develop a grant proposal for our Makerspace. For the next 4 months this Spring, COC will work with faculty, staff and members of the community to develop a unique plan for our Makerspace to serve the college and the people of the Santa Clarita Community College District.
What’s a Makerspace? Simply put, Makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine design tools, 3D printers, manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling people to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone. Here’s a good video from CNN that presents what a Makerspace does/can do: Making more 'makers'
The strategy underlying a Makerspace Start-up is a “design thinking” problem-solving methodology that yields innovative solutions through a process of experimentation and prototyping, testing with real “customers” and critical evaluation in a supportive, low risk environment. Successful Makerspace solutions are created by the collaboration of the stakeholders in the local ecosystem including students, faculty, college leadership, industry partners and the community.
We encourage your questions, suggestions, support and engagement in this process.
The Makerspace Team
Note: Link to the CCC Maker Grant Information and Timeline: CCC Maker