21st Century Conversations: CCST Convenes Maker Space Stakeholders Throughout California
By M. DANIEL DECILLIS
| June 30, 2016
University of California Berkeley
University of California San Diego
California State University Bakersfield
California Community College System
Pasadena City College
In April this year, CCST released a roadmap to help California Community Colleges grow a network of makerspaces, communal,
interdisciplinary spaces which are empowering open-ended learning throughout the nation. This month, CCST
brought the conversation home with a series of regional symposia designed to take the information in the report
to the next level.
"The InnovationMaker3 Symposium Series
was designed to bring together interested
community college faculty with experts from the Maker community, said CCST Executive Director
. "Broadly, we aimed to begin building the envisioned community college makerspace network and
inform faculty of what is required to develop a successful makerspace. I'm proud to say that the
conversation we began was a strong success."
Makerspaces are places where people can design and invent among a community of other makers. They
are communal facilities which offer opportunities for collaboration with a supportive,
interdisciplinary community that connects students, businesses, and community members.
The InnovationMaker3 Symposium Series showcased existing makerspaces in and near Berkeley (June 13),
San Diego (June 16), and Bakersfield (June 23), and discussed how to connect them to the community through both educational experiences and business
partnerships. The symposia were spaced throughout the state to cover the seven Community College (CC) regions in California.
Speakers included representatives from Laney College, the Hacker Lab in Sacramento, Maker Ed, Pasadena City
College, Fab Lab San Diego, EnVision Maker Studio, CSU Bakersfield, and Fresno Ideaworks.
"Makerspaces incorporate the 'four C's' of 21st century skills: creative thinking, critical thinking, collaboration,
and communication," said CCST Senior Program Associate Brie Lindsey, who presented CCST's makerspace report at the symposia. "There are already numerous successful
makerspaces throughout California. Leveraging connections with these spaces, along with other regional
stakeholders, is a way for the community college system to grow a new network of makerspaces in a way that complements
and strengthens the educational community as a whole."
As a key partner in developing a workforce for the innovation economy, the California Community College System is investing $17 million to grow a statewide network of makerspaces linked to California Community Colleges.
Through its InnovationMaker funding opportunity, the CCCCO aims to identify
and convene up to 38 colleges committed to exploring, creating, and/or building out their
connections to the Maker movement.
"Makerspaces align well with the work we've been doing to develop the work-based learning
continuum as a set of experiences for all students," said Tim Aldinger, Director of Workforce
Development Services at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. "We've been partnering
with New World of Work to develop 21st century 'skills badging,' which focuses in part on
adaptability, collaboration, and communication. We are thrilled to support the internship component
of Innovation Maker with our Career Catalyst service."
The network invisioned in the initial project is just the start. Through its InnovationMaker3 funding opportunity, the CCCCO aims to identify and network together a broad group of colleges committed to exploring, setting up, and/or building out their connections to the Maker movement.
"It has been exciting and inspiring to see both the existing makerspace programs throughout the state and
the keen interest by stakeholders in taking this concept to the next level," said Susan Hackwood. "CCST
looks forward to continuing to work with the Community College System as the InnovationMaker3 program gets underway."
A list of presenters at the symposia, along with PDFs of their presentations, can be found here.
M. Daniel DeCillis, PhD is the Spotlight editor and a Senior
Research Associate at the California Council on Science and Technology.
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit
organization established via the California State Assembly - making California's policies stronger
with science since 1988. CCST provides California's Executive and Legislative Branches with
independent scientific advice, convening a diverse network of expertise spanning California's public
and private universities, community colleges, and Federal research laboratories.
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CCST Sustaining Institutions and Affiliates Featured:
University of California Berkeley; University of California San Diego; California State University Bakersfield;
California Community College System; Pasadena City College