Promoting Engagement of the California Community Colleges with the Maker Movement

Release Date: April 28, 2016 | Last Updated Date: May 9, 2016

The Maker Movement is rapidly growing at educational institutions around the world and across age and employment levels, from kindergarten to mid- and late-career. “Making” offers complementary learning environments to the traditional classroom and helps participants develop skills that differ from those developed in traditional student projects and learn-by-doing classes. The spaces housing these activities are called makerspaces, also sometimes referred to as hackerspaces, hacker labs or fab labs. Broadly, they are all interdisciplinary, participatory, peer-supported learning environments where people can design and invent among a community of other makers.

In line with the “Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy” (DWM) framework, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) is interested in growing a statewide network of makerspaces linked to California Community Colleges (CCs) as a key partner in developing a workforce for the innovation economy. At the CCCCO’s request, CCST was commissioned to develop a report to inform these efforts.

This paper includes a literature review, background research, and interviews intended to inform the development of a playbook of considerations and recommendations for establishing a network of makerspaces. Appendix C: Makerspace Budget Example is available for download as a separate Excel spreadsheet file.

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