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Friday, June 17, 2016
UC San Diego Hosts Maker Space Symposium
Panel of experts from the Maker community at the Southern California InnovationMaker3 Symposium
The Southern California InnovationMaker3 Symposium was held
at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego
on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
The symposium is the second
in a series of three events that bring together community college faculty interested
in bringing maker spaces to their campuses with experts from the Maker
The events are presented by the California
Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) Workforce & Economic
Development Division and the California Council on Science and Technology
“Jacobs School Dean Albert
P. Pisano’s vision is for all engineers to have hands-on experience starting
freshman year,” said Nate Delson, professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering (MAE) Department and faculty director of the EnVision
Arts and Engineering Maker Studio at UC
Delson gave a talk at the
event. “We already had some small maker spaces such as the Design Studio in the
MAE Department. EnVision is unique because all six engineering departments and
the Visual Arts department are using it for classes.”
“We chose to hold this
meeting at UC San Diego in order to connect Southern California community
colleges with people like Nate Delson, because the fact that UC San Diego has a
maker studio makes it a great trajectory for their students who are interested
in making,” said Susan Hackwood, Executive Director of CCST.
Delson believes that maker
spaces allow students to learn not just how to use a screwdriver, but all sorts
of different tools in one space. He had advice for attendees: “Don’t leave the creation of a culture to chance –
create a culture of inclusion and excellence. A maker space should be
welcoming to students of all abilities by using techniques such as warm-up
modules that bring all students up to speed on use of the fabrication tools.
One of my favorite quotes is ‘Hands on, minds on, hearts on’.”
Each symposium included the
presentation of the recently released report: "Promoting Engagement of the California Community Colleges with
the Maker Space Movement,"
authored by CCST. The report is a guide to develop a sustainable network which aligns with the
educational goals of the Community Colleges while preserving the uniquely
independent culture of the maker space.
The first of the three was
held at UC Berkeley on June 13.