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SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE

MAKERSPACE CREATIVITY MEETS INNOVATION

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ow do you capture innovation in a bottle? Trick question! You most likely can’t … but what’s the next best thing? Providing a space with various tools and materials where the most creative, solution-oriented minds can roam free and collaborate to explore, tinker, build and create. Enter the Makerspace. Here, you are invited to play with low-tech or high-tech materials, work with others and find smarter, better or – simply – more fun ways to do things. These spaces are interdisciplinary, participatory, peer-supported learning environments, where students can design, invent and be inspired in a community of other Makers. Ideas blossom into possibilities, which turn into reality. Sacramento City College (SCC) recently took the first steps to creating a Makerspace for students. A group of 40 faculty, staff, managers and students met to first learn about what a Makerspace is, why it would benefit students and how the college might begin to develop one. Graphic Communication Professor Tom Cappelletti, who is facilitating the college’s Makerspace project this semester, believes that engaging in such a space while in college allows students to develop skills they would not otherwise gain. Skills like creative thinking, critical thinking, collaboration and communication are crucial to a lifetime of success beyond college. “Our goal is to create a facility on campus, open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the local community, where students can explore project-based learning from multiple

perspectives,” said Cappelletti. “Over the next few years, our goal is to develop a comprehensive space with meeting rooms and state-of-the-art equipment where the community can engage in vibrant events across disciplines that engage all of our staff, students and faculty throughout the year.” Makerspaces also introduce and present STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) opportunities for students to work together across departments and build a community of peers with unique perspectives and experiences. SCC will be joining a statewide community college Makerspace movement, and will be applying for the “CCC InnovationMaker3 Grant” through the California Community Colleges “CCC Maker” program. Funding opportunities include a $40,000 seed grant to support planning and $100,000 to $350,000 annual implementation grants for two years. More information about CCC Maker is available at www.cccmaker.com.

Thank you for Supporting Sacramento City College!

Sacramento City College celebrated 100 years of academic excellence with a special Centennial Gala on March 25, 2017. The college thanks our partners: SMUD, UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente and Dignity Health. We also extend our deepest gratitude to Honorary Co-Chairs: Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui, Gregory Kondos and Russ Solomon. It was an unforgettable evening, but just one of the many ways the college is honoring its history. Join us on Saturday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at the Sacramento City College campus for the SCC Car Show! This unique event will feature 100 cars from 1916 – the year the college was founded – to today. Admission is free.

Want to support Sacramento City College? Giving is easy – just visit www.bit.ly/givingtoscc. You can also own a piece of Sacramento history by purchasing anniversary memorabilia, including commemorative t-shirts, posters and the full-color coffee table book, “A History of Sacramento City College in 100 Objects.” Go to www.bit.ly/sccmerch. Los Rios Matters | SPRING 2017 13 

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