San Francisco college to invest $350k in new MakerSpaces

The City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has received a $350,000 grant to develop a new Maker Sphere.

Speaking to the San Francisco Examiner CCSF’s Jeff Hamilton explained, “We are creating a new space and learning environment where students can engage in learning 21st century skills“.

“Our students are already ‘makers’ and have been for a long time. This grant allows us to engage in cross-disciplinary learning, bringing together the skills and expertise of many of our maker departments.”

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Combining art and science

The CCSF grant will be used to equip three locations with a range of tools, including 3D printers.

Each of the Makerspaces will focus on a specific area of STEAM skills with a computer science lab, a photo editing and recording space and a makerspace equipped with laser cutters, drill presses and 3D printers.

Cisco is providing a Telepresence system to allow students to collaborate on projects across the three locations.

The labs will be available to CCSF students enrolled on arts, humanities, social sciences and science courses. Furthermore, workshops and events for the community will be organised.

The CCSF Maker Sphere also acknowledges the important link between the Arts and Sciences. Theresa Rowland, CCSF’s associate vice chancellor of workforce development highlighted this point saying, “What happens when you have fashion students collaborating with IT students? Amazing innovations that we can’t even anticipate today.”

The college will open the new spaces in this Fall and more information can be found here.

You can also read more about how makerspaces across the world are making 3D printing accessible to schools and teachers in this article from the Nerve Center’s John Peto.

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Featured image shows the City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus. Photo via San Francisco Examiner.