Ricardo Espinoza in Supplemental Education partnered wth Alex Yasbek, adjunct Engineering instructor at Cabrillo to build a custom standing desk for his office. This was a win-win - the cost of was just under $200.00 and Ricardo is happier at work.
Success! What is so exciting about the Makerspace Internship Program is the real experience. These are the challenges and processes of what I will be facing as I develop my own business and step into a career in this industry. The Makerspace Internship Program provided the networking that I didn’t have. I learned so much from the beginning of this experience, starting with client communication to develop a shared idea that is realistic to managing a budget, managing my time, and problem solving.
The 2018 Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire was held at Cabrillo College on May 5th. There were over 50 exhibitors in all at the event. There were activities for everyone demonstrating both traditional and digital fabrication techniques. Among the faire’s highlights were a foundry pour, a marching pneumatic robot with furry bear ears, a sandbox that used colored light to create geographic land and seascapes, and creating name tags with laser cut stencils.
Cabrillo College was one of 24 colleges to receive a CCC Maker Implementation Grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to build an inclusive makerspace community, provide internships, embed making into curriculum and prepare students with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) skills to succeed in the innovation economy.
The second annual Santa Cruz Arts & Technology Festival being held on Sat. May 13, 2017 at the Center for Spiritual Living, will also feature three evenings of fascinating and relevant panel discussions, including Payson McNett of Cabrillo Fab Lab!
Adjunt faculty member, Payson McNett describes his experiences starting the Cabrillo College Fab Lab. The lab is equipped with state of the art technology to assist students with learning skills for 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting and engraving, vinyl cutting, and CNC router capabilities.
From modest beginnings and a very generous equipment donation from Dave Britton’s MakersFactory back in 2014-15, Cabrillo College is on the brink of developing their small but mighty Fab Lab in the Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts (VAPA) Division’s Art Department into a full-blown makerspace.
You may already know that the first Santa Cruz MINI Maker Faire is set for Saturday, April 16, 10am-6pm, at Gateway School. I had the opportunity to catch up with Zaq Roberts, the person behind this event, to find out what inspired him to pull this event together, and learn some of what’s planned for the day.