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Sierra College Supports National Day of Making


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Rocklin, CA- President Barrack Obama has proclaimed Wednesday, June 18, the first ever National Day of Making.  In response to President Obama's call to empower America's students and entrepreneurs to invent the future, Sierra College pledges to continue its support to train, inspire, and promote creativity and innovation in our classrooms, and throughout our community.  

Sierra College teaches skills for future Makers in an open environment that promotes creativity and invention. Sierra has programs within its curriculum that integrate entrepreneurial endeavors into student's educational experience.  

Mechatronics is a skill set that integrates mechanics, electronics, and computers. The two-year degree and certificate program is a gateway to a diverse range of exciting and rewarding careers.

The Mechatronics Robotics Club recently participated in the Maker's Faire in San Mateo, CA, which is sponsored by Make Magazine. This annual event has an attendance of over 80,000 people. The project for this year's Maker's Fair was to race a student-designed and built electric Barbie car. By being part of this event, Sierra College and the Mechatronics department was highlighted as an innovative, creative learning environment that is supportive of emerging technologies. Make Magazine interviewed the Sierra College Robotics Club team at the competition. The interview was posted on the front-page of their website www.makezine.com and the video is on YouTube: entitled "Wonder Wagon" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oowHDdHDec

 The Energy Technology Program is located within the Construction and Energy Technology Department. Currently the Sierra College Energy Technology Program offers three courses in photovoltaic (PV) installation.  The first two courses focus on residential solar installation and provide students with the knowledge and skills to work in the solar industry as solar installers, sales persons and technicians. The third course (Advanced Photovoltaic Systems) also focuses on system design, off-grid and commercial systems.

The Sierra College Physics and Engineering Club along with the Energy Technology Program competed in the Northern California SMUD Solar Regatta at the Rancho Seco Recreational Area in Herald, CA on May 17, and came back to the Rocklin Campus the big winners of the event.

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is focused on Advanced Manufacturing and is funded through the Workforce and Economic Development program of the California Community College Chancellor's Office.  Since 1992, the Sierra College CACT has provided customized training for organizations, manufacturers and technology companies throughout Northern California. Through the STEM Collaborative, Sierra College works with middle and high schools to promote STEM Education and careers. 

Through a partnership with Sierra College CACT, Sacramento Hacker Lab: http://hackerlab.org/  has a new 3D Printer. Hacker Lab offers an innovative work-space for entrepreneurs and "Makers."

 Among the efforts being launched by the President at the White House Maker Faire:

  • Helping Makers launch new businesses and create jobs, with more than 13 federal agencies and companies including Etsy, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Local Motors offering Makers a suite of support services including expanded access to start-up grants, strong relationships with American manufacturers and major retailers, and business mentoring and training.
  • Dramatically expanding the number of students that have the opportunity to become Makers, with the Department of Education and five other agencies; over 150 colleges and universities; more than 130 libraries; and major companies ranging including Intel, Autodesk, Disney, Lego, 3D Systems, and MAKE committing to create more Makerspaces, enlist more educators in teaching Making, and launch other programs that allow students access to the tools and mentors that will bring their ideas to life.
  • Challenging Makers to tackle our most pressing problems, from Maker Nurses prototyping new tools that will aid in patient care, to Makers expanding our frontiers in space, to Makers here and abroad developing low-cost technologies that can improve the livelihoods of the world's most vulnerable people.

 America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools, with even more being created by the day. These tools are enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything.

The rise of the Maker Movement represents a huge opportunity for the United States. Nationwide, new tools for democratized production are boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in manufacturing, in the same way that the Internet and cloud computing have lowered the barriers to entry for digital startups, creating the foundation for new products and processes that can help to revitalize American manufacturing.

These tools, increasing access to nearby makerspaces, and events like Maker Faires across the country are inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs, empowering Makers to launch manufacturing startups in the same way that Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs developed and marketed the first Apple Computer while participating in the Homebrew Computer Club.  Mentors and educators are "passing it on" and inspiring boys and girls to invent, tinker, and learn vital skills in STEM education.

 






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