KCKCC Learning Commons announces first MakerSpace event

The Learning Commons at Kansas City Kansas Community College is holding its fall 2019 MakerSpace event series starting Sept. 12.

The theme this year is Campus Collaboration, and events will be held at all KCKCC locations, led by a master-maker-in-residence who represents the culture of each campus.

The 2019-2020 MakerSpace series will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, on the patio outside the Learning Commons at 7250 State Ave.

The first master-maker-in-residence is KCKCC President Greg Mosier. During “Painting with the Prez,” Dr. Mosier will be demonstrating the art of poured painting and the various techniques required to make unique designs. Participants will leave with a painted canvas.

Space is limited for this event, so reservations are requested to 913-288-7659 or visit https://kckcc.libguides.com/Learning_Commons/makerspace.

Other events this semester will focus on using the Cricut Design Studio to create designs for window decals, T-shirts, bags, cups and more. At each event, participants are able to leave with a tangible creation along with the confidence to continue building upon their new skill set.

The mobile MakerSpace provides students, faculty and staff with resources, guided practice and opportunities for partnership across multiple campus locations. Using innovative tools to transform concepts into reality and serving as a hub for collaborative design and interdisciplinary skills, the MakerSpace builds confidence in making.

What happens at a Maker Event?

Materials, tools and guidance are provided for each attendee to “make” a project. Examples include:

• Blueprint, build and plant a raised neighborhood/campus garden
• Design and create lighted LED circuit holidays cards, jewelry or art
• Use design software to create marketing materials such as T-shirts, mugs or stickers for clubs, organizations or class projects
• Tiny, little libraries around campus
• Make paper, construct and illustrate a book for poetry collection

The mobile MakerSpace cart is available for use at the Learning Commons and is located on the main floor in the Digital Access Studio.

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