In December of 2017 KCI opened an exciting new resource for our local community, the KCI Underground Makerspace.  The space provides our community with the resources to design and make using a variety of computer-aided design and manufacturing and other tools. We aim to serve all our constituents: Foothills students and staff, local area educators and the broader San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. We provide not only the tools but the courses, certification, events and social support to get you making.

Equipment

Currently our equipment includes a 60-watt laser cutter, two vinyl cutters, soldering stations six 3D printers (three Dremels, a MakerBot and two Pegasus), two Carveys, a sewing machine, microcontrollers, hand tools, woodworking materials, and much more. Over time we will be adding additional woodworking tools (including routers, hand tools and non-CAM machines), two additional laser cutters and other tools.

Courses and Other Offerings

Foothill students, high school students, community member and teachers can all take classes in our makerspace. Currently we are teaching fabrication and design thinking classes and will expand offerings in the winter and spring of 2018.  Our programs include an 18-unit makerspace programs designed for educators who are seeking employment related to makerspaces. These classes will count towards an accredited certification that we expect to be approved by the State in summer of 2019. Starting in the summer of 2018, ten new courses will be offered focused on design thinking, computational thinking, Computer Science, and 3D design.

KCI’s core mission is to serve educators and the Makerspace expands what we offer.  We are developing courses and other resources to get K14 educators to learn how to implement maker projects in their own classrooms.

Foothills students with a full course load can get certified to use the space for free.  High school students can take Makerspace classes for credit at Foothill. Students in Foothill’s attendance area can take these classes tuition free.

We are also hosting maker and other events for the community. Starting in December 2017 we are offering a limited number of community memberships and will expand memberships over time.  You can get on our waitlist for community membership.

Get Involved

If you have suggestions about the space, tools, events or programs or to get involved, contact  KCI’s Maker In Residence.

Funding

The KCI/Foothill Underground Makerspace is part of and funded by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Maker initiative.