Makerspace at the KCI

KCI To Open New Makerspace–An Innovative Space for Students, Educators, and the Community

The KCI/Foothill College has recently received funding from the California Community Colleges (CCC) Maker initiative for a two-year grant to develop and launch a Makerspace at the KCI. One of the goals is to become a community hub for Makers and potential Makers across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Makerspace demonstration

About the program

The KCI Makerspace will provide opportunities for all people within the community to create designs, while developing social structures that foster multi-generational collaboration.

  • Elementary students can come on field trips in the Makerspace.
  • High school students can take Makerspace classes for credit at Foothill. Students in Foothill’s attendance area will be able to take these classes tuition free.
  • Teachers who come to Makerspace will be part of KCI’s core mission of providing innovative professional development education and training to support the diverse workforce needed to compete in the knowledge economy.
  • College students can engage in coursework in multiple disciplines within the Makerspace. We will also have basic courses for students to “try out” different fields of study, including Design Thinking, Coding, and 3D Fabrication.
  • Working adults and older adults will find our Makerspace an environment that will stimulate their creativity and offer them ways to mentor younger makers.

First year of the grant

The first year of the grant will focus on transforming one of the computer labs in the KCI into a makerspace that can accommodate up to 32 students, with the following equipment:

  • Laser cutters
  • Vinyl cutters
  • Soldering stations
  • 3D printers
  • Microcontrollers

Programs and Classes

Programs and classes will be launched for local college and high school students, educators, and community members. KCI has developed ten additional courses in

  • Design Thinking
  • Computational Thinking/Computer Science
  • 3D Design

In these courses, students will engage in product creation, with an emphasis on design thinking concepts, such as ideation, prototyping, and iteration.

Soft Launch is Nov 1, 2017. Formal opening is December 1, 2017

Professional Development

Another key activity will be providing professional development opportunities for K – 14 educators to learn how to implement maker projects in their own classrooms. Teachers will also have the opportunity to work alongside students to fabricate parts, using simple materials like popsicle sticks and hot glue, to using more sophisticated tools like 3D printers and programing.

Contact Information

For more information about the schedule and launch of the KCI MakerSpace, contact Kyle Brumbaugh: