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Transforming Teaching & Learning

We help educators bring innovative practices to their classrooms to motivate, challenge, and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.

We've brought together some of the most talented and experienced professionals with extensive backgrounds in the educational and corporate spheres with the goal of improving education in our communities. Our state-of-the-art facility serves as an instructional space as well as a laboratory for exploration and learning.

Over 21,000 teachers and countless students have benefitted from KCI programs

Programs for K-14 Educators

We offer immersive summer programs and courses throughout the year at our site and online. Our classes and programs prepare teachers to use a variety of new teaching methodologies, hardware and software tools, including free web 2.0 applications, in daily instructional practice. Most programs begin with a summer intensive followed by additional activity during the school year.

We also offer Tailored Professional Development Programs (including Mini-MERIT) developed to meet school and district needs and goals.

  • Build your content knowledge and teaching skills in STEM subjects.
  • Use technology to enhance your teaching and learning.
  •  Gain confidence in your skills and ability to inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.


For educators, students & community members, we offer high quality and affordable training on how to use leading-edge technology for your professional development or personal use.

See our credit courses and non-credit workshops >

Educators & Community

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KCI Program Graduates

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Join the community of fellow KCI alumni and keep abreast of upcoming KCI opportunities and special members-only offerings.


“Humans do two things that make us unique from all other animals; use tools and we tell stories. And when you make something, you're doing both at once.”
Adam Savage

Community Makerspace

For Foothill De Anza District students and staff, local area educators, homeschoolers, and the broader community

Our Makerspace is designed and dedicated to hands-on creativity and prototyping, serving as a laboratory for teaching and learning. It is open to the college and general community to work on projects and share ideas, equipment, and knowledge.

Learn about our tools, events, and support >

Build a Makerspace

Interested in bringing Making to your school, library or community center?

Let us guide you through successful implementation of your Makerspace. We also offer the SPACE Makerspace Program to equip leaders and facilitators with the necessary skills and collaborative mindset to spark creativity and innovation. The program includes a Makerspace Coordinator Certificate and more.

Contact us to discuss your makerspace >

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What's New in Education?

What's New at KCI?


We're hiring! Apply before Dec 5.
Director, KCI Strategy and Marketing >


Workshops in the Makerspace  >
Get acquainted with the KCI Makerspace while creating a beautiful project to keep or give as a gift.
Silk Scarf: Sat, Nov 23
Polymer Clay Jewelry: Sat, Dec 17 &14
Laser Cut Wooden Bowl: Sat, Feb 15 & 22


SPACE Makerspace Program >
accepting applications now for Winter 2020 Cohort

Join KCI Connects >
Build & sustain your connections within the KCI Community


FASTech Fall 2019 Courses  >

Designing Web-Based Learning Projects
Discover online project design that promotes inquiry-based student learning and smart use of the web for search and Web tools (1 unit)

Cloud-Based Word Processing Tools
Learn to create and publish interactive hyperdocs, track changes and more (1 unit)