SCC Maker Planning Team

Sac City Makerspace Ribbon Cutting – COS 110/108

Join us as we show off where the new SCC Makerspace will be created! While empty rooms now, stop by to learn about our collective vision to create a dynamic environment for collaboration, project-based learning, and providing 21st Century skills for our students.

Starring  Jim Town, Tom Cappelletti, Mark Boguski, and Terry Peterson


makerspace invite sept. 14 1201pm

Thank you to all the students participating during this wild ride this semester. Special Media Team thank you to students Michelle Zamora, Jake Sax, and Chris Williams for planning, shooting, editing, and scoring the music for this video.

As part of the CCC Maker Grant Proposal for the makerspace here on campus, we are conducting a student maker event here on campus. We plan to exhibit this sometime  at the Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo on May 20, as the chancellor’s office has a booth for the CCC Maker statewide project

This is completely the students’ idea, and student-driven, with Professors Terry Peterson, Jim Town, and Tom Cappelletti getting supplies, coaching, and cheerleading (and buying pizza on occasion). Over 30 students showed up to the first planning session, over in the computer lab, and immediately started “brainstorming” ideas. Faculty went over the CCC Maker Project and how Sacramento City College is moving fast and furiously FORWARD (our school motto) on developing a robust Makerspace here on campus, hopefully open early next year.

During our second meet up, now named “Powered By Pizza” haha, students formed into four working groups, called the Fabrication Team (to build and construct), the Programming Team (to create interactivity via Arduinos and controllers), the Media Team, to work on publicity, imagery, a Go Fund Me: SCC’s “The BrainMatter Project” – GoFundMe and finally the Documentation Team, a group of students that have been documenting the CCC Maker Project here since January with posters, photos, and a 5 minute video (coming soon). In fact, they did the 2 minute video on the student project embedded above.

Dee Benitez Gonzalez is our Student Lead, running herd on all of us. We have a very active Slack (with 41 members!) operating with multiple team channels buzzing away and making those annoying “slack” alert tones all day long. Kyle Braver leads the Programming Team, and AJ Dellaringa leads the Fabrication Team, with Sara Wolfgang patterning the 8 ft. brain, and Nicole Sivell over in the Costume Shop posted this 1/8 scale brain mockup.

Remember, the final inflatable brain will be 7 to 8 feet across!

brain matter mock upCisco Vasquez and Tanish Jindal, along with Kim Glaster, are working the Media Team, and of course Michelle Zamora on the Documentation Team. Students working on the maker project started a go-fund-me page to raise additional funds to cover expenses and buy more tickets so more of them can attend the Maker Faire.




About 30 faculty, admin, staff, and of course, students, met up to get an update on the planning and working on our proposal. Updates included additional curriculum ideas, ways of using the space, the BRAINMATTERS student makerthon project. Finding a space has been tough on campus due to Mohr Hall pending being closed for a new building, etc.

We can happily report that after much research and deliberation, it is looking like the south wing of the Cosmetology Building, housing two classrooms (one a former shop) several offices, and two bathrooms, will be the makerspace on campus. This is about 2000 sq. ft total!

More to follow on that. We wanted to show this trailer for this documentary on making. In the fall, we will have screenings of this movie too for the entire campus community.

we make sac city


Under the coaching of Professors Terry Peterson and James Town, maker madness continues as our ad hoc student maker team met again just prior to Spring Break to brainstorm ideas for a collaborative maker project. Students busted out into teams, such as the fabrication team, the programming team, the design visuals team, and the documentation team, and came up with the concept of “BRAINMATTERS” and our figuring out ways to create a giant inflatable interactive “brain” so stay tuned!


What a turn out! 30 students, along with 6 faculty and staff showed up for our “fast and furious to the finish line” student spontaneous maker collaborative. Representing departments and disciplines from across campus, this project is going to be interesting.

What enthusiasm and passion, it was impressive. The team created a slack for team communications, and named the student team, Powered By Pizza.




Designed by GCOM student Sam Liff, and appearing on bulletin boards EVERYWHERE, a series of modern makerspace posters have been appearing all over Sac City.

This is part of our campus awareness campaign, as we begin our roll out of our makerspace.

Thanks Sam, nice work. PS: More to come!

  • poster image - makerspace definition

Pouring over data from industry, interviews with faculty and staff, and of course students, along with data provided by PRIE (thank you Marybeth), we have assembled a snapshot of our campus population with this self study.

Please download the PDF here


The SCC Makerspace Planning Team is conducting this informal self study to inform and prepare our college’s Makerspace Implementation Plan, to clarify our specific needs and identify opportunities that would best serve our students. Intended to be a living document, we will gather and analyze student, program and institutional data, investigate industry, community and regional information, and stakeholder needs and attitudes. We will identify institutional strengths and weaknesses by analyzing our institutional profile.

We will review and analyze existing systems, resources and data as a baseline for our makerspace project development. The purpose of this data review is to help our planning team identify and define the right questions, problems and solutions for our college.

As we proceed to identify stakeholders and develop our ecosystem (using Kumu), we seek to use data to investigate issues related to equity and underserved populations. We ask questions on how a makerspace at SCC could address gaps in access, engage our students in the maker movement, and ultimately increase student success rates. This success includes, but is not limited to, course and program completion rates, increased pathways to rewarding careers in our region, and developing strong and relevant skills.