STEAM Engine hosts open house March 1

February 24, 2017

Grant-funded Maker Space includes beneficial equipment and technologies

Over the last decade, “maker spaces” have grown in popularity. These centers provide an assemblage of tools and technology-driven equipment that help designers bring their ideas to life. Now the EMCC campus has its own maker space, called the STEAM Engine. An open house is being held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017 in Mariposa Hall, rooms 139 and 140.

Developed by Physics faculty emeritus, David Weaver, the addition of this creative center on campus gives students new ways to learn and interact, as well as teach and help one another. Some of the equipment currently available in the STEAM Engine include a large 3D printer, a laser cutter and etcher, a CNC mill, sewing machines, a vinyl cutter, and a dye sublimation printer. These and the other tools will lend towards innovative creations for projects in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The project was funded with grant support from the AZ Ramp Up program; a part of the Department of Labor.

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Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the 11 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. EMCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 14,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. Classes are also offered online and at EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, located in downtown Buckeye, Ariz.