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The Seminole Community Library will be the location of the grand opening of the SPC’s new Innovation Lab next week.

YOU’RE INVITED:
SPC employees and the public are invited to the grand opening
Tuesday, June 3
11 a.m. to noon and 6 to 7 p.m.
Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College
9200 113th St., Seminole, LI 201.

The lab serves as a creative environment, often called a makerspace, that will provide people with common interests like computers, technology, science or digital arts a location to socialize and collaborate on ideas and learn new skills. Visitors to the SPC location will be able to learn how to program different devices, such as the Raspberry Pi, the Arduino Genuine Mega 2560 Board and the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board.

The lab offers:

  • 3-D printer
  • FreeFab3D Monolith 3D Printer built locally using other 3D printers
  • littleBits Synth Kit
  • Arduino Genuine Mega 2560 Circuit Board Experimentation Kit
  • Avid Fast Track Duo Audio Interface with Pro Tools Express
  • An iMac, 2 Linux computers, and 1 Windows computer
  • A variety of Open Source Software applications for 3D printing, design etc.
  • MaKey MaKey: Original Invention Kit
  • Cubelets KT06 Kit
  • ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board
  • 2 CanaKit Raspberry Pi Ultimate Starter Kits
  • Apollo Precision Tools 53-Piece Tool Kit
  • Parallax Programmable Boe-Bot Robot Kit
  • Elenco Deluxe Learn To Solder Kit
  • Samsung 32-Inch 1080p LED HDTV with Logitech TV Cam HD for Skype Calls
  • Chromecast
  • Online File Distribution System for access to project files, open access resources, etc.
  • Reference collection including books and magazines

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The public is invited to the grand opening of the Innovation Lab
Date: Tuesday, June 3
Time: 11 a.m.-noon and 6-7 p.m.
Where: Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College
9200 113th St, Seminole, LI 201

Beginning in June, budding creators and innovators can share ideas, create robots, learn or sharpen programming skills and build objects using 3-D printers at St. Petersburg College’s new Innovation Lab. The space, located in the Seminole Community Library, provides a modern, technologically advanced version of your dad’s garage, so to speak.

The lab’s grand opening is June 3 in room 201 from 11 a.m. – noon and 6 to 7 p.m. at SPC’s Seminole Campus. The event, at 9200 113th St., Seminole, is open to the public.

These creative learning environments, often called makerspaces, are growing in popularity, said Information Services Librarian Chad Mairn, who received a $3,500 Innovation Grant from the St. Petersburg College Foundation to start the lab.

“For years we’ve been more consumption oriented, but now the trend is moving towards creating while discovering things yourself,” said Mairn. “With these technology tools, you can design and build things, learn, and share ideas instead of passively consuming information.”

The space will provide an area where people with common interests like computers, technology, science or digital arts can socialize and collaborate on ideas and learn new skills. In SPC’s lab, which is open to the public, visitors can learn how to program different devices, such as the Raspberry Pi, the Arduino Genuine Mega 2560 Circuit Board and the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board.

Instructional Technologist Nancy Munce shows off the cookie cutter she created in SPC’s Innovation Lab.

Instructional Technologist Nancy Munce shows off the cookie cutter she created in SPC’s Innovation Lab.

“That lab is going to be phenomenal,” said Instructional Technologist Nancy Munce, who used the 3-D printer to create a cookie cutter she designed from scratch. “Those printers are still wickedly expensive; too expensive to have at home. The potential to learn valued skills is remarkable.”

Munce saw Mairn’s enthusiastic Facebook post about the lab and took him up on his offer to get involved. She was looking to prepare cookies for a friend who was graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

She figured out how to use Adobe Illustrator to create an outline for the cookie cutter and then used a 3-D CAD (computer-assisted design) program for the rest.

“I poked around and somehow figured it all out,” said Munce. “Basically this saved me from having to cut three dozen cookies by hand.”

In addition to the printer, the lab will have:

  • FreeFab3D Monolith 3D Printer built locally using other 3D printers
  • littleBits Synth Kit
  • Arduino Genuine Mega 2560 Circuit Board Experimentation Kit
  • Avid Fast Track Duo Audio Interface with Pro Tools Express
  • An iMac, 2 Linux computers, and 1 Windows computer
  • A variety of Open Source Software applications for 3D printing, design etc.
  • MaKey MaKey: Original Invention Kit
  • Cubelets KT06 Kit
  • ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board
  • 2 CanaKit Raspberry Pi Ultimate Starter Kits
  • Apollo Precision Tools 53-Piece Tool Kit
  • Parallax Programmable Boe-Bot Robot Kit
  • Elenco Deluxe Learn To Solder Kit
  • Samsung 32-Inch 1080p LED HDTV with Logitech TV Cam HD for Skype Calls
  • Chromecast
  • Online File Distribution System for access to project files, open access resources, etc.
  • Reference collection including books and magazines

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St. Petersburg College’s Seminole Campus and the City of Seminole/Seminole Community Library celebrated their partnership with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new Environmental Path. The ceremony also included the planting of two live oaks to signify the enduring partnership and dedication of a bench along the path donated by the Friends of the Seminole Library.

Cutting the ribbon along with Seminole Campus Provost Jim Olliver are Library Director Michael Bryan, Mayor Leslie Waters, Student Government President Jonathan Jacques and a host of faculty, staff, friends and city officials:

ribbon cutting

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St. Petersburg College students are hearing the college’s message about the importance of out-of-class support. While students come to the Campus Learning Centers for a variety of reasons, the number who come for free tutoring continues to grow.

Student use of tutoring services in the Campus Learning Centers so far this fall is up 89 percent compared to last fall.

The graphic below shows the breakdown by campus and by discipline of those visits last week for math and statistics, science and reading/writing/speech. Those three areas draw the largest number of students seeking help.

The graphic represents only the visits for Week 9. Total visits in these areas for the semester so far number almost 13,000.

Tutorial-Services_Oct-23

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StartupBus DisplayStudents, do you want to learn how to develop and pitch new apps, ideas and products in today’s fast-paced market?

Join StartupBus Conductor and local entrepreneur Greg Ross-Munro on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Campus, Room ES104.

StartupBus is a 72-hour experience working with a new team to build a product and develop a pitch on a bus barreling toward the South by Southwest (SXSW) tech conference in Austin, Texas, to compete for funding from investors.

The situation forces “buspreneurs” to focus on efficiency, spontaneity and continuous innovation — all crucial factors for launching a successful startup business. A successful startup also requires a range of talents, and StartupBus welcomes them all – from Hustlers (marketing pros) to Hackers (computer programmers) to Hipsters (designers).

Can’t wait to learn more about launching a successful startup business? Visit the startup display in the Clearwater library, check out a great book, and check out the discussion on Oct. 29.

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Learning-Center_Oct-17Thanks to higher faculty participation and a declining stigma related to seeking help, the number of students visiting a St. Petersburg College Learning Center has hit the 10,000 mark – nearly doubling last year’s visits.

Through week 8 of the fall 2013 semester, a total of 10,560 SPC students visited a campus Learning Center. They visited a total of 48,714 times.

Through the mid point of the semester last year, 5,647 students had visited a Learning Center 23,921 times.

“Faculty are spending their office hours in the Learning Centers, which makes them more accessible to their students,” said Joe Leopold, director of learning resources. In fact, faculty held 1,259 office hours in Learning Centers through week 8 of this semester, an increase from 997 hours last year.

While many students visit a Learning Center to use a computer, a total of 2,193 students sought help in one or more subject areas during week 8.

Math is, by far, the most common subject requested for tutoring, followed by writing and science. In all, 142 tutors offer instruction at 10 locations in nearly every subject at SPC.

“We have the best tutors around,” Leopold said. “They offer high quality one-on-one and group tutoring. Students come back for specific tutors.”

Data gathered last year shows that 80 percent of the students who visited a Learning Center at least four times completed their courses with a C or better.

Leopold believes that for some struggling students, seeing faculty members in the tutoring centers has lessened the stigma of asking for help.

“Now, many of them visiting the Learning Centers are the best students we’ve got,” he added.

Below, student Ly Tan, a pre-med major, talks about his experience at the SPC Downtown Learning Center.

Video

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On Aug. 22, St. Petersburg College and the city of Seminole commemorated 10 years of joint-use library services, TBNweekly.com reported.

With funding from the city, the college and the state, the Dennis L. Jones Seminole Community Library at SPC opened on Aug. 10, 2003. “Today, the Seminole Community Library is considered a trailblazer and looked at as a model not just throughout the country, but internationally,” according to the article.

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