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St. Petersburg College and Smart Sparrow unveiled the Learning Design Starter Kit, a free learning design tool designed to help faculty worldwide create their own digital resources and improve student engagement.

Colleges and universities, worldwide, are making unprecedented investments in digital resources and data analytics designed to improve student engagement. But as publishing goes digital, the potential of faculty-generated content is often overlooked. With the Learning Design Starter Kit, St. Petersburg College and Smart Sparrow are putting the tools to create next generation online resources directly in the hands of faculty and instructional designers.

“Smart use of adaptive learning has to start with faculty-led planning and instructional design,” said Dawn Joyce, Professor of Communications at St. Petersburg College. “The Learning Design Starter Kit is an important resource because it gives faculty an opportunity to see how engaging adaptive learning technology is for students. Change is always intimidating, but the Learning Design Starter Kit helps faculty in this transitional phase by providing resources and support every step of the way.”

The Learning Design Starter Kit includes:

  • Resources on learning design
  • Adaptive lessons on how to plan and design learning for each student
  • Case studies from instructional designers and faculty
  • Tools and support that help faculty create the right program for their students’ success
  • An opportunity to create your own rich, interactive, and adaptive courseware

“Today’s teaching and learning technologies often cut academics out of the design process, and make it difficult to customize content or pedagogy,” said Dror Ben-Naim, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Smart Sparrow. “Faculty have a profound understanding of the types of tools and learning experiences needed to motivate and engage students in a digital age – our job is to help them to make their vision a reality, and receive real-time data to improve the teaching and learning process over time.”

With the toolkit, faculty will learn how to design online resources rooted in cutting-edge learning science, capture user data to evaluate student engagement, and create rich, interactive, and adaptive courseware.

The Learning Design Kit was developed with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is available for free to instructional designers and educators. Smart Sparrow tools, including the first-ever learning design platform, are currently used in over 500 institutions around the world. Smart Sparrow powers international teaching networks like Inspark Science Network and the BEST Network.

The Learning Design Starter Kit is available at http://learningdesignkit.com/.

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St. Petersburg College (SPC) today announced that Tech Data Corporation, one of the world’s leading IT distributors and the largest public company in the Tampa Bay region, will provide $10,000 in scholarships to SPC students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Technology Development and Management.

Tech Data

The scholarships will help cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books for SPC students, who can receive up to $2,000 a year, or $1,000 per semester. Five scholarship recipients will be selected beginning with the Fall 2016 term.

“Tech Data is excited to partner with SPC to provide students with the opportunity to learn and thrive in technology careers through this scholarship program,” said Angie Beltz, vice president, Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data and a member of the SPC Foundation Board of Directors. “This scholarship exemplifies our commitment to educating and training our future leaders.  SPC’s Technology Development and Management program provides students with the skills they need to work in today’s evolving IT landscape, and we thank SPC for their leadership and continued partnership.”

The scholarships will be distributed through the SPC Foundation, which is a direct support organization of St. Petersburg College.

“Tech Data, through the leadership of Bob Dutkowsky and Angie Beltz, has been a trailblazer in helping to ensure that area students possess the high-demand skills that will ensure their long-term success as well as the continued prosperity of the Tampa Bay area,” said Frances Neu, VP of Advancement for SPC. “We are proud to have their partnership.”

SPC recently partnered with Tech Data, Valpak, Agile Thought, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) to create a collaborative career development program known as the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp.

Among the 43 graduates who attended the Exploratory Lab, 78% were hired as interns or for new jobs by Tech Data, Agile Thought, Raymond James, Ernst & Young, local startup Lets Share Value, and an international company in Thailand. Some students returned to existing jobs seeking promotions and others returned to school with a new purpose.

Last month, Tech Data won Student Program of the Year from the TBTF for its leadership with the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp.

“Tech Data is a strong, local innovator and partner of St. Petersburg College,” said Sharon Setterlind, dean of SPC’s College of Computer and Information Technology. “This type of collaborative effort will help close technology skills gaps in the Tampa Bay area. We are hoping this kind of partnership catches on with technology firms across the Tampa Bay area, as it can truly make a difference in the lives of our students and the success of our local businesses.”

While students who receive the scholarship are not obligated to work or intern for Tech Data, Setterlind said she hopes the company continues to hire SPC graduates.

“Tech Data has hired several of our students, and they are thriving in their new careers,” she said.

To be eligible for the new scholarship, students must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at St. Petersburg College
  • Pursue a B.A.S. degree in Technology Development and Management
  • Maintain continuous enrollment in the degree program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Be a Florida resident
  • Not have completed more than 141 cumulative credits

For more information about this new scholarship, visit the Foundation website.

 

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will usher in the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s new Distinguished Speakers Series at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 at the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College.

Proceeds from the event, The Wozniak Project: An Evening with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, will support Foundation scholarships for SPC students. Known as one of the most important innovators of our time, Wozniak will lead a lively, interactive discussion customized for his audience.

General admission ticket prices for the event are $95 for Orchestra Lower Level seating and $85 for Balcony Upper Level seating. View seating charts and purchase tickets here.

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products. Together with the late Steve Jobs, Wozniak founded Apple Computer Inc. in 1976, and developed the Apple I personal computer. A year later, they unveiled the Apple II, launching the personal computing industry as we know it. For his achievements at Apple, former President Ronald Reagan in 1985 awarded Wozniak the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

Inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000, Wozniak received the Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer, and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for math and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.

Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and author of the New York Times’ best-selling autobiography “iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon.”

With more than 60% of SPC’s annual enrollment of 45,000 students relying on tuition assistance, scholarships play a critical role in the student success and help ensure that graduates are equipped with the high-demand skills necessary to address the opportunities of a rapidly changing marketplace.

The event is sponsored by: Raymond James; Lynn Hensley; The Bank of Tampa; Bright House Networks; Merrill Lynch; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Apple Employee #302; Cisco; Gregory, Sharer & Stuart; RBC Wealth Management; RedVector; Tribridge; Jagged Peak; and AgileThought.

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IMG_2885 (8 of 10)-X3Skills gaps in two of the primary industries in the Tampa Bay region are presenting opportunities for area students.

Since 2012, two separate studies have identified a dearth of skilled employees in the manufacturing and information technology fields. Meanwhile, the need is growing as the Tampa Bay area continues to add post-recession jobs in these two fields.

In 2013, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties housed more than 2,000 manufacturers with a total income contribution of nearly $9 million. With each new manufacturing job comes the creation of an additional 2.65 jobs, causing a ripple-effect on job creation.

Pinellas has the second largest base of manufacturing employment in Florida. The region, home to corporate headquarters or major plants for manufacturing giants such as Gerdau Ameristeel and Honeywell International, continues to grow. Meanwhile, Florida ranks among the top ten states for manufacturing, providing the opportunity for mobility for skilled manufacturers.

Tampa Bay has also become a hotbed of IT companies, including Jabil Circuit, Microsoft and Tech Data. It’s projected that IT job growth will outpace total occupation job growth in the area through 2019. In the Tampa Bay area, IT generates $16 billion in Gross Domestic Product each year.

Like the manufacturing industry, the trend in the Tampa Bay area mimics statewide growth. Florida currently ranks third in the nation for high-tech companies, offering myriad options for professional growth.

Meeting manufacturing, tech employer needs

St. Petersburg College is helping to meet the needs of local employers and the underemployed by preparing students for jobs in these two primary industries. More than half of the college’s fall 2014 graduates came from workforce programs designed to give them the skills and certifications needed to be highly employable in high-wage fields.

“It’s critical for our students and our community as a whole that our efforts at St. Petersburg College are aligned with the needs of local industry,” said Jason Krupp, SPC’s Director of Workforce Services. “Through a renewed focus on workforce programs, certifications and internships, we are preparing our students to enter the workforce more quickly and better prepared than ever before.”

Increasing numbers of students are graduating with industry-recognized IT certifications such as CISCO CCNA, JAVA, A+, Net+, Solid Works and SQL Server.

Debbie Frisch, a database professional and SPC graduate of the Tampa Bay Hi-Tech Training (HITT) Program in SQL Server said the training she received at St. Petersburg College helped her land a new job as a Marketing Data Specialist at Bright House Networks.

“I am very excited about the job, it seems to be a perfect fit for me,” Frisch said. “The HITT program is a wonderful opportunity and I was so lucky to be able to be involved in it.”

Frisch’s supervisor, Karen Nissen, said that having an employee with SQL knowledge “will add value to our team as our organization is moving toward being more data driven.”

“Being able to query on our data warehouse to get answers to complex questions is what we were looking for in a new employee, and Debbie’s drive to acquire additional SQL skills will ensure she is successful in these tasks,” said Nissen, Marketing Intelligence Manager for Bright House Networks.

Exploratory Lab Boot Camp

The college continues to respond to the needs of local industry. This spring, the college – along with partners Tech Data, Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF), Valpak and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg – launched the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp, a program to give students real-time, real-life exposure to technology skills sought by local companies. The program will help students from any area of academic study pursue the training they need to find high-wage, highly sought jobs.

“The Exploratory Lab is a great example of business and university leadership partnering together to create a unique learning experience that exposes students to the vast tech opportunities in the Tampa Bay area,” said Chris Cate, Vice Chair TBTF, and CIO of Cox Target Media/Valpak.

At the end of the week-long boot camp students will go straight into interviews for jobs and internships with Tech Data, a wholesale distributor of technology products headquartered in Pinellas County.

“Tech Data is excited about the opportunity to be part of a collaborative effort with leaders in the Tampa Bay area and to create best-in-class curriculum and collateral for the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp,” said Angie Beltz, Vice President of Product Marketing for the Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data. “We find this initiative very important because we are exposing non-Technology degree (students) to the opportunities in the technology industry, as well as reinforcing the skills necessary to be qualified for jobs at a company like Tech Data.”

Advanced manufacturing training

St. Petersburg College also provides short-term training programs in advanced manufacturing to prepare students for high-demand jobs in today’s technology-driven manufacturing market.

Through the Florida TRADE Consortium, more than 80 SPC students earned certifications in the fall of 2014 in areas including production technician (MSSC-CPT), CNC operator (NIMS), mechatronics worker (PMMI), computer aided design professional (Solidworks Professional) and safety (OSHA 30).

“These short-term certification programs are game changers,” Krupp said. “We’re putting students on a fast track to employment and providing local employers with skilled staff, now, when they need it. It’s a true win-win.”

(Sources: Enterprise Florida, www.enterpriseflorida.com; Pinellas County Economic Development, www.pced.org; Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, floridajobs.org; Tampa Bay Business Journal, www.bizjournals.com/tampabay; St. Petersburg College, www.spcollege.edu)

 

 

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An exciting new partnership between St. Petersburg College, Tech Data, Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF), Valpak and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has been designed to generate well-rounded, highly skilled IT workers for Tampa Bay employers. Dubbed the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp, the program will give students real-time, real-life exposure to technology skills sought by local companies.

“St. Petersburg College is honored to have the opportunity to work in such close partnership with Tech Data, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Valpak, and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in support of IT employment. The ability to strengthen our programs to better meet the needs of world-class employers is fundamental to our vision of success for our students.  Getting real-time feedback from students, employers, and partners will allow us to keep our courses current, focused, and highly relevant to the challenges of a global economy,” said Dr. Bill Law, St. Petersburg College President. “The Exploratory Lab Boot Camp is a great example of creative partnerships that move education out of the classroom and into the real world.”

The Exploratory Lab is a new and innovative model for career development that will be expanded through the strength of 250 Tampa Bay Technology Forum members.

“TBTF is proud to be a part of this partnership and believe the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp will offer a valuable connection between our area’s booming technical job growth and the talented student population in our area,” said Brian Murphy, Chair TBTF and President/CEO of ReliaQuest. “Programs like this help to turn the workforce conversation from what is viewed as a challenge in most regional areas to what I believe is an opportunity in the Tampa Bay area.”

The 70-hour program, slated to kick off on Feb. 10 with pre-planning sessions, will give Tampa Bay area companies local talent for their high-demand positions. The program, which is free for students, will give students a leg up on the job market – without increasing their credit hours – by giving them the ability to meet specific job requirements.

“The Exploratory Lab is a great example of business and university leadership partnering together to create a unique learning experience that exposes students to the vast tech opportunities in the Tampa Bay area,” said Chris Cate, Vice Chair TBTF, and CIO of Cox Target Media/Valpak.

Before the camp, which will begin March 23, students will spend the first 30 hours developing and presenting a business plan and networking. The camp itself includes all-day sessions taught by industry professionals on topics that include: integrated business; technology solutions; process and tools to create the user experience; and networking. At the end of the weeklong boot camp students will go straight into interviews for jobs and internships with Tech Data.

“Tech Data is excited about the opportunity to be part of a collaborative effort with leaders in the Tampa Bay area and to create best-in-class curriculum and collateral for the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp,” said Angie Beltz, Vice President of Product Marketing for the Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data. “We find this initiative very important because we are exposing non-Technology degree (students) to the opportunities in the technology industry, as well as reinforcing the skills necessary to be qualified for jobs at a company like Tech Data.”

The partnership and boot camp arose from a 2012 IT skills gap analysis conducted by Pat Gehant, Director of Workforce Initiative at TBTF. That study showed that Tampa Bay area technology companies are facing a critical shortage of qualified personnel to fill open jobs. The new program will help create a pipeline of skilled employees to meet the needs of local businesses.

“Companies hire for skills and character, not necessarily degrees,” said Gehant, a former IT director with a master’s degree in social science education. “It’s about the art of managing technology in the real world.”

The initial cohort will include 25 students from St. Petersburg College, USFSP and University of Tampa.

“Students can come from any major, because they’re as interested in psychology and education majors as they are IT majors,” said Jim Connolly, Director of Corporate Training at St. Petersburg College. “We’ve put together this curriculum in a five-day experience that will be hands-on … in a flipped classroom.”

To be eligible, participants must be enrolled in an academic program at one of the partnering institutions and seeking a bachelor’s degree, with sufficient credits to be a junior or senior, or be enrolled in a master’s degree program. Students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree who are enrolled in SPC’s “24” technology training program are also eligible. Students need not be enrolled in an IT area of study to apply.

Applications for the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp will be accepted through Jan. 23, 2015.

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Congratulations to the seven St. Petersburg College faculty members chosen to receive the 2014 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards from the League for Innovation in the Community College.

The awards will be presented at the Innovations 2015 conference in Boston in March.

The League is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. It hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities.

The 2014 St. Petersburg College award winners are:

Michael R. Gordon

SPC faculty Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Outstanding Student Engagement (On-Campus or Blended)

Michael Gordon serves as associate professor in the College of Computer and Information Technology. In response to a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to help the long-term unemployed gain employment, Gordon designed a blended Cisco Certified Network Associate certificate program that can be completed in just one semester – half the time it normally takes to complete the program. The blended format allows the vast majority of in-class time to be devoted to hands-on lab work.

Results have been outstanding, with 80 percent of the first cohort completing the program successfully and 86 percent of these students passing the CCNA exam on their first attempt. Beyond just academic accomplishment, many cohort members have gone on to find employment with local companies like Tech Data, American Computer Telecom, YMCA, NetWolves, Vology and Cisco Systems.

Cynthia Grey and Wendy Rib

SPC veterinary technology faculty Cynthia Grey and Wendy Rib receive an award from the League for Innovation.

From left: Cynthia Grey and Wendy Rib

Outstanding Student EngagementOnline

Cynthia Grey and Wendy Rib, professors of Veterinary Technology, collaborated to restructure the curriculum for the college’s online bachelor’s degree program in veterinary technology. During this process, Grey and Rib identified a need for a capstone course that spanned two semesters instead of one, and worked together to implement engaging online learning techniques to create a more individualized, learner-centered experience to improve learner outcomes and increase student success. An interactive activity implemented in the capstone courses is the use of the collaborative technology of WebEx, affording capstone students the ability to share their newly created knowledge in a synchronous online environment. To increase engagement, learners attend at least two presentations besides their own and actively participate in a question and answer period.

Other activities incorporated into the capstone experience are the out-of-class mentors and peer champions. Students contract with a mentor outside of the course whom they have identified as having specific skills that will help them successfully complete their senior project. For peer champions, classmates volunteer to support, encourage, and act as a resource for at least one other classmate’s project.

Students also receive individualized guidance from their professors. Both Rib and Grey spend time consulting with each student, usually by telephone, on their progress throughout capstone journey.

Ray Menard

SPC natural science faculty Ray Menard

Ray Menard

Excellence in Student Coaching and Support

Ray Menard serves as associate professor of Natural Science and has worked to help develop students’ technical skills in microbiology research for about seven years. Students visit the lab on their own time to learn the theory behind the techniques they use and gain hands-on experience in performing the experiments that make them successful and better prepared for the workforce. They develop critical thinking skills, learn to work individually and in groups, and also learn about science in a low pressure environment.

Through his coaching and support, students have investigated how spices inhibit microbial growth, and isolated an antibiotic-producing microbe that was identified as being Bacillus clausii. They have performed several molecular and biochemical analyses, and have isolated and characterized both DNA and proteins. The students have acquired good sterile techniques, are able to successfully culture microbes, and also have learned how to analyze the data and format figures and graphs.

Menard’s work with students also provides out-of-class support. In addition to being available to students in his classes to help with research, he also is available to help them with their other science classes. An unexpected benefit is that the students also help each other through questions they have regarding their classes.

Therezita K. Ortiz

SPC faculty Therezita Ortiz

Therezita Ortiz

Innovation in the Use of Technology

Therezita K. Ortiz serves as professor in the College of Computer and Information Technology and has been a full-time faculty member at St. Petersburg College since 1999. As of Fall 2014, she has taught more than 165 online courses, including Microcomputer Applications, Operating System Security, and Ethical Hacking, Network Defense and Countermeasures. She also has developed courses for traditional, blended and online formats.

Ortiz was the first in CCIT to implement the use of virtual machines for students in her courses. She also implemented the use of LABSIM, a web-based tool that created real-world, high-fidelity lab simulations, for networking, operating systems, Linux and security-related courses. Her use of multiple online communication resources like showmewhatswrong.com has allowed her to generate step-by-step video tutorials as she provides assistance to her students by walking them through particular tasks. This tool also enables the student to generate videos of what they are doing – right down to their key strokes as they work on assignments and projects. This capability is an asset to any learning environment, especially if it is online..

Ortiz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. She has held Microsoft certificates and is CompTIA Network+ certified.

Anthony Valentine

SPC faculty Anthony Valentine

Anthony Valentine

Innovative Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Anthony Valentine, instructor of Communications, teaches communication and theater courses at St. Petersburg College. Valentine has more than 30 years’ experience as a professional actor and as an acting coach, including appearances on Days of Our Lives, Miami Vice, Night Court, Cybill and Murder, She Wrote, in addition to numerous professional plays.

He incorporates his professional performance experience into his speech courses by demonstrating to students how speaking in public is a form of performance that is similar to acting onstage. His acting experience helps students with both the performance and the business sides of theater and film, and his research includes acting for the camera based on a model of interpersonal communication, public speaking as performance, and teaching diversity in the classroom.

Valentine holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, a master’s degree in communication/performance and a doctorate in fine art/theatre. He currently teaches Introduction to Speech Communication, Public Speaking, Introduction to Theatre Arts, and Acting for the stage and for the camera.

James A. Wallis

SPC faculty James Wallis

James Wallis

Innovation in the Use of Technology

James Wallis, professor of Natural Science, teaches at the Tarpon Springs Campus. His research background is in the development of science-oriented virtual field trips. His interest lies in developing multimedia presentations that provide virtual experiences that are comparable to those of students who physically access natural habitats, when it is not possible to visit those locations.

Many of the students attending St. Petersburg College cannot attend field trips due to restrictions on their time, such as taking night classes or traveling to locations that are a great distance from the college. Students often are place-bound with respect to engaging in activities, such as field trips, that may enhance the educational experience in the sciences. As an alternative, Professor Wallis has developed a repository of completed virtual field trips (VFTs), videos and images to be used to develop multimedia presentations to support classroom instruction. The images have been collected during trips throughout Florida, Belize and Costa Rica. The repository includes a collection of images that are focused on topics in natural science and ecology. Images are sorted into groupings for quick reference, such as tropical species, reefs, aquatic species, and images of students engaged in science-related activities.

Many of the visuals collected were the result of a grant from the Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning to purchase materials needed to develop virtual field trips. They have been housed on Dropbox to allow access to the materials by other instructors who are interested in developing lessons that need relevant visual support. All materials are freely available for use by other SPC instructors to develop classroom support materials. This provides open access to a growing collection of images and video covering various topics. To date, 700 images and videos are available for use in developing classroom materials by interested SPC instructors.

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The future is now on St. Petersburg College’s Seminole Campus.

The recent opening of the Innovation Lab in the library at the campus drew more than 100 people, including a who’s who of college, community and tech leaders.

Creative learning environments like the lab, often called makerspaces, are growing in popularity. In SPC’s lab, instructors, students and library card holders can use the latest technology tools, including a 3D printer, Cublets KT06 modular robots and the Korg littleBits circuits in seconds kit. With the Monolith 3D printer, made locally by Free Fab 3D, users can create virtually any object through a wide variety of computer programs. In fact, much of the printer itself was created on a 3D printer.

The Cubelets modular robotics kit lets users build surprisingly complex robots out of simple parts that fit together like building blocks. The Korg littleBits kit is a do-it-yourself synthesizer used to compose original electronic music in mere seconds.

The lab also includes an iMac and a desktop running Ubuntu Linux, giving users a taste of different operating systems and the programs they offer, such as Apple’s newly released Swift programming language.

One of the computers in the lab is dedicated to podcasting and audio experiments, and has a professional grade microphone and mixer. All of this was made possible by SPC librarian Chad Mairn’s vision, a $3,500 college innovation grant and help from Seminole Campus Provost Jim Olliver.

Guests at the morning and evening grand opening parties included SPC President Bill Law, Seminole Vice Mayor Thomas Barnhorn, Seminole City Council member Patricia Plantamura, and Lance Eppley and Fri Rider, the designers of the Monolith 3D printer. Mo Eppley of the St. Pete Makers, also attended. St. Pete Makers is a non-profit group seeking to bring a high-tech makerspace to St. Petersburg.

The innovators demonstrated what the lab’s 3D printer was capable of, showing off many complex designs that were created on the Monolith such as a bearing printed as a single piece. Most importantly, members of the community – young and old – filled the lab and spilled out into the hall during the grand opening parties.

One guest, a 12-year-old Android app developer, volunteered to teach a workshop on mobile development. Mairn was quick to accept and noted that the lab will host a wide variety of workshops and guest speakers. Among them will be the creator of a makerspace in Taiwan who will connect with guests via teleconference on the lab’s smart TV and webcam.

The lab will host its first workshop on June 12, 10 a.m. – noon, on how to create a LibraryBox, a palm-sized computer designed to serve files in areas with no Internet access. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The Innovation Lab is currently seeking volunteers to help run the lab. You can apply online or by contacting Chad Mairn at 394-6917.

Check out our Facebook gallery of the Innovation Lab opening. Read coverage of the Innovation Lab in, the Tampa TribuneTMCnet.com and 83degreesmedia.com.

SPC student Chris Demmons, who writes for SPC’s student newspaper, Sandbox News, provided this report. Read his story in Sandbox News.

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