Classes at the Krause Center of Innovation at Foothill College for homeschoolers

This an informational page for homeschoolers to take classes at the Krause Center of Innovation in their brand new and cutting edge MakerSpace.This is an incredible opportunity since they are willing to work with us as a group so homeschool students aged 9-13 can participate with parental supervision. Students of high school age can enroll at Foothill as a dual enrollment. See below for more details!

Here’s a link to their Makerspace page – check out the “Fabulous Fabrication Tools” link and the “Underground Blog”, so many cool resources and tools!

Here’s a link to their current listing of classes for the Spring 2018 quarter Classes at the Krause Center of Innovation

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Spring 2018 Class

The current class being organized for homeschoolers is the LINC 58A class/ePortfolio course, with the following description. Think of it as a “Taste of Makerspace”:

This course will provide the basic skills and training for students to engage in designing, building and presenting their own projects based upon student interest. This course will cover the basics in several of the “core making” areas and provide opportunities for students to work in basic robotics (Raspberry Pi / Arduino), fabrication (3D Printing, Laser Cutting, CNC milling), and crafting (vinyl cutting and basic prototyping). Students will then create their own individual projects based upon their own passions, documenting the process along the way to demonstrate growth and problem solving skills. Upon completion of the two course sequence, students will present their projects via an online portfolio.

How It Works

This is a 4 week long class, with a mandatory orientation group class on Wednesday, April 25th from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Once a student takes the first class, they can then schedule their class time for the next 3 weeks to meet their schedule. Again, students will work in basic robotics (Raspberry Pi / Arduino), fabrication (3D Printing, Laser Cutting, CNC milling), and crafting (vinyl cutting and basic prototyping). Students will then create their own individual projects based upon their own passions, documenting the process along the way to demonstrate growth and problem solving skills.

1. Enrolling at Foothill:

Students can either enroll as a dual-enrollment student (high school age students) or the parent can enroll as a student and attend classes with their student (not high-school age). Once you are enrolled, please send me your CWID (will receive upon registration as a student) and the full name and I will send the list to Krause so they can enroll us all into the course.

How to register as a student at Foothill

Do not sign up for the LINC course, Krause will sign us up for the course. I must have the full name of the student who is registered at Foothill and the corresponding CWID so Krause can mass enroll us in the class. Please send me the name/corresponding CWID by April 16th.

2. First Orientation meeting

The date for the mandatory orientation/group class is Wednesday, April 25th from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. After your student completes the orientation class, you can then schedule your attendance at the Makerspace for the next three weeks to fit your own schedule.

3. Continuing at the Makerspace on your own

Once we’ve all taken the group class, students may then attend Krause on their own schedule for the remaining weeks.
– – Students would go through KCI Underground Badging and staff check off as part of the class and time they are working independently in the space.
– – Students who are underage (under 13) must have a parent with them. Everyone should try to set up a schedule ahead of time so you are assured someone is there to help them while you are in the space (an instructor must be there for students to use the machinery). This would be for additional class time, not independent work.
 – – The course generally meets once a week for three hours so all students need to do 12 hours total. A basic plan would be to schedule 2 hours a week learning about the equipment and then perhaps an hour of work on your own projects every week. I would suggest meeting 2 hours/week with your  own work time around that – in 4 weeks, you’d have 12 hours completed (includes their one hour a week of work time).
– – Students in the course could come to the MakerSpace at any other time the space has open make hours to work. Students not in high school would still require a parent to be in the space with them. – – The Makerspace still needs to be scheduled for work time through the Maker In Residence as we cannot have anyone in the space without staffing.

5. Pass/fail and grades
You do need to complete the project/assignment for a grade. You can also choose pass/fail through the registrar’s office once the staff at Krause have enrolled us all into the course.

6. Cost and payment

Dual enrolled high school students will not have to pay anything. Parents enrolled for younger students will have to pay through the Foothill portal. The cost should be about 35$ per unit.