Tehama County Department of Education
To foster creativity and lifelong learning.
Foster student engagement through hands on learning, focusing primarily on the engineering design process, to allow students to gain knowledge and practice the 21st century skills with emphasis on persisting, thinking flexibly, creating, imagining, innovating, and thinking interdependently. As part of our mission, we aspire for teachers to adopt maker principles and incorporate them into their classroom teaching.
The TCDE Makerspace is a unique educational environment where students learn by doing. We offer a wide variety of hands-on activities including coding, electronics, digital media, engineering, videography, and other STEAM related projects. Not only does our curriculum support the development of the 21st century workplace skills, it also aligns to Next Generation Science Standards and supports the Common Core problem solving and processing skills. We find that by focusing on projects that are relevant to a student’s world and interests we are more likely to ignite a student’s passion for learning. A maker education has the potential to better engage students in school and prepare them for successful careers after graduation by enabling them to problem solve, collaborate, analyze, question and explore.
The program has grown to include partnerships with the countywide SERRF Expanded Learning program, local organizations such as Expect More Tehama, the Tehama District Fairgrounds, the Mentoring and Foster and Homeless Youth programs, Job Training Center, and several alternative education programs serving at-risk youth. It has also been recognized by the Maker Education Initiative as a Maker Corps Host Site.
The TCDE Makerspace is igniting the maker movement in people of all ages by connecting with schools, teachers, community members and community organizations. Our Maker Certified teachers host a variety of workshops throughout the year, run summer programs, facilitate school field trips, and are actively involved at community events such as the Maker Showcase at the Tehama County Fair and Movies in the Park event held each summer.