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June 05, 2016 | Tom Ballard

Pellissippi State holding “MakerPalooza” on June 18 at its Strawberry Plains campus

Pellissippi State-teknoPellissippi State Community College (PSCC) is hosting a “MakerPalooza” on Saturday, June 18, at its Strawberry Plains Campus in East Knoxville.

The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free of charge and designed as a family-friendly opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the maker movement. It is being held on the National Day of Making.

“MakerPalooza” is the brainchild of Seth Giles, Master Lab Technician in the Mega Lab at the Strawberry Plains campus, and Sarah Graham, PSCC Student Success Coach in Engineering Technology.

“Our goal in having PSCC host the event was to showcase our own students, faculty and staff, as well as our programs, and encourage an exchange of ideas and inspiration between the College, local businesses and our communities,” Graham says.

A variety of makers have signed-up to participate. They include farmers, knitters, tinkerers, gamers, machinists, welders and teachers.

“Several of our makerspaces will be offering attendees the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, and the Strawberry Plains campus will be open to tour for those interested in learning more about the educational opportunities, equipment, and facilities being offered at our newest campus,” Graham added.

The event is designed for attendees to come and go as they please. PSCC’s newest campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike in the former Philips Electronics Building.

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