2015 Diversity Film Festival

2015 Diversity Film Festival

The Diversity Film Festival is created by TCC and is intended to promote and advance the concept of diversity. All the films are screened at Tacoma’s only non-profit movie theater, The Grand Cinema. You can read descriptions of the films and get ticket info on the TCC website. These are the films being screened during the film festival. Dancing in Jaffa (Opening Gala) Sunday, Apr. 12, 2pm Selma Thursday, Apr. 16, 2pm and 6:30pm Little Tin Man Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2pm and 6:30pm Alive Inside Thursday, Apr. 23, 2pm and 6:30pm Captain Abu Raed Sunday, Apr. 26, 2pm Short Films: Born Sweet, Facing Fear, Being Evel, Aquadettes Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2pm and...
TCC’s Salmon

TCC’s Salmon

The salmon tank was first established in November 2013 after TCC dismantled the 600 gallon marine aquarium due to multiple structural issues (of most concern was the bowing of the plexiglass sides, an omen of catastrophic failure!) In the place of the marine aquarium, TCC partnered with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon Cooperative program and Puget Creek Restoration Society to raise coho salmon and release them into Puget Creek. The first batch of eyed coho salmon eggs (250 of them, to be precise) was picked up on December 2nd, 2013 from Voight Creek Hatchery in Orting. TCC released those salmon into Puget Creek during Earth Week on April 24th, 2014. TCC picked up the second batch of 250 eyed coho eggs from the same hatchery exactly one year after the first batch. Those eggs had all hatched by December 11, 2014 and started swimming and eating solid food during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Between hatching and “swimming up” they hang out on the bottom of the tank in the dark, absorbing the yolk in their yolk sac for nutrition. Once the yolk is gone they are light enough to swim and they can come out from under the black felt we use to darken the tank and simulate their early natural habitat: living under the gravel in a stream bed. When the eggs have hatched they are called alevin. Once they “swim up,” they are called fry. Professor Shaun Henderson’s Biology 100 classes are monitoring the water quality in the tank as well as the development of the salmon. “The students are most excited about having a direct role in helping return...
Printing in 3D

Printing in 3D

Building 5 and Building 15 aren’t very similar. Building 5 was built decades ago and Building 15 opened in 2007. Building 5 is home to our Art department and 15 houses our Science and Engineering departments. While the architectural similarities may be few and far between, the buildings at the very ends of the TCC campus do share one thing: 3D printing. United by piece of technology that only just recently came into feasibility due the continued falling cost of consumer grade machines, the Art and Science departments are working with modern technology to advance education. 3D printing is additive manufacturing. The machines at TCC take spools of plastic and melt the plastic, layer by layer, until an object is created. While our 3D printers can’t print off copies of objects as fast as a paper printer (an object an inch or two in size can take an hour or more), this technology is drastically changing how science and art are explored at TCC. Engineering professor Eric Basham is planning on using 3D printing as a major component to his Spring 2015 Engineering 104 class. After dividing his class into teams, each team will be given a motor and a solar panel and their challenge will be to design and build a working water pump. Across the world, moving water as efficiently as possible is a major problem and the students will use 3D printing to develop rapid-prototypes of their water pumps. “3D printing has changed how we can build prototypes. Previously you’d have to have machine it out of metal. You’d either have to have that expertise or...
Human of TCC: Dale Coleman

Human of TCC: Dale Coleman

“For the first couple weeks I was just holding my breath. It wasn’t until I started to get feedback from people who had lived through some of this stuff that I felt like I could relax or celebrate. When someone like Ron Magden or Chris Young tells you that your story rang true, or that they learned something new about the College, that’s when the hooray moment hits. And it really is a wonderful feeling.” Dale recently finished a book about the history of Tacoma Community...