CSUB Fab Lab Wins Beautiful Bakersfield Award

Bakersfield’s Fab Lab of California State University Bakersfield was awarded the 2017 Beautiful Bakersfield Award in Education for bringing innovation and hands-on learning to the Bakersfield community. Presented by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that improve the quality of life in Bakersfield.

The Fab Lab was established in 2014 to support the new engineering majors at CSUB. In addition, the Fab Lab provides programming that inspires and empowers the Bakersfield community and encourages K-12 students to imagine STEM careers as a possibility for the future.

Through in-school visits, after-school programming, summer camps, on-campus field trips, in-service teacher training, open community hours and community events, the Fab Lab allows everyone to become a “maker” and to discover what engineering means in a practical and hands-on way. The Fab Lab works with K-12 schools, the Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Bakersfield Police Activities League (BPAL), Sheriffs Activities League (SAL) and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS), among others.

Bakersfield’s Housing Stock Among Youngest in U.S.

Bakersfield has some of the youngest housing stock in the nation. Only 12.7 percent of the housing units within the city of Bakersfield were built before 1960, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, which was released fall 2016, found that, of the city’s 121,920 housing units, 15,495 were built before 1960. The Census Bureau defines a housing unit as any house, duplex, condominium, apartment or trailer. Among all U.S. cities with populations of at least 250,000, Bakersfield ranked 70th out of 83 in terms of housing stock built before 1960. Among California’s 15 cities of that same size, the only city with a smaller percentage of older housing stock was Irvine.

Excerpted from Buffalo Business First

Bakersfield Isn’t Far from Ghost Towns

Among Kern County’s most unusual attractions are its ghost towns, including Johannesburg, Caliente (which still has residents) and Randsburg (with a museum and some open stores).

But the most interesting is Silver City Ghost Town in Bodfish, a 40-mile drive north from Bakersfield through beautiful Kern Canyon along the banks of the Kern River on the route to Lake Isabella. It is actually a composite of 20 buildings as old as 1858, which were brought from historic mining camps and towns in Kern Valley to preserve them. More than 20,000 hours of restoration were required to bring them into a state of “arrested decay,” rather than being modernized, making it a favorite for videos and films about the Old West (a subject that fascinates Europeans, who make up a sizable portion of visitors). For a small fee, anyone can view the town on their own, but we recommend taking a guided tour with proprietor Jay Corlew, which includes an up-close view of thousands of artifacts. Silver City is also notoriously a real ghost town, one of the apparently most haunted places in America. (Corlew said he was skeptical until strange things kept happening.) Nearby is the Nuui Cunni Native American Cultural Center.

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Excerpted from The Chattanoogan.com