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Meet the Makers!


Posted on Apr 16, 2019

We are so excited to kickoff the 6th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 28 11am-3pm at the Beach Elementary School campus! Check out below some of the 100+ projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Piedmont Middle School and Piedmont High School students along with community makers. Tickets are FREE and available now!

What’s New This Year?

Located at Beach school, Lego Lane for the little ones, many arts exhibits from Piedmont Arts Fund, a Quilting display with over 10 exhibitors, many new robotics teams and a ton of new elementary exhibits.

Sponsor Exhibits:

Project Ember – Hands on and Info
East Bay Community Energy – Info
Super Power of the Song - What does a rain storm sound like?

Hands on Making!

With strong support from the Piedmont Arts Foundation and Piedmont Makers we have many hands-on activities.

Mini-golf course – 11 Golf Holes!
The Weaving Tree
Creating with Corks
Scouts Handcrafts
3D Pop Up Cards
Cardboard Art Installation
Duct Tape Creations
Nails and Yarn
Spin Art
Stop Motion Station
Bath Fizzies
Soap bubbles
Lego Playpit

Piedmont High School Makers

Facades – A Short Drama Film
PHS Biotech Club
Rebuilding a 1928 Willys Knight automobile
Drones! Tiny Whoop Racing

Piedmont Middle School Makers

Buzz Wire Machine (Arduino-based)
Cardboard Creations
DIY Guitar
Family Crafting and Making Explosion
Jam Jar Jet Engine
Peter’s Projectiles
Rube Goldberg Lemonade Stand
Sumobots

Beach Elementary School Makers

Callaway Crash
Cardboard Skee-Ball
Color-programmable robot
Cookie Colors
Felt Animals & Paper Airplanes
Free Skee
Growing Bismuth Crystals
Healthy Jell-O
Mag-Lev Back Forth
Marshmallow Tower
PinBall 2.0
Schoolyard First Aid
Soccer Bots
Spin Art Machine
The Art of Tape Sculpture
Water Pump
YoYo Show

Havens Elementary School Makers

Drawing Robot
Magnet Trick
Music
Paper Airplane Test Pilot
Trailblazing Stars

Wildwood Elementary Makers:

Cardboard Carnival – Slot Soccer
DIY slime
EV3 LEGO mindstorms whack-a-mole Human vs. Robot
How Elevators Work
Lemon Volcanoes
Marshmallow Blow Shooters
Medieval Projectiles
Milk Gallon Igloo
Patchwork Quilt
Project Perfume Flower
RC Hovercraft
Remote Control Fast (All Terrain) Hovercraft
The Big Blanker
The Marble Run
When Unicorns Fly

Community Makers

With strong support from Piedmont Community members, Piedmont Makers and Berkeley schools

Air Rockets
Face painting
FIRST Lego League – Autonomous Lego/EV-3 Bots
FIRST Tech Challenge – competitive Bots made by various Piedmont FTC teams
Lego Lane – the Cityscape
Lego Lane – the Lego Museum
Nerdy Derby
The Planetetarium
Low-cost micro-controllers for student projects (Berkeley)
Team 5419 – Deep Space Robot Demo (Berkeley)
Earthquake Early Warning (Berkeley)
How to make a quilt
Quilts from 7  Community members
Virtual Reality- PUSD – The Future!

Food

Curry Up Now (Food truck)
3 Brothers Kitchen (Food truck)
Frozen Kuhsterd (Food truck)
Boy Scouts – Water and Donuts

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March 2019 News


Posted on Mar 3, 2019

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Happy March! We have a lot going on this month, so let’s get started with the updates:

Makerspace – Cardboard Creations! – Sunday, March 10 1-4pm: Cardboard, cardboard everywhere! let’s use it to create! A space shuttle? Ferris wheel? Batle ship? Skateboard? Pinball machine? The only limit is your imagination. Members of the Middle School Cardboard Club will share their insights, show off past work, and help attendees with new creations. Get inspired and start building a project for the School Maker Faire! FREE tickets here (limited availability).

Robotics

Robotics Open House – THIS Wednesday, March 6, 7pm – Piedmont High School Student Center: We will host our robotics open house on Wednesday night for our elementary and middle school robotics programs – FIRST LEGO League for 4th-8th graders and the more advanced FIRST Tech Challenge for 7th-8th graders. We will have example robots and projects on hand for interested families to learn more. Parents and rising 4th-8th grade students are invited.

Robotics Registration NOW OPEN! – FIRST LEGO League deadline is April 30 (Register here for 4th-8th graders). FIRST Tech Challenge deadline is March 31 (Register here for 7th-8th graders. High school students will have a separate application process). Registration fee is $250.

High School Robotics Open House – Wednesday, April 3 7pm – Piedmont High School Student Center: We will host our robotics open house for our high school robotics teams in April. Our high school FIRST Tech Challenge teams will show off their robots and discuss the application process for new members. We also plan to start a new FIRST Robotics Competition team next year to compete at the highest level of FIRST Robotics. Come learn more and see a local FRC team show off their robot and inspire us all!

LEGO Mindstorms Camp comes to Piedmont Rec: We have partnered with Piedmont Rec and TechKnowHow to bring a Mindstorms EV3 camp this summer to keep building LEGO engineering skills! Students will build an autonomous car, animatronic creature, and line-following bot. Week of June 17. Register here.

If you have further robotics questions, please visit www.piedmontmakers.org/robotics or email robotics@piedmontmakers.org.

6th Annual Piedmont School Maker Faire – Call for Makers: Piedmont Makers will host the 6th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 28, 2019 11am-3pm at Beach Elementary School in collaboration with the Piedmont Arts Fund. The Piedmont School Maker Faire is a celebration of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (S.T.E.A.M.) education for the Piedmont community & beyond! Submit your project today to exhibit at the Faire – it can be a school project, STEAM Expo project, a performance or your own project. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive, highlight the process of making things or that you and/or your children took pride in making. Deadline April 7.

Have a great March!

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February 2019 News


Posted on Feb 15, 2019

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6th Annual Piedmont School Maker Faire – Call for Makers!

Piedmont Makers will host the 6th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 28, 2019 11am-3pm at Beach Elementary School in collaboration with the Piedmont Arts Fund. The Piedmont School Maker Faire is a celebration of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (S.T.E.A.M.) education for the Piedmont community & beyond! Submit your project today to exhibit at the Faire — it can be a school project, STEAM Expo project, a performance or your own project. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive, highlight the process of making things or that you and/or your children took pride in making.

Robotics Open House – Wednesday, March 6, 7pm – Piedmont High School Student Center

Please join us for a show & tell on our elementary and middle school robotics program – FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. We will have example robots and example projects on hand for interested families to learn more about FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. Parents and rising 4th-8th grade students are invited. For more info, please visit www.piedmontmakers.org/robotics or email robotics@piedmontmakers.org.

Makerspace – “Cardboard Carnival” – Sunday, March 10

We will hold our next Makerspace event on Sunday, March 10. Please join us to make a cardboard creation and join the Cardboard Carnival! Stay tuned for the eventbrite.

Have a great February break!
- The Piedmont Makers Board

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Call for Makers!


Posted on Feb 3, 2019

Submit your project to showcase at the School Maker Faire on April 28 at Beach Elementary!

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January 2019 News


Posted on Jan 11, 2019

Please mark your calendars with the NEW School Maker Faire date: April 28, 2019!

Student Grants Available
Piedmont Makers will award grants in support of student S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) projects, to be shared at the Piedmont School Maker Faire on April 28, 2019. It’s a great opportunity to imagine, ideate, plan, build, create, test, develop and make! Applications are due at 8pm on January 18, 2019. For questions, contact Margaret at grants@piedmontmakers.org.

FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship – Saturday, January 19 @ UC Berkeley - Come cheer for the four Piedmont FIRST LEGO League teams competing in the East Bay regionals on January 19th at UC Berkeley! The teams are Team Green, Red Rockets, Technokitties, and Mission Woof. Teams are comprised of students from Beach, Wildwood, Havens, and Piedmont Middle School.  The champion (out of 36 teams) will advance to the world championship in April.  FREE admission.  More info here.

Planned Upcoming Events:
- Friday 02/08: Tech Social with speaker Debbie Senesky
- Date TBD: Screening of Science Fair

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December 2018 News


Posted on Jan 7, 2019

Wishing you a delightful winter break with lots of time for Maker projects! News below…

6th Annual Piedmont School Maker Faire – Sunday, April 28, 11-3pm, Beach Elementary:
We are excited to announce the 2019 School Maker Faire date on May 5 and NEW location at Beach Elementary! Due to the S.T.E.A.M. building construction we need to relocate for the next couple years. Piedmont Makers are excited to welcome K-12 student and community members to submit projects!

Donate to Piedmont Makers as we take on the STEAM Expo!
If you have elementary school students, you may have read that the district has decided to eliminate support for the STEAM Expo (the tri-school event that showcases student interests and interdisciplinary explorations in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) this year. Makers firmly believe that student-driven inquiry is an important part of our students’ learning and growth and hope that the district will still be able to guide these experiences for all children, in the schools. We plan to incorporate the STEAM Expo into the Maker Faire this year but need your support to make it happen! Please visit donate.piedmontmakers.org to donate (and utilizing company matching) to help us put on even MORE amazing events in 2019.

Robotics Update:
Piedmont Makers and Scotbotics hosted the inaugural First Tech Challenge Tournament (FTC) in Morrison gym earlier this month. It was a huge success and a significant milestone for expanding robotics and STEAM education in Piedmont. With the growth in robotics competitions, more tournament hosts are needed. These tournaments require a lot of time to organize and volunteers (both technical and non technical) to run them. Piedmont was a great fit to run a tournament with our very engaged community and support from PUSD.

With the 2018-19 tournament season almost halfway over, 2 out of 6 FTC teams in Piedmont have qualified for Regionals in early March so far – Scotbotics and Hypercube. Pioneers and Zenith are entered in qualifying tournaments in January and February.

In FIRST Lego League, there are four teams advancing to regionals in January 16th at UC Berkeley. The teams are Team Green, Red Rockets, Technokitties, and Mission Woof. Teams are comprised of students from Beach, Wildwood, Havens, and Piedmont Middle School. Congratulations all!

Science Fair Documentary – Screening Opportunity:
Would you be interested in a community screening of The Science Fair? This Sundance award-winning documentary follows nine teenagers as they compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. Email us at info@piedmontmakers.org for more info – if there is interest, we can arrange a showing and a community discussion on how Piedmont can continue to be a leader in STEAM education.

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