Piedmont Makers

To Promote & Inspire K-12 S.T.E.A.M. Education


Welcome Makers!

Welcome Makers!


Posted on Aug 8, 2015

Welcome back for another school year. We at Piedmont Makers are incredibly excited about continuing to partner with the Piedmont Unified School District to support and inspire K-12 STEAM education.

Some of our programs include:

  • Piedmont Makerspace – Monthly project-driven events at the Middle School shop where students build upon classroom work or try something entirely new.  Last year, we made wearable circuits, built rockets to launch at Moffett Field, programmed Arduinos, and more.
  • Piedmont Tech Social – Part TED talk, part tech show-and-tell, part social hour, and all fun, Piedmont Tech Socials occur first Fridays monthly.
  • After School Enrichment – Piedmont Makers offers classes for Middle School and Elementary enrichment
  • Piedmont School Maker Faire – Our capstone event each year is the PUSD School Maker Faire event held in May on the Piedmont High School campus as a district and community-wide celebration of K-12 STEAM education.

We will host a Kickoff event in September where parents (and students) can learn more and get involved.  If you have any questions until then, please email piedmontmakers@gmail.com.

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Meet the Makers!


Posted on May 17, 2015

We are excited to kickoff the 2nd annual Piedmont USD School Maker Faire May 30 11am-3pm at Piedmont High School! Check out below some of the 70+ projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, PMS, and PHS students along with community and outside makers. Tickets are FREE and available now!

What’s New This Year? Speaker Series featuring community experts on S.T.E.A.M. topics, a Mini Maker Shed selling great items for Making, Food Trucks, and more!

Piedmont High School Makers:

Mr. Mattix Computer Science Class Projects
Dr. Raj Computer Science Class Projects
PHS Makers Club
Physics of Alternative Energy Class Projects
PUSD School Maker Faire Official App
Rubik’s Cube Mosaic
Soapers Club – Explain how soap is made!
Scotbotics
Technovations

Piedmont Middle School Makers:

PMS Maker Club
PMS Maker Class Projects
Small Crossbow
Solar-Powered Device Charger
The Shopping Channel – A Short Comedy Film
Foam Swords, Shields, and Weapons

Beach Elementary School Makers:

Amazing Furniture
BB8 Star Wars Robot
Camera Obscura
Homemade Refrigerator
How do leaves get crumply?
How my car works
Maglev Trains
Marble Game
Pneumatic Tube
Solar Oven
Swagbell – Robot that recognizes faces
Tornado in a Bottle
Tweety Code – Arduino-powered bird stuffy that sings and lights up!
Vibrobot

Havens Elementary School Makers:

Marble Run
Bristlebots!

Wildwood Elementary Makers:

Air Rockets
Ball Ramp
Hovercraft
How Light Affects Plant Growth
Modified Nerf Gun
Wind Tube & Flying Paper Rockets

Speaker Series:

12:00pm – Drought-busting with DIY Android Water Meter – Alex Seiden
12:15pm – Precision Engineering in Making Computer Chips – Matt Bjork
12:30pm – Blending Technology in Schools- Liz Arney
12:45pm – Drones, Planes, and Other Flying Robots – Mark Harrison
1:00pm – Movie Intermission – featuring Piedmont student films
1:15pm – Quick and Dirty Machine Vision with Raspberry Pi – Andy Scheutz
1:30pm – Next Generation Science Standards – Dr. Cheryl Wozniak and Tracy Broback
1:45pm – Coding with Kids – Dave Ragones
2:00pm – Making a Hovercraft – Kurt Fleischer
2:15pm – Learn to Code in 4 Months (or 8 Months) – Jordan Hart, LearnTech Labs

Community Makers:

ALPS Common Core Math
Bike Powered Smoothie Blender – Alameda County Safe Routes to School
CHIME Violin Duet
CraftCamp – Minecraft Camps
DIY.org
Drones – Mark Harrison
Fixit Clinic
Kudo3D 3D Printing
LearnTech Labs
LED Lamp Sculptures – Steve & Mira Wollenberg
LEGO Jeep & LEGO Projects
Modulo – Modular Electronics
Moog Synthesizer
Oakland East Bay Symphony – Instrument Petting Zoo
Oculus Rift
PAINTS Cardboard City
Piedmont Connect
Programmable Dance Floor – Alex Seiden
PUSD Instructional Technology
Rogue Making Wearables – Tenaya Hurst
Tynker – Coding for Kids
Woodworking – John Lambert

And last but not least Tod Pucket playing an acoustic set!

Food Trucks:

El Paisa Tacqueria
Tonli Dumpling

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April 2015 Newsletter


Posted on Apr 19, 2015

Welcome back! Here’s your monthly summary of upcoming Makers activities:

5/1 – Call for Makers DEADLINE: Please submit your project for the 2nd annual PUSD Mini Maker Faire May 30 to reserve a table! It can be a school project, STEM/Science Fair project, or your own project. Piedmont K-12 students and community welcome!

2nd annual PUSD Mini Maker Faire tickets now available! Come celebrate K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (S.T.E.A.M.) education in Piedmont schools – Saturday 5/30 11-3pm at Piedmont High School! We will have 75+ projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, PMS, and PHS students along with community and outside makers. Get your tickets today!

4/19 – Call for Art entries due: Seeking original student art for the 2nd annual PUSD Mini Maker Faire poster! Submit paper designs to your art teacher. Send digital designs and questions to art@piedmontmakers.org

4/25 – Piedmont Makerspace “Wearables Day!”: Wearables (or e-textiles) combine fabric and electronics to make cool gear. We will do an Open Make to learn how to sew and integrate circuits. For the upcoming Science/STEM Fairs and Mini Maker Faire, science teachers along with parent mentors will be on hand to help with projects and answer questions. FREE tickets, Wearables/e-textile kits, Makers T-Shirts all available on the eventbrite page. Saturday 4/25 12-3pm.

4/30 – April Board Meeting: We will hold our next Piedmont Makers board meeting Thursday 4/30 7pm in the Havens library. If you are interested in join the Makers organizing team, please RSVP piedmontmakers@gmail.com to attend.

5/8 – May Tech Social: Part TED talk, part tech show-and-tell, part social hour, and all fun, Tech Social is a Piedmont community event for K-12 students and their parents. Friday 5/1 6-9pm at PMS Multi-Purpose Room. $5/ticket includes pizza dinner.

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FREE Mini Maker Faire Tickets!


Posted on Apr 11, 2015

We are excited to kickoff the 2nd annual Piedmont Mini Maker Faire – a celebration of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + Design (S.T.E.A.M.) education for the Piedmont community – on Saturday, May 30 11-3pm at Piedmont High School!  We will have a 75+ projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, PMS, and PHS students along with community and outside makers.

Get your FREE tickets via eventbrite today to save you waiting in line at the Faire!

Eventbrite - 2nd Annual Piedmont Unified School District Mini Maker Faire

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March 2015 Newsletter


Posted on Mar 12, 2015

Another exciting month ahead for S.T.E.A.M. education in Piedmont!

3/14 – Art is Education Festival THIS Saturday: Piedmont Makers is joining forces with PAINTS for a great event on Saturday 12-3pm in the Ellen Driscoll Playhouse & environs at Havens. Come for creative activities like Stop Motion filmmaking, Instrument making, Cardboard Sculpture parklet & more! Tickets here.

3/14 – Epic Pi Day! – We kicked off celebration of Pi Day at our Tech Social event this past Friday. Looking for more? A recent Edutopia article by Noelle Filippenko (founder of NationalPiDay.org) highlights a bunch more fun Pi activities to try.

3/21 – Moffett Field Rocket Launch – For the Makers who built model rockets at our last Makerspace, we will take a field trip to Moffett Field on Saturday morning 3/21 for the next Lunar Model Rocket Club launch. Please RSVP with Andy Schuetz (andy.schuetz@gmail.com) if you plan to go so we have enough motors, ignitors, wadding for the launch!

3/28 – Piedmont Makerspace “Arduino Day!” – We will host our next Makerspace event on Saturday 3/28 12-3pm. We will do an Open Make with Arduino building circuits to blink an LED, respond to light or temperature, and more. Make sure you bring a Chromebook or laptop to the event so you write code to make an Arduino control the world around you! This event is part of global Arduino Day – a worldwide event bringing together Arduino people and projects. We will also have mentors and elementary science teachers on hand for Mini Maker Faire or Science Fair projects. FREE tickets, Arduino kits, Makers T-Shirts all available on the eventbrite page.

Piedmont Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers NOW OPEN – Please submit your project for the 2nd annual PUSD Mini Maker Faire May 30! It can be a school project, Science Fair project, or your own project. Piedmont K-12 students and community welcome! DEADLINE May 1.

School Board: New CS Course for HS graduation requirement – At the next School Board meeting 3/11 7pm, the School Board will be considering two new PHS Computer Science courses – Exploring Computer Science and Mobile Apps Programming (course descriptions here). Exploring Computer Science will replace the existing Computer Applications course to ensure that all Piedmont High School students experience the foundational understanding of modern computing and computational thinking.

March Board Meeting – We will hold our next Piedmont Makers board meeting 3/25 7pm in the Havens library. If you are interested in helping out with upcoming Makerspace, Tech Social, or Mini Maker Faire events, please RSVP piedmontmakers@gmail.com to attend.

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February 2015 Newsletter


Posted on Feb 3, 2015

Below is a monthly summary of upcoming Piedmont Makers & Piedmont S.T.E.A.M. events.

Piedmont Mini Maker Faire Call for Projects NOW OPEN – Please submit your project idea for the 2nd annual PUSD Mini Maker Faire May 30! The Call for Projects form is now live at with 25 projects already signed up from this past weekend’s Makerspace. For inspiration, view last year’s projects or a slideshow of 2014 Maker Faire projects from around the world.

“Robotics” Tech Social – Please join us for the February Tech Social THIS Friday 2/6 at the Ellen Driscoll Auditorium (Havens) at 6 pm (cost: $5)! The theme is Robotics. We will have a few robot demonstrations, including an Eksobionics exoskeleton by Dr. Adam Zoss, and ask all attendees to bring robot-themed activities. If you want to make a robot costume, please bring a large enough box to serve as your “body”. Lego Mindstorm sets would be good for this event! Register here in advance so we can order enough food!

“Make a Rocket” Makerspace – Thanks to everyone who made our January Makerspace “Design a Project” day a success! We will host our next Makerspace event on Saturday 2/28 1-4pm. We will do an Open Make building paper rockets to launch with compressed air or model rockets to launch at Moffett Field. We will also have mentors and teachers on hand for Mini Maker Faire or Science Fair projects. Get your FREE tickets or buy a rocket kit here.

Next School Board: Math Task Force / New CS Courses – At the next School Board meeting 2/11 7pm, the community Common Core Math Task Force will present their recommendations for the school board and community review. Also, the School Board will be considering three new PHS Computer Science courses – Mobile Apps Programming, Exploring Computer Science, and Web Design and Programming (course descriptions here). Please attend for this important discussion.

Science Fairs – Dates for the elementary science fairs are now set: Beach will be May 20, Havens will be April 30, Wildwood will be May 21. Interested students are encouraged to sign up to display their projects at the PUSD Mini Maker Faire too. We have been collaborating with the science teachers to also introduce engineering projects that students could show at the Mini Maker Faire. Parents – please come to upcoming monthly Makerspace events to work on your projects with your children!

February Board Meeting – We will hold our next Piedmont Makers board meeting the week of 2/16. If you are interested in helping out with upcoming Makerspace, Tech Social, or Mini Maker Faire events, please email piedmontmakers@gmail.com.

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2015 Call for Makers


Posted on Jan 31, 2015

Submit your Mini Maker Faire project today — it can be a school project, Science Fair project, or your own project. Piedmont K-12 students and community welcome! DEADLINE May 1.

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