Piedmont Makers

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


School Maker Faire April 23!

Meet the Makers!


Posted on Apr 9, 2017

We are so excited to kickoff the 4th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 23 11am-3pm at the Piedmont High 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? Be a Pixar Animator for a Day with Pixar’s Dirk van Gelder and Kurt Fleischer, PAINTS & CHIME Neighborhoods, Mini-Golf course, and more!

Hands-on Making!:

Air Rockets
Soap Bubbles
Moog Synthesizer
Be a Pixar Animator!
Learn to Solder with Piedmont Boy Scouts
Photo Booth
Beebot Maze
Mini Golf!
Oakland Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo

PAINTS ARTcade Village:
collAboRaTe Mural
Box Art
Stop Motion
Zoetrope
watercolor/salt/alcohol
Sewing/Weaving Circle
Face Painting
Chalk Art Mandala Panel
Jr. Center for Art & Science

CHIME Neighborhood:
Thingamajigs
Rockin’ Robbie’s Instruments
Musically Minded Academy
Landfillharmonic: Film screening of Recycled Orchestra from Paraguay
PUSD Instrumental Music Program Performance

Piedmont High School Makers:

Home Disaster Preparedness
Raspberry Pi VPN Server & VPN Information
Tessellation and Kusudama Origami Models
Joy of Computing Projects (Mr. Mattix’s class)
AP Computer Principles Projects (Ms. Branisa / Mr. Irfan’s class)
FIRST Tech Challenge Robot
PHS Makers Club Mobile Applications

Piedmont Middle School Makers:

FIRST Tech Challenge Robot
Sumo Robot League
Perl Rock Band
The Sorcerer’s Academy Video Game
The Music-Box
3D Printing: Bulbasaurs & Butterflies
3D Printing: Inventing Reality
Earthquake Shake Table (Mr. Kessler’s class)
Water Filtration (Mr. Kessler’s class)
Hummingbird Robotics (Mr. Savile’s class)
3D Printed Rubberband Cars (Mr. Savile’s class)
Maker Projects (Mr. Greenebaum’s class)

Beach Elementary School Makers:

Seebeck Generator
Scratch Video Game
Making an Owl that Flaps its Wings with LEGO!
Animal Jam Penguin Robot
Architecture of India
Tennis Traction
Solar Powered Ferris Wheel
Farthest Flying Dart
Snake Control Video Game
How to make paper
How does Electricity Go Through Things?
How to make natural paint and make art with it
Electric Motor
How to get around a security alarm

Havens Elementary School Makers:

Pop Rocks
King Pong
Building a DIY Electric Skateboard
DIY Lightsaber
Lego RC Car
Pinball
Terrestrial Boomerang
Solar Car Racing!
The Slime Lab
Pulleys

Wildwood Elementary Makers:

Comparing Paint
Brushbots
Model Mania!

Community Makers:

CraftCamp
Firecracker Math
Project Ember Maker Camp
Snowball Machine Gun
Community Feedback on H1 Conceptual Designs
Smoothie Bike Blender
Cardboard Pinball

Food Trucks:

Sliders
Taco Truck
Baked Goods

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April 2017 News


Posted on Apr 2, 2017

4th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire - Sunday 4/23 11am-3pm - PHS campus: Piedmont Makers is proud to join PAINTS and CHIME in presenting this year’s School Maker Faire celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math & Music education in Piedmont. We will feature over 100 S.T.E.A.M. projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Piedmont Middle School, and Piedmont High School students along with hands-on projects from community makers, live music from student musicians & bands, student art, and food trucks!  FREE Tickets now available!

FIRST Robotics Registration Now Open: Register for the new FIRST Lego League teams for rising 4th through 5th graders or submit a student application for the FIRST Tech Challenge teams for 6th through 8th graders for the fall season (all-girls, all-boys, co-ed).  Organized by Piedmont Makers, the season will run from August to November and if the teams qualify, will continue to California regional and national competitions in 2018. Register Now!

Measure H1 Community Town Halls – Thursday 4/6 12:30-2pm andTuesday 4/18 7-8:30pm: Come to the town halls to give feedback to the architects, school board, and administration for the new S.T.E.A.M. facilities for Piedmont High School funded under Measure H1.  Please RSVP.

April Board Meeting - Thursday 4/20 7:30pm - PMS Makerspace/Room 125: If you are interested in getting more involved with Piedmont Makers, please come to our next board meeting.  We are actively recruiting for board positions for 2017-2018.  RSVP to Ayyana Chakravartula at ayyanac@gmail.com.

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Piedmont Post – March 2017


Posted on Mar 26, 2017

Piedmont Makers is proud to join PAINTS and CHIME in presenting this year’s School Maker Faire celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math in Piedmont. We will feature over 100 S.T.E.A.M. projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Piedmont Middle School, and Piedmont High School students and community makers. Come enjoy hands-on projects, live music from student musicians & bands, student art, and food trucks! Piedmont K-12 students, parents, and community welcome.

Submit your School Maker Faire project today — it can be a school project, STEAM Expo project, or your own project — http://www.piedmontmakers.org/school-maker-faire/

New to the Faire this year is Maker Mini Golf! Even as you’re reading this column, your Piedmont neighbors are getting together to tinker, saw and glue to create one-of-a-kind miniature golf holes. And next month, Maker Faire attendees will have a chance to test their golfing skills and marvel at their fellow makers’ imagination and creativity.

“This activity epitomizes the Maker movement combining creativity, hands-on building, and a lot of fun, all to celebrate S.T.E.A.M. education,” said Piedmont Makers Board President David Ragones. He continued, “We hope to create an annual Piedmont tradition,” likening the activity to the popular scarecrow competition at Piedmont’s Harvest Festival.

“Maker mini golf is a community building activity” said Piedmont Maker Board Member Jane Lin who organized a mini golf-themed MakerSpace in February. “Around 25 young makers showed up to brainstorm mini golf holes, sketch their concepts, then prototype the holes using cardboard, tape, and whatever else they could find. I was really excited to see all the creativity and look forward to playing a round next month!”

There is still space for more mini golf holes, so grab a friend, classmate, or neighbor and sign up at http://www.piedmontmakers.org/school-maker-faire/ to make a hole for the Piedmont School Maker Faire.

The details:
Piedmont School Maker Faire
Sunday April 23, 2017, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Piedmont High School
Free tickets at http://www.piedmontmakers.org/school-maker-faire/ and donations welcome
Submit your project or Mini-Golf hole: http://www.piedmontmakers.org/school-maker-faire/

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March 2017 News


Posted on Mar 2, 2017

FIRST Robotics Info Session - Tuesday 3/7 7:30pm – Beach Library: Please come to the FIRST Robotics info session to learn more about the new FIRST Lego League teams for rising 4th through 5th graders and FIRST Tech Challenge teams for 6th through 8th graders organized by Piedmont Makersfor the fall season (all-girls, all-boys, co-ed).  FIRST Lego League is a Lego Mindstorms-based robotics competition.  FIRST Tech Challenge is a more advanced robotics competition.  Like a sports team, each team will meet for weekly practices with weekend scrimmages and tournaments.  The season will run from August to November and. if the teams qualify, will continue to California regional and national competitions in 2018.

Call for Makers! – 4th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire - Sunday 4/23 11am-3pmSubmit your School Maker Faire project today — it can be a school project, STEAM Expo project, or your own project. Piedmont K-12 students and community welcome!  Deadline March 31.  Piedmont Makers is proud to join PAINTS and CHIME in presenting this year’s School Maker Faire celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math & Music education inPiedmont. We will feature over 100 S.T.E.A.M. projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Piedmont Middle School, and Piedmont High School students along with hands-on projects from community makers, live music from student musicians & bands, student art, and food trucks!

Food Science! Tech Social - Friday 3/17 6:30pm - Ellen Driscoll Playhouse: Save the date for the first Tech Social potluck featuring a Food Science theme!

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Piedmont Post – February 2017


Posted on Feb 16, 2017

Robots are coming to Piedmont!

Building upon the success of the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams at Piedmont Middle School and Piedmont High School, Piedmont Makers is excited to announce new robotics teams for the Fall 2017 season.  Our goal is to form two teams for rising 4th and 5th graders and two teams for Piedmont Middle School students.

The elementary school teams will be FIRST Lego League teams. FIRST Lego League is a Lego Mindstorms-based robotics competition.  Like a sports team, FIRST Lego League teams would meet 1-2 times per week with weekend scrimmages and tournaments.  The Middle School teams will either be Lego League or FIRST Tech Challenge. FIRST Tech Challenge is a more advanced robotics competition and requires a more significant commitment.  Both the Piedmont Pioneers and Scotbotics are at this level.  Prerequisites include a keen interest and demonstrated follow through by taking school electives e.g. Maker, Artbotics, doing independent projects and after school programs.  The season would run from August to November and if the teams qualify, they would advance to California regional and national competitions in 2018.  You can learn more at www.firstinspires.org

Piedmont Makers is developing a FIRST Robotics infrastructure in Piedmont to encourage the pursuit of S.T.E.A.M. excellence.  By building the pipeline of interested girls and boys at the elementary level, we can field more diverse teams at the middle school and high schools.  The ultimate goal in two years is to start a team at the most advanced level, FIRST Robotics Competition at the high school, which will require a much bigger team and a bigger budget.  It will all add up to a comprehensive program at various age levels whereby we can develop talent, foster mentors, pool resources, host competitions and be a real contender in regional and national competitions against the best from Silicon Valley and beyond.

Another key goal is to encourage girls to participate. Despite a concerted effort at the Piedmont Middle School level, we have not been successful in recruiting girls to the existing teams.  We believe by capturing girls interest earlier at the elementary school level in a fun environment with friends, excellence and interest in S.T.E.A.M. topics among our girls will be expected and encouraged by peers.

We are working with the school district and after school providers to provide lead-in programs to teach basic skills in programming, design, mechanics and 3D Printing.  We are also currently applying for grants and sponsorships to support these teams.  With the success of current Piedmont robotics teams and the passage of Measure H1 with a specific emphasis on S.T.E.A.M. facilities, momentum is on our side in Piedmont!

Interested to learn more?  Piedmont Makers is hosting an info session on Tuesday March 7 at 7:30pm in the Beach library.  Expect registration to go live in March with teams formed by the end of the school year.  We need parent volunteers to help coach and organize teams — if you have coached youth sports and/or have a S.T.E.A.M. background, please consider volunteering.  Help continue to transform Piedmont into Makerville!

 

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February 2017 News


Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Mini-Golf! Makerspace - Sunday 2/12 1-3pm - Piedmont Middle School Rm. 125: Please join us in the Piedmont Makerspace for a Mini-Golf Design Session!  Our goal is to have 18 holes of mini-golf ready for the 2017 PiedmontSchool Maker Faire.  This Makerspace session will include brainstorming and creating simple mock ups — think windmills, Rube Goldberg, and roller coaster tracks… Tracy Broback, Tri-School Science Specialist will also be on-hand to introduce the STEAM Expo process – a process which will be very relevant to mini-golf hole design! FORE!!  Seating is limited so please get your FREE tickets today.

Call for Makers! – 4th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire - Sunday 4/23 11am-3pmSubmit your School Maker Faire project today — it can be a school project, STEAM Expo project, or your own project. Piedmont K-12 students and community welcome!  Deadline March 31.  Piedmont Makers is proud to join PAINTS and CHIME in co-presenting this year’s School MakerFaire celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math & Music education in Piedmont.

FIRST LEGO League / FIRST Tech Challenge Info Session - Tuesday 3/7 7:30: Thank you for the great response to last month’s FIRST LEGO League interest survey.  Piedmont Makers is moving forward organizing FIRST Lego League teams for 4th and 5th graders and additional FIRST Tech Challenge middle school teams for the Fall 2017 season.  FIRST Lego League is a Lego Mindstorms-based robotics competition.  FIRST Tech Challenge is a more advanced robotics competition.  Come to the info session to hear from this year’s PMS Pioneers team and learn more!

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