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Fab Lab Campaign


Posted on Mar 29, 2020

Piedmont Makers has kicked off a campaign to raise money for the “Fabrication Lab” in the new Piedmont High School S.T.E.A.M. building. The vision for the lab is to provide a facility where students can design, create, and innovate. Our goal is to raise $200,000 for automated and hand tools, room outfitting, and a staff member to help guide and mentor students. We already have $20,000 in donations.  We are fortunate to have an anonymous donor who has committed to match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. We really need your support!

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September 2020 News


Posted on Sep 27, 2020

Hello Makers!

September is here. In typical Bay Area fashion, the weather is hot – a last bit of summer before Fall kicks in. Although, we’re still wrestling with wildfires, COVID, and distance learning, we’re thankful that the air has cleared, As Makers, we’re looking for ways to connect in this disconnected time, foster intellectual curiosity, and find engaging ways to support our kids and the community. We’re working on new programming for the rest of the year including Maker Space, the Maker Faire, and more.

 

Fall Robotics Season Underway!

We have kicked off our fall season with well over 200 students across four levels: FIRST LEGO League Explore for K-3, FIRST LEGO League Challenge for grades 4-8, FIRST Tech Challenge for grades 7-12, and FIRST Robotics Competitions for grades 9-12.

Our program services all levels with recreational teams with students new to robotics as well as our World Championship advancing teams. This fall, teams will be practicing through a combination of virtual and socially distant in-person sessions and competing virtually. Looking for more info? Please email robotics@piedmontmakers.org.

 

On the Home Stretch! Support the Fab Lab Campaign,

We’re all excited about Piedmont’s new S.T.E.A.M. building. This new building is near completion and will be ready to open in January. An integral part of the building is the new Engineering or Fab Lab. A Fab Lab is the modern version of a wood or metal workshop and will allow PHS teachers, students, and our local Maker community to make almost anything: big or small; technical or artistic; serious or whimsical.

To help Piedmont’s future innovators, please consider a donation to the S.T.E.A.M. Building Fab Lab. The district still needs to raise additional funds to outfit the new building with the modern equipment necessary to meet its 21st-century curriculum needs and fund expert staff. We are on the home stretch and every dollar counts. The next $50k will be matched by an anonymous donor, so please donate today! For more information and online donations, please visit www.piedmontmakers.org/fablab.

 

Sunday, October 25. East Bay Mini (Virtual) Maker Faire

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is looking at these current times as an opportunity fo innovation and rethinking. They are planning a virtual showcase of Makers leading up to a live (virtual) event featuring presentations, workshops, and experiences. Want to participate or get more information – check out their webpage here. The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a colorful community festival that brings together science, art, craft, homesteading, engineering, music, food, workshops, and performances for the Maker community. Call for Maker entries ends October 16, and the event will happen on Sunday, October 25.

 

Miss the September Open House?

Thanks to everyone who join us at our virtual open house in early September. For those who were not able to make it, have a look at the presentation now posted to our About page on our website.

 

Join Us on Social Media

We have a variety of social accounts to keep makers of all ages inspired and engaged. Join our Facebook Group for a private and secure place to share Maker projects. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram at @piedmontmakers and on YouTube. Our Instagram and YouTube channels are fairly new, and we’re always looking for engaging content. If you have images or videos to share either tag us @piedmontmakers or send them to us at social@piedmontmakers.org.

 

We Want Your Input

We will be sending out a short Maker survey in late September. The goal is to find areas where we can improve programs to support and inspire our community. We are incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last 6 years, and as Makers, we are always looking for ways to iterate and improve. We’re looking forward to your insight and input. We cannot wait to see you virtually!

The Piedmont Makers Board

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August 2020 News


Posted on Aug 21, 2020

Hello Makers!

Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year and a fall like no other. We are excited to reimagine our fall program through the lens of virtual and social distancing. We have been thinking of new ways to interact with our Piedmont Maker community. As a group, we’re constantly looking for new ways to engage both our kids and our community in the Maker spirit.

 

Fall Virtual Open House

Tuesday, September 8, 7:30pm — The beginning of the school year is a great time to encourage students and parents to become involved. Join the Maker’s board for an overview of our fall programs and how to get involved. Parents and students are welcome!

 

Announcing the Piedmont Maker Faire Walk

Coming in October. Building on the success of this summer’s Piedmont Art Walk, we are reimagining the Piedmont School Maker Faire as a community walk. The new format will tap into our maker spirit and give the Piedmont community a chance to see student and community maker projects with appropriate social distance. More soon.

 

Fall Robotics

We will have 34 robotics teams this fall and well over 200 Piedmont, Oakland, and Lamorinda students participating from grades K through 12. This includes FIRST LEGO League Explore for K-3, FIRST LEGO League Challenge for grades 4-8, FIRST Tech Challenge for grades 7-12, and FIRST Robotics Competitions for grades 9-12.

Our program services all levels with kids new to robotics as well as our Northern California champion and World Championship advancing FTC team Hypercube. This fall, teams will be practicing through a combination of virtual and socially distant in-person sessions and competing virtually. Looking for more info?  Please email robotics@piedmontmakers.org.

 

Support the Fab Lab Campaign

We’re excited about Piedmont’s new S.T.E.A.M. building. This new building is near completion and will be ready to open in January. An integral part of the building is the new Fab Lab. A Fab Lab is the modern version of a wood or metal workshop and will allow PHS students and our local Maker community to make almost anything: big or small; technical or artistic; serious or whimsical.

To help Piedmont’s future innovators, please consider a donation to Piedmont Makers Fab Lab. The district still needs to raise additional funds to outfit the new building with the modern equipment necessary to meet its 21st-century curriculum needs and fund expert staff.  We have raised $320K of the $420k needed. For those of you who have already contributed—Thank You! The next $50k will be matched by an anonymous donor, so please donate today!  For more information and online donations, please visit the Fab Lab. www.piedmontmakers.org/fablab.

 

Join Us on Social Media

We have a variety of social accounts to keep makers of all ages inspired and engaged.  Join our Facebook Group for a private and secure place to share Maker projects. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram  at @piedmontmakers and on YouTube. Our Instagram and YouTube channels are fairly new, and we’re always looking for engaging content. If you have images or videos to share either tag us @piedmontmakers or send them to us at social@piedmontmakers.org.

 

We Want Your Input

We will be sending out a short Maker survey in the next week. The goal is to find areas where we can improve programs to support and inspire our community. We are incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last 6 years, and as Makers we are always looking for ways to iterate and improve. We’re looking forward to your insight and input. We cannot wait to see you virtually!

The Piedmont Makers Board

 

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March 2020 News


Posted on Mar 3, 2020

Fab Lab Campaign

Piedmont Makers has kicked off a campaign to raise money for the “Fabrication Lab” in the new STEAM building. The vision for the lab is to provide a facility where students can make almost anything, from robot parts to works of art. Our goal is to raise $200,000 for automated and hand tools, room outfitting and a staff member. Currently we have $20,000 committed and an anonymous donor who has committed to match up to $50,000. We look forward to receiving your support.

Piedmont Robotics

Piedmont Robotics Open House – THIS Monday, March 2, 7pm – PHS Student Center – K-8 students & parents are welcome to come learn more about our FIRST Robotics programs: FIRST LEGO League Jr. for rising K-3 students, FIRST LEGO League for rising grade 4-8 students, and FIRST Tech Challenge for rising grade 7 and up. We will also have a high school Robotics Open House in April. Learn more at www.piedmontmakers.org/robotics.

Registration NOW OPEN (through April 30):

FIRST Robotics Competition San Francisco Regional – March 19-22, St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco – Our varsity Piedmont FRC team #8033 “The Highlanders” will compete at the San Francisco FIRST Robotics Competition. More info.

7th Annual Piedmont School Maker Faire – Sunday, April 5 11-3pm at Beach Elementary School – FREE tickets.

Piedmont Makers is proud to join the Piedmont Arts Fund 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, Millennium High 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!

Call for Makers! Calling all students & community! Submit your project for the Piedmont School Maker Faire. It can be a school project or your own project. Piedmont K-12 students and community welcome! DEADLINE March 20.

Don’t know what to make? Consider volunteering – signup is here.

Makey Breaky! Makerspace March 8, 10a-12p – PMS Rm. 125.
What’s inside that box, or that bowling ball? Let’s find out. We’ll have various equipment and items to take apart, as well as a product engineer to tell us what things are made of (and what not to saw). We’ll have screwdrivers, saws, and the odd hammer. Feel free to bring your own items to disassemble and any useful tools and we’ll recycle it all afterwards if need be. See you there! Buy your tickets here.

Zachary’s Pizza Fundraiser March 16, 11a-10p – 3917 Grand Ave
Come and hang out with the Makers at the Grand Ave Zachary’s. 15% of any food ordered for eating in or takeout on this date will go to the Makers when you show a Makers Flyer to the host. The flyer will be posted to our website before the event.

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Volunteer for Maker Faire 2020!


Posted on Mar 2, 2020

Can you volunteer a couple hours of your time to help the Piedmont Maker Faire run smoothly this year?

Sign Up!

The Maker Faire is a great community initiative for kids and parents to share their contraptions, creations, art, and interactive activities. Kids love all of the hands on Maker-y things and adults get inspired to create!

No prior knowledge or training is required for our volunteers, just turn up to the registration desk and we’ll get you oriented.

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Call for 2020 Makers!


Posted on Feb 12, 2020

Submit your project to showcase at the School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 5 at Beach Elementary!

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February 2020 News


Posted on Feb 5, 2020

Lots going on this month so let’s get to it!

7th Annual Piedmont School Maker Faire – Sunday, April 5 11-3pm at Beach Elementary School – FREE tickets.

Piedmont Makers is proud to join the Piedmont Arts Fund 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, Millennium High 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!

Call for Makers! Calling all students & community! Submit your project for the Piedmont School Maker Faire. It can be a school project or your own project. Piedmont K-12 students and community welcome!

Earthquake! Tech Social – February 28 6:30pm – Ellen Driscoll Playhouse - Piedmont resident Marco Scanu and Forell/Elsesser Principal will present at our next Tech Social. Forell is a leading structural engineering firm with a portfolio of many Bay Area projects including seismic retrofitting. Learn how we make buildings ready for the next Big One! Buy your Tickets which include Pizza, drink, & cookies!

Makey Breaky! Makerspace March 8 10a-12p – PMS Rm. 125.
What’s inside that box, or that bowling ball? Let’s find out. We’ll have various equipment and items to take apart, as well as a product engineer to tell us what things are made of (and what not to saw). We’ll have screwdrivers, saws, and the odd hammer. Feel free to bring your own items to disassemble and we’ll recycle it all afterwards if need be. See you there! Buy your tickets here.

Piedmont Robotics Open House – Monday, March 2 7pm – PHS Student Center – K-8 students & parents are welcome to come learn more about our FIRST Robotics programs: FIRST LEGO League Jr. for rising K-3 students, FIRST LEGO League for rising grade 4-8 students, and FIRST Tech Challenge for rising grade 7 and up. We will also have a high school Robotics Open House in April. Learn more at www.piedmontmakers.org/robotics.

Support Fund Education Now Week! From PEF -
Wednesday 2/5 (Parents and Community): Social Media campaign on the importance of education and why schools need more funding (we will ask people to post on their social media, but also email our state representatives — there will be templates…) We will also have a table outside of Mulberry’s to promote a Schools & Communities First ballot initiative.

Thursday 2/6 (Everyone) : Wear Red for Ed! And come to our rally at the Community Center. The rally will be after school from 3:30-4:30pm — we’ll have music, snacks, speakers, a video, etc… and we want everyone wearing red — teachers, staff, students, parents and community members!

Friday 2/7 (Everyone): The Fund Public Education Now team will bring all of the posters, artwork and letters to Buffy Wicks and Nancy Skinner’s offices in Oakland and tell them we want change!

- The Piedmont Makers Board

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January 2020 News


Posted on Jan 14, 2020

Makers -

We have some events for your calendar including (drum roll please…) announcing the 7th Annual School Maker Faire! But first:

Makerspace – THIS WEEKEND

Come make or work on your pinewood derby car! We’ll have car kits, tools and experts standing by to help you cut, shape and finish your car. We’ll set up a casual race track for folks who want to test out their cars. The cost for the Makerspace is $5 per child. Car kits will be available for $10. The event is Sunday 01/18, 1p-4p at Piedmont Middle School Rm 125. Tickets are available here.

Robotics

Come out and support the high school FRC team as they compete at St. Ignatius College Prep on 03/21! Visit this site for more information.

School Maker Faire

Start your engines! The Piedmont School Maker Faire is coming on Sunday, April 5th, from 11a-3p at Beach Elementary School.

Would you like to be involved by bringing a Maker project, a Lego project, or by performing? Fill out the Call for Makers form and get going!

If you can help out by volunteering, please email us at info@piedmontmakers.org and/or stay tuned for our volunteer sign-up.

(Free) tickets are available here.

Upcoming Events

  • 02/09, 1p-3p – Makerspace: Spray-painting
  • 02/28, 6:30p – 8:30p – Tech Social: Topic TBD
  • 03/08, 1p-3p – Makerspace: Makey Breaky

- The Piedmont Makers Board

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