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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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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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From the Piedmont Post November 27 issue:

Over the past three weekends, seventeen Piedmont FIRST LEGO League robotics teams have competed in local Qualifier Tournaments across the East Bay against other Bay Area teams. Six Piedmont teams finished at the top of their Qualifiers and advanced to the regional championship in January.

This season marks the third year of FIRST LEGO League in Piedmont as the town league has grown to 18 teams with 120 students participating. FIRST LEGO League is a global competition with 39,000 teams and 312,000 students across 4th-8th grades in over 100 countries. This year’s theme is CITY SHAPER where team explore, challenge, and innovate in their communities towards a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together

On November 10 at the Quarry Lane Qualifier in Dublin, the Technokitties, an all-girls team of Piedmont Middle School 7th Graders won the top Champions Award and qualified for the regional championship. The Boomin’ Buildin’ Busters, an all-boys team of Beach 5th graders, won the top Project award, Global Innovation award, and also advanced to the regional championship.

On Saturday November 16 at the Athenian School in Danville, the City Shifters, an all-girls team of 5th graders, placed third in the robot game, won the Global Innovation award, and will be advancing to the regional championship. The Metropolis Makers came in fourth in the robot game and won the Robot Design award.

Also on Saturday November 16 at Lowell High School In San Francisco, Apollo 11, an all-boys team of 7th graders, won the Champions Award and Robot Performance Award for top scoring robot at 300 points and will advance to the regional championship. Mini Fig Bars came in second in the robot game with three consistent runs with a top score of 275. Purple People for Piedmont also had a great showing across all four judged areas. At Mission San Jose Elementary in Fremont, Laser Catnado, Gum Drops, and Spookerville also competed.

At the Piedmont Qualifier Tournament on Sunday November 17 at Piedmont Middle School, six first year Piedmont teams competed against 10 other Bay Area teams including the California Buildin’ Bears, Pioneering Pandas, Bot Squad, and Shadow Shapers. The Raging Radishes achieves the 2nd highest game score of 345 points, and the Building Bananas advanced to the regional championship through balanced achievement across all dimensions.

Finally, on Saturday November 23, Team Uploading — a co-ed 6th grade team — participated in the Town School Qualifier Tournament in San Francisco and also advanced to the regional championship.

“Regardless of whether these kids grow up to be engineers, scientists (or, you name it), the experience and learning they get from participating in authentic and impactful experiences like this will serve them for their entire lives,” said Piedmont Middle School teacher Adam Saville, who served as a judge at the Piedmont Qualifier tournament.

FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the CITY SHAPER season, teams choose and solve a real-world problem in the Innovation Project. They also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism.

The six advancing Piedmont teams will compete against thirty other elite teams at the East Bay Regional Championship on Sunday, January 12 at Mountain House High School. The winner of the regional championship will advance to the FIRST World Championship in April in Houston. For more information on Piedmont Makers robotics programs, please visit www.piedmontmakers.org/robotics.

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