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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.


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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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

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
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!


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

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