2016 School Maker Faire

Piedmont Makers hosted the 3rd annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Saturday, April 23, 2016 – 11-3pm at Piedmont High School. We  featured over 80 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 films, and food trucks!

Meet the Makers!

Meet our 2016 Makers


Tony DeRose

1pm – Math in the Movies – Tony DeRose is Head of Research at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a BS in Physics in from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his research interests, Tony is also involved in a number of initiatives to help make math, science, and engineering education more inspiring and relevant for middle and high school students. One such initiative is Pixar in a Box, a collaboration with Khan Academy designed to show students how creative challenges at Pixar are addressed using concepts that they’re learning in classrooms. A second initiative is Young Makers that supports youth in building ambitious hands-on projects of their own choosing.

Alessandra Lanzara

12pm – Superconductivity! – Alessandra Lanzara is a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley and Faculty Scientist at the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her accomplishments, documented in more than 200 research papers and several patents, have been recognized by major prizes, including the Marie Goeppert award from the American Physical Society, the McMillan Prize, the highest recognition for an young condensed matter physicist. Lanzara has been selected Leading Scientists of the World by the International Biographical Center Cambridge in 2015. She is an Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Italian Physical Society.

Lanzara has been a long-time champion of diversity in science. She serves as the representative for the STEM field on the UC Berkeley “Committee for Diversity and Equity” and on the “Chancellor’s Committee on Family and Work”.

Alex Filippenko

2pm – Eclipse Chasing! – Alex Filippenko is the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences at University of California, Berkeley. His accomplishments, documented in more than 800 research papers, have been recognized by several major prizes, including a share of both the Gruber Cosmology Prize (2007) and the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2015). One of the world’s most highly cited astronomers, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (2009) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015). He has won the most prestigious teaching awards at UC Berkeley and has also been voted the “Best Professor” on campus a record 9 times.