2017 School Maker Faire

Piedmont Makers hosted the 4th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 23, 2017 11-3pm at Piedmont High School. We featured 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 films, and food trucks!

Meet the Makers!: Meet our 2017 Makers


Dirk van Gelder

Dirk van Gelder¬†joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 as an software engineer for Academy Award-nominated film “A Bug’s Life” and winning short film “Geri’s Game,” working on animation software and the studio’s first use of subdivision surfaces. Dirk has worked on software for every Pixar movie since, including the ground-up rewrite of the studio’s proprietary animation system Presto. Currently Dirk leads the Presto Character team within the Pixar Studio Tools Department.