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