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2018 School Maker Faire Recap

Posted on May 7, 2018

Thank you to the over 1000+ attendees and 100+ makers who made the day so special.  Thank you to Dale Dougherty and Jeff Bleich for a great keynote conversation.  Thank you to Kammy Cobb and the PAINTS board, and Annette Clear and the CHIME board.  Thank you to our corporate sponsors Project Ember, coderschool, Pacific Union, and Piedmont Boy Scouts Association.  Thank you to our family sponsors for supporting S.T.E.A.M. education in Piedmont.  Enjoy the video!

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Meet the Makers!

Posted on Apr 15, 2018

We are so excited to kickoff the 5th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 22 11am-3pm at the Piedmont High School campus! Check out below some of the 100+ projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Piedmont Middle School, Millennium High School, and Piedmont High School students along with community makers. Tickets are FREE and available now!

What’s New This Year? Keynote conversation with Maker Faire creator Dale Dougherty and Lt. Governor candidate Jeff Bleich, Drones, Nerdy Derby, and more!


Project Ember
Piedmont Boy Scouts Flicker Bug & Learn to Solder

Hands on Making!:

Air Rockets
Moog Synthesizer
Nerdy Derby
Playing with Color: Designing with Fabric
Soap Bubbles

PAINTS ARTcade Village:

Promote Arts in the Schools (PAINTS) Info
Cardboard Arts Installation
Cardboard Pinball Machines
The Dragon School Mural
Embodied Art Circle
Fiber Arts Sewing Circle
Giant Paper Sculpture
Junior Arts Center
Pottery Throwing Demonstration
Stop Motion Zoetropes

CHIME Neighborhood:

Glass Bottle Wind Instruments
Instrument Petting Zoo
Kings Inferior
Making Wind Chimes
PUSD Instrumental Music Program
Ukulele Club

Piedmont High School Makers:

Biotech Club
The Escape House short dramatic film
PHS Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
Piedmont Motorsports Club
Water Challenge Project

Piedmont Middle School Makers:

Earthquake Retrofit (Mr. Kessler)
Maker Class Projects (Mr. Saville)
Making Slime
Soda Dispenser
Sound Generator and Oscillographics
Stranger Things VR
Weather Engineering (Mr. Kessler)

Beach Elementary School Makers:

Cardboard City
Cardboard Creations
Keeper of the Lost Cities Video Game
My LEGO Cockatoo
Paper Boat
Pinball Machine
Sensational Speakers
Soda Machine
Standard Algorithm for Addition
Street Luge
Warriors Math

Havens Elementary School Makers:

Cardboard Tank
Edible Slime
Elevator Cat
Kerbal Space Program mission
The Lurching Effect
Salt & Watercolor
*SMLS* (aka. Synchronized Music Light Suit)
Spring Powered Launcher Game
What is Planet 9?

Wildwood Elementary Makers:

Marble Roll
Motorized Go-Kart
Skittles Sorter
Spider Robot
Water Filtration

Community Makers:

1931 Ford Model A
Berkeley UAVs
California Community Colleges Career Pathways
Digital Fabritorium
FIRST LEGO League robotics
FIRST Tech Challenge scrimmage
How to Carve Wooden Spoons
Piedmont Education Foundation
Walk Through American Revolution Costumes


Boy Scouts Troup 4
3 Brothers Kitchen Asian Fusion
Burnt Ends BBQ

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April 2018 News

Posted on Apr 8, 2018

5th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire - Sunday 4/22 11am-3pm - PHS campus: Piedmont Makers is proud to join PAINTS and CHIME 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, and Piedmont High School students along with hands-on projects from community makers, live music from student musicians & bands, student art, and food trucks!  1pm Keynote, sponsored by Piedmont Scouting, with Dale Dougherty, CEO and Founder of Make: / Maker Faire, and Jeff Bleich, California Lieutenant Governor candidate.  FREE Tickets now available!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Piedmont School Maker Faire - We need volunteers to help make the School Maker Faire go!  Sign up on the Google Sheet to help.

FIRST Lego League registration closes April 30!  Lego Mindstorms-based robotics competition for 4th-8th graders.   The 2018-2019 theme is INTO ORBIT: Explore living in and traveling through space.  Organized by Piedmont Makers, the season will run from August to November qualifying tournament and if the teams qualify, will continue to California regional and national competitions in 2019.  $250 to register ends April 30.  Learn more atwww.piedmontmakers.org/robotics.

FIRST Tech Challenge student application form due April 15!  Interested 7th-12th grade students should apply by April 15.

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March 2018 News

Posted on Mar 1, 2018

FIRST Robotics Info Session - Wednesday 3/7 7:30pm – Piedmont High School Student Center: Please come to the FIRST Robotics info session to learn more about the FIRST Lego League teams for rising 4th through 8th graders, FIRST Tech Challenge teams for 7th through 12th graders, and FIRST Robotics Competition for 9th through 12th graders organized by Piedmont Makers for the 2018-2019 season.  Like a sports team, each team will meet for weekly practices with weekend scrimmages and tournaments.  The season will start in August and, if the teams qualify, will continue to California regional and national competitions in 2019.  Learn more.

FIRST Lego League registration now open!  Lego Mindstorms-based robotics competition that includes a team project based on the season’s theme for 4th-8th graders.   The 2018-2019 theme is INTO ORBIT: Explore living in and traveling through space.  $250 to register through April 30.

FIRST Tech Challenge/FIRST Robotics Challenge student application form now available!  Interested 7th-12th grade students should apply by April 15.

Call for Makers! – 5th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire - Sunday 4/22 11am-3pmSubmit your School Maker Faire project today — it can be a school project, STEAM Expo project, or your own project. Piedmont K-12 students and community welcome!  Deadline March 31.  Piedmont Makers is proud to join PAINTS and CHIME 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, and Piedmont High School students along with hands-on projects from community makers, live music from student musicians & bands, student art, and food trucks!

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January 2018 News

Posted on Jan 26, 2018

This Saturday, there will be an Old Car Show associated with the Boy Scout Pinewood Derby Practice Day.  Bring your car and park it in front of the Piedmont Community Church at 10 am.  We’re keeping it informal, but if you have questions, please contact info@piedmontmakers.org.

Also on 01/27, Zenith will be competing in a FIRST Tech Challenge competition here and Cyberscots will be competing in a FIRST Tech Challenge competition at Roseville High School (near Sacramento).  Good luck to all of the competitors!

On February 3rd, Piedmont Makers challenge your RC car racers to bring their best tricks!  Meet at the Kennelly Skate Park at 3 pm.

On Sunday 02/11, cheer on our very own FIRST Lego League participants at the NorCal Peninsula Championship!  Info can be found here.


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Cars and More Cars

Posted on Jan 24, 2018

Two upcoming events for those of you who like four-wheeled transportation:

Piedmont Makers Old Car Show

Calling all old cars!  Do you have a hot rod or an old car in your garage? Have you been in the 4th of July Parade before, or know someone who has? This Saturday, January 27, 2018 will be the Piedmont Makers Old Car Show. We are continuing our theme of all things cars for our Makerspace program in January. (The first was the Pinewood Derby Build and the last will be an RC Car race.) The Boy Scouts will be holding a Pinewood Derby Practice Day at the Church on Saturday and it would be fun to show the kids some cool old cars.

So bring out your old car! Park it at 10am in front of the Piedmont Community Church at 400 Highland. There will be at least one 1932 Ford Model A and an old 1954 Citroen!  This is very casual and free. Just show up!

RC Car Race
Saturday Feb 3 at 3pm
Kennelly Skatepark

The park is located adjacent to Coaches Field on Moraga Avenue.

Do you have an RC Car? Do you want to race? The showdown is coming to a skatepark near you! Be THERE! Piedmont Makers will be on hand to run a few races. Inclement weather cancels. BYO-RC!!

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Grants Awarded

Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Piedmont Makers is excited to award $5480 in grants to support S.T.E.A.M. education for the 2017-2018 academic year to teachers and PHS Clubs in the Piedmont Unified School District.   Thanks to all our donors for making our 2nd grants cycle possible!  And a huge thank you to Cheryl Wozniak, EdD., PUSD Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Mary Leon, for their support in soliciting, organizing and administrating these grants over the course of the year.

  • Marna Chamberlain - Piedmont High School ($2600) – Water Challenge Project (All Biology Students, Grades 9 & 10) – We are thrilled to fund this exciting project as it will give students the opportunity to apply creativity and knowledge to turn constraints into creative opportunities.  Specifically, students will be tasked with providing enough drinking water for their assigned village by building a water collector suitable for their specific region of the world.  This project-based lesson integrates science and engineering together in a way that exemplifies 21st century learning.

  • John Jogopulos - Piedmont High School Motorsports and Engineering Club ($500) – Used Motorbike, Car, Truck or other Vehicle to be rebuilt.  We are excited to fund a new project for this entrepreneurial and innovative PHS club that is giving students an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of mechanical engineering in a way not currently available through the schools.  This grant will enable more interested students to participate than would otherwise be able to with only one current student-funded project.

  • Amelia Costello - Piedmont High School Biotech Club ($495) – CRISPR Gene Editing Kit, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) Kit, Tech Social Materials. The PHS Biotech Club is a student-run club that aims to expose more high school students to the biosciences and give those already interested deeper opportunities to explore the field.  The kits purchased through the grant will provide hands-on activities for students to engage in during school lunch periods.  The Club also helped arrange our January Tech Social speaker, Dr. Kevin Doxzen, who will be inviting the audience to participate in a hands-on experiment with your cell phone.  Come check it out to learn more!

  • Dan Kessler, Christy Blackie-Taylor and Camilla Thayer - Piedmont Middle School ($750 Partial Funding with the PMS Parents Club) – Earthquake Retrofit (7th grade) and Weather Engineering Projects (6th grade).  We are excited about the PMS Science Teacher’s projects because they will integrate engineering into lessons about earth sciences using experts and materials to gain further understanding about fundamental processes affecting our everyday lives.  We loved that the Earthquake project builds on work started through a project funded in last year’s grant cycle.

  • Adam Saville - Piedmont Middle School ($900 Partial Funding with PMS Parents Club) – 3D Printers for the PMS Maker Space. (PMS Middle School Students & the Piedmont Community) 3D Printing is a great way to make STEM education accessible and fun for a broad range of kids; brings the “A” into STEAM education as there’s an authentic integration of Art and Design, with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; and teaches kids “successful failure” that they can see with their very own eyes.  These 3D printers will be available for use by the broader community as well as the PMS Maker Classes.

  • Carolyn White, Jennifer Gulassa – Piedmont Middle School Library ($260) – 21st Century Skills Innovation Library books.  These books will support students interested in Makers in general and particularly support the Makers electives.  We applaud the Library’s interest in supporting S.T.E.A.M. education in a variety of ways and hope these books will become valuable tools for all PMS students to explore potential projects that they’ll be inspired to make!

  • Robin Ludmer – Beach Elementary ($72) – Keva Planks to add to the Mini Maker collection in the McHugh Library. We liked Ms. Ludmer’s proposal because it will inspire kids to create simple and complex designs, build pyramids and all kinds of wood sculptures, through open ended play.  These materials will be widely available to all students.

Questions or comments, please contact:
Donna Friedman Meir (donnafriedmanmeir@gmail.com)

Jane Lin (gojanelin@gmail.com)
Piedmont Makers, Grants Chairs

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