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February 2021 News


Posted on Feb 1, 2021

Hello Makers!
We passed Groundhog day on February 2, and while the decidedly non-scientific method predicts six more weeks of winter, we’re hoping for an early spring. We’re excited about the schools slowly reopening, robotic competitions, the new STEAM building, Mars landings, and more.
 

Highlights from Last Weekend’s FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Tournament


Piedmont Makers hosted a virtual Qualifier Tournament on Saturday, February 6 with 18 FIRST LEGO League teams from across the Bay Area. Check out the highlights video with the competition robots in action!
 

$420k donation for New Engineering Lab



This month the Makers will be presenting a $420k donation for the new engineering lap. Updates to come on as the space starts to take shape.
 

EXPO Program to launch at PHS and MHS


Piedmont High School and Millennium High School will be launching a cross-curricular project based learning event open to all students who opt to participate. The goal is to demonstrably address our identified needs of improving student joy, relevance and complexity in their learning experience. This introductory video will give you a general sense of EXPO. For more information contact Flint Christensen, Computer Science Faculty, Piedmont High School.
 

Countdown to Mars Landing on Feb 18



On February 18, NASA’s Perseverance rover will finally land on Mars after completing a complex maneuver called entry, descent, and landing, or EDL.
 

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 jonschleuning@gmail.com.

Makers gonna make!
The Piedmont Makers Board

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January 2021 News


Posted on Jan 1, 2021

Hello Makers!
New Year. New Semester. New Vaccines. We’re excited and hopeful about the months ahead. We’re in planning mode for Spring events with much to share. Onward!
 

$7k in STEAM Grants awarded to Teachers


We are very pleased to announce our 2021 Teacher Grant Recipients:
John Savage (PHS) – $4.3k for 2 Vernier Probeware kits for digital measurement to bring laboratory activities into the 21st century. Currently all data collection, beyond measuring the mass of materials, is done analog. We have no means of measuring the concentration of gases, pressure, voltage potential, pH, conductivity, etc in our science classes. These kits could be used in every core science class and most of the elective classes.
Andrew Willats (PHS) – $1.2k for Particulate Matter Particle Sensor for 2 classes of AP Environmental Science. Remote and automated sensing have become increasingly important in environmental science, and researchers frequently design and construct their own equipment. Giving students this opportunity will enhance their understanding of the field, strengthen their own skillset, and make engineering relevant to the patterns we study.
Noor Ashour (PMS) – $1k for Makers classroom supplies & organization for FabLab middle school electives.
Milisa Kelly (PHS) – $500 for additional culinary arts appliances to allow social distancing and safety of my students when we come back to campus.
Congratulations to the teachers!
 

$420k donation for New Engineering Lab approved by PUSD School Board!


 

Robotics Team Highlight: The Programming Panthers



Aliya Vora and Elsa Wallway, members of the Programming Panthers, recently competed in a virtual First Lego League Qualifying Tournament hosted by Pleasant Grove High School. The team won an award for their robot design and will advance to the First Lego League Northern California Regional Championship in the Spring. Aliya and Elsa are 6th graders at PMS and this is their 3rd year participating in the First Lego League competition.
 

Robotics Team Highlight: Awesome Active Athletes


The Awesome Active Athletes won the Robot Performance Award at their Qualifying Tournament on January 9. Check out their winning run with 475 points scored!


 

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 jonschleuning@gmail.com.

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Missions, Teams, and Problems: Finding Meaning in Tech

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Bryan Cantrill shares his perspective on the tech industry.

 

On Friday, December 4th, the Makers hosted our first virtual Tech Social featuring speaker Bryan Cantrill, CTO of Oxide Computer Company, BSA Scoutmaster, and Piedmont Dad. His talk was geared for secondary students interested in computer science and the tech industry. The middle school robotics team, The Piedmont Pioneers, led the social part of the evening by hosting small groups of Among Us video games, sharing something they do for team building and fun.

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Robotics Profile: Team #19293


Posted on Dec 13, 2020

The Amazingly, Awesome Team #19293

Team #19293 is participating for its second year within the FIRST Lego League Explore program. Team members include Beach Elementary students Sammy Sohn, Oliver Neumann, Finn Holder, Isaac Dolid, and Ben Callaway, and are coached by Anna Chambers and Brian Neumann.

2020 Aerial view of Team #19293

The team (clockwise from top left): Sammy Sohn, Oliver Neumann, Finn Holder, Ben Callaway. Not pictured Isaac Dolid.

2020’s challenge was for the team to design a space for play and exercise. The team designed a Minecraft-themed obstacle course, and with the help of coach Anna Chambers, shot a stop motion video of minifigures navigating the course to reach the treasure at the end.

 

picture of lego stop motion setup

Coach Anna Chambers directs the boys in filming a stop motion video of the obstacle course. Photo courtesy of Coach Pat Holder.

 

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Tech Social is Back (Virtually)


Posted on Nov 20, 2020

Missions, Teams, and Problems: Finding Meaning in Tech
Friday, Dec. 4, 7:00 pm

with Bryan Cantrill CTO Oxide Computer Company, Scoutmaster, and Piedmont dad. FIRST Robotics teams, scouts, and middle/high school tech enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Come for the talk, stay for the gaming! Join us on Google Meet on Fri. 12/4 at 7pm.

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Highlanders at a local scrimmage

The Highlanders were founded in 2019. The team competes at the highest level of the 4 FIRST robotics programs. The Highlanders are led by Henry Lambert (Software/Electrical), Will Shields (Design/Fabrication), Charlie Lambert (Design/Fabrication), Jade Kessinger (Outreach) and Alyssa Angsupanich (Project Management).

The team designs their robots in Solidworks, a computer-aided design program, and fabricates most parts digitally. Defense is a big part of the competition, so robots need to be well designed and built. The team’s largest sponsors are Zenni, NASA, Google, Solidworks, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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Solidworks rendering of the Highlanders’ 2020 Robot

In 2020, the team increased in size to 20 members. With covid, the team is meeting in person in small groups and virtually getting new team members trained in Solidworks, tools, electronics, wiring, and coding. The Highlanders are fortunate to have access to 2 mini machine shops in Piedmont. The team plans to move to the Engineering Lab in the new STEAM building when it opens and welcomes all students who are interested in building robots.

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2020-2021 Grant Application


Posted on Oct 17, 2020

Piedmont Makers will award S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) grants up to a total of $10,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year in support of teacher curriculum needs within the Piedmont Unified School District. Applications are due at 5pm on November 13, 2020.

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