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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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November 2017 News


Posted on Nov 11, 2017

Lots going on this month in making! Read on for information about the November Makerspace, updates on Robotics in Piedmont, and a call for volunteers.

December Makerspace: Building Your Own Marble Runs 12/02/17, 2:00p – 4:00p, PMS Makerspace.
Join us for a collaborative afternoon making and playing with a marvelous marble run. There are no rules except that the marble’s going to roll downhill. We will provide plywood backer boards to build off of, hot glue, tape, and plenty of corrugated cardboard. You bring your creative mind, maker hands and any components that might make the marble’s journey more interesting. Think Pachinko meets Rube Goldberg. For ages 6+ (younger kids welcome with a parent)! Tickets here.

Some exciting updates about our robotics teams:
FIRST Lego League: On October 22, we hosted the first Piedmont FIRST Lego League Invitational scrimmage with 9 teams including the 4 Makers teams and teams from Oakland, San Ramon, Brentwood, and Pleasanton. Each team competed in 3 scrimmages in a tournament-like atmosphere in the PHS Student Center. Piedmont teams won 2 of the top 3 places while the overall winning team was Team TechNoLogic from San Ramon .Each of the four Piedmont teams will be competing in qualifying tournaments around the Bay Area over the next 2 weekends. The teams will be judged not only on robot performance, but also on a project presentation on some aspect of the human water cycle, FIRST Core Values, and Robot/Code Design. Only 3 of 16 teams at a tournament will advance to the next stage regional tournament. Good luck, FIRST lego teams!

Interested in volunteering but don’t know where to start? Check out our volunteer signup and see if any of these opportunities work for you!

December Tech Social: Architecture! 12/08/17, 6:30p – 8:30p, Ellen Driscoll Auditorium, Havens.
Save the date for a special evening with Brett Snyder. Link for tickets coming soon…

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

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Piedmont Makers is proud to announce the 2017-2018 S.T.E.A.M. grant funding cycle for curriculum-focused, project-based learning initiatives, and professional development within Piedmont Unified School District.

Our initial budget is $5000 but we do plan to raise more funds to promote S.T.E.A.M. education through the end of 2017 to hopefully funds additional grants.  We invite and encourage teachers to apply for these grants in the hope of maximizing the opportunity for our students to learn-by-making.

We are open to applications that include outside experts, additional tools and materials, and training for teachers at every level of the district.  The application is available here.

Applications for the S.T.E.A.M. Grant are due October 27, 2017 at 9am. Applicants are required to notify their school principal of the grants they are submitting. Selected grants will be awarded in November

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September 2017 News


Posted on Sep 8, 2017

We hope that your year is off to a great start!  There are some fun making opportunities ahead…

Scarecrow Makerspace: This Saturday 09/09 from 1p – 4p at the PMS Makerspace (Room 125), volunteers will be on hand to help you design and/or construct your scarecrow base for the Harvest Festival.  Sign up here.

Teacher Grants: PUSD teachers – are you looking for a small grant to fund a S.T.E.A.M. project in your classroom?  The Makers and PAINTS would like to help!  Be on the lookout for an invitation to apply, and email info@piedmontmakers.org if you have questions.

October Board Meeting: We will hold our next Piedmont Makers board meeting on Monday, October 2nd, at 7pm. If you are interested in helping out with upcoming Makerspace, Tech Social, or other Maker events, please RSVP to info@piedmontmakers.org.

October Tech Social: Our Friday night family event will be back in action on 10/20. Save the date for a talk from Piper and some minecraft fun!

Community Events: The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is coming up on Sunday, October 22nd.

If you would like to help fund making events and S.T.E.A.M. grants, please visit www.piedmontstore.com and donate!

Wishing you a happy month of making!

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Welcome back!


Posted on Sep 6, 2017

Lots of exciting Maker activites are being planned for the Fall!  To start, come to our Scarecrow Build THIS WEEKEND on 09/09 to work on your class scarecrow base! (Sign up here.)  Also put our next Tech Social on your calendar for 10/20.  Sign up for our newsletter or follow this space for more news…

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Thank you to the over 1000 attendees and makers who made the day so special.  Thank you to Patrick Collins for leading the charge for Piedmont Makers as well as the rest of the Makers board, Kammy Cobb and the PAINTS board, and Annette Clear and the CHIME board.  Thank you to our sponsors Project Ember, Techsplosion, Firecracker Math, and Piedmont BSA.  It truly takes a village to pull off this event.  Enjoy the video!

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Meet the Makers!


Posted on Apr 9, 2017

We are so excited to kickoff the 4th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 23 11am-3pm at the Piedmont High School campus! Check out below some of the 100+ projects from Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Piedmont Middle School, and Piedmont High School students along with community makers. Tickets are FREE and available now!

What’s New This Year? Be a Pixar Animator for a Day with Pixar’s Dirk van Gelder and Kurt Fleischer, PAINTS & CHIME Neighborhoods, Mini-Golf course, and more!

Hands-on Making!:

Air Rockets
Soap Bubbles
Moog Synthesizer
Be a Pixar Animator!
Learn to Solder with Piedmont Boy Scouts
Photo Booth
Beebot Maze
Mini Golf!
Oakland Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo

PAINTS ARTcade Village:
collAboRaTe Mural
Box Art
Stop Motion
Zoetrope
watercolor/salt/alcohol
Sewing/Weaving Circle
Face Painting
Chalk Art Mandala Panel
Jr. Center for Art & Science

CHIME Neighborhood:
Thingamajigs
Rockin’ Robbie’s Instruments
Musically Minded Academy
Landfillharmonic: Film screening of Recycled Orchestra from Paraguay
PUSD Instrumental Music Program Performance

Piedmont High School Makers:

Home Disaster Preparedness
Raspberry Pi VPN Server & VPN Information
Tessellation and Kusudama Origami Models
Joy of Computing Projects (Mr. Mattix’s class)
AP Computer Principles Projects (Ms. Branisa / Mr. Irfan’s class)
FIRST Tech Challenge Robot
PHS Makers Club Mobile Applications

Piedmont Middle School Makers:

FIRST Tech Challenge Robot
Sumo Robot League
Perl Rock Band
The Sorcerer’s Academy Video Game
The Music-Box
3D Printing: Bulbasaurs & Butterflies
3D Printing: Inventing Reality
Earthquake Shake Table (Mr. Kessler’s class)
Water Filtration (Mr. Kessler’s class)
Hummingbird Robotics (Mr. Savile’s class)
3D Printed Rubberband Cars (Mr. Savile’s class)
Maker Projects (Mr. Greenebaum’s class)

Beach Elementary School Makers:

Seebeck Generator
Scratch Video Game
Making an Owl that Flaps its Wings with LEGO!
Animal Jam Penguin Robot
Architecture of India
Tennis Traction
Solar Powered Ferris Wheel
Farthest Flying Dart
Snake Control Video Game
How to make paper
How does Electricity Go Through Things?
How to make natural paint and make art with it
Electric Motor
How to get around a security alarm

Havens Elementary School Makers:

Pop Rocks
King Pong
Building a DIY Electric Skateboard
DIY Lightsaber
Lego RC Car
Pinball
Terrestrial Boomerang
Solar Car Racing!
The Slime Lab
Pulleys

Wildwood Elementary Makers:

Comparing Paint
Brushbots
Model Mania!

Community Makers:

CraftCamp
Firecracker Math
Project Ember Maker Camp
Snowball Machine Gun
Community Feedback on H1 Conceptual Designs
Smoothie Bike Blender
Cardboard Pinball

Food Trucks:

Sliders
Taco Truck
Baked Goods

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April 2017 News


Posted on Apr 2, 2017

4th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire - Sunday 4/23 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!  FREE Tickets now available!

FIRST Robotics Registration Now Open: Register for the new FIRST Lego League teams for rising 4th through 5th graders or submit a student application for the FIRST Tech Challenge teams for 6th through 8th graders for the fall season (all-girls, all-boys, co-ed).  Organized by Piedmont Makers, the season will run from August to November and if the teams qualify, will continue to California regional and national competitions in 2018. Register Now!

Measure H1 Community Town Halls – Thursday 4/6 12:30-2pm andTuesday 4/18 7-8:30pm: Come to the town halls to give feedback to the architects, school board, and administration for the new S.T.E.A.M. facilities for Piedmont High School funded under Measure H1.  Please RSVP.

April Board Meeting - Thursday 4/20 7:30pm - PMS Makerspace/Room 125: If you are interested in getting more involved with Piedmont Makers, please come to our next board meeting.  We are actively recruiting for board positions for 2017-2018.  RSVP to Ayyana Chakravartula at ayyanac@gmail.com.

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