Over the past three weekends, seventeen Piedmont FIRST LEGO League robotics teams have competed in local Qualifier Tournaments across the East Bay against other Bay Area teams. Six Piedmont teams finished at the top of their Qualifiers and advanced to the regional championship in January.
This season marks the third year of FIRST LEGO League in Piedmont as the town league has grown to 18 teams with 120 students participating. FIRST LEGO League is a global competition with 39,000 teams and 312,000 students across 4th-8th grades in over 100 countries. This year’s theme is CITY SHAPER where team explore, challenge, and innovate in their communities towards a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together
On November 10 at the Quarry Lane Qualifier in Dublin, the Technokitties, an all-girls team of Piedmont Middle School 7th Graders won the top Champions Award and qualified for the regional championship. The Boomin’ Buildin’ Busters, an all-boys team of Beach 5th graders, won the top Project award, Global Innovation award, and also advanced to the regional championship.
On Saturday November 16 at the Athenian School in Danville, the City Shifters, an all-girls team of 5th graders, placed third in the robot game, won the Global Innovation award, and will be advancing to the regional championship. The Metropolis Makers came in fourth in the robot game and won the Robot Design award.
Also on Saturday November 16 at Lowell High School In San Francisco, Apollo 11, an all-boys team of 7th graders, won the Champions Award and Robot Performance Award for top scoring robot at 300 points and will advance to the regional championship. Mini Fig Bars came in second in the robot game with three consistent runs with a top score of 275. Purple People for Piedmont also had a great showing across all four judged areas. At Mission San Jose Elementary in Fremont, Laser Catnado, Gum Drops, and Spookerville also competed.
At the Piedmont Qualifier Tournament on Sunday November 17 at Piedmont Middle School, six first year Piedmont teams competed against 10 other Bay Area teams including the California Buildin’ Bears, Pioneering Pandas, Bot Squad, and Shadow Shapers. The Raging Radishes achieves the 2nd highest game score of 345 points, and the Building Bananas advanced to the regional championship through balanced achievement across all dimensions.
Finally, on Saturday November 23, Team Uploading — a co-ed 6th grade team — participated in the Town School Qualifier Tournament in San Francisco and also advanced to the regional championship.
“Regardless of whether these kids grow up to be engineers, scientists (or, you name it), the experience and learning they get from participating in authentic and impactful experiences like this will serve them for their entire lives,” said Piedmont Middle School teacher Adam Saville, who served as a judge at the Piedmont Qualifier tournament.
FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the CITY SHAPER season, teams choose and solve a real-world problem in the Innovation Project. They also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism.
The six advancing Piedmont teams will compete against thirty other elite teams at the East Bay Regional Championship on Sunday, January 12 at Mountain House High School. The winner of the regional championship will advance to the FIRST World Championship in April in Houston. For more information on Piedmont Makers robotics programs, please visit www.piedmontmakers.org/robotics.
We are so excited to kickoff the 6th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 28 11am-3pm at the Beach Elementary 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?
Located at Beach school, Lego Lane for the little ones, many arts exhibits from Piedmont Arts Fund, a Quilting display with over 10 exhibitors, many new robotics teams and a ton of new elementary exhibits.
Project Ember – Hands on and Info
East Bay Community Energy – Info
Super Power of the Song - What does a rain storm sound like?
Hands on Making!
With strong support from the Piedmont Arts Foundation and Piedmont Makers we have many hands-on activities.
Mini-golf course – 11 Golf Holes!
The Weaving Tree
Creating with Corks
3D Pop Up Cards
Cardboard Art Installation
Duct Tape Creations
Nails and Yarn
Stop Motion Station
Piedmont High School Makers
Facades – A Short Drama Film
PHS Biotech Club
Rebuilding a 1928 Willys Knight automobile
Drones! Tiny Whoop Racing
Piedmont Middle School Makers
Buzz Wire Machine (Arduino-based)
Family Crafting and Making Explosion
Jam Jar Jet Engine
Rube Goldberg Lemonade Stand
Beach Elementary School Makers
Felt Animals & Paper Airplanes
Growing Bismuth Crystals
Mag-Lev Back Forth
Schoolyard First Aid
Spin Art Machine
The Art of Tape Sculpture
Havens Elementary School Makers
Paper Airplane Test Pilot
Wildwood Elementary Makers:
Cardboard Carnival – Slot Soccer
EV3 LEGO mindstorms whack-a-mole Human vs. Robot
How Elevators Work
Marshmallow Blow Shooters
Milk Gallon Igloo
Project Perfume Flower
Remote Control Fast (All Terrain) Hovercraft
The Big Blanker
The Marble Run
When Unicorns Fly
With strong support from Piedmont Community members, Piedmont Makers and Berkeley schools
FIRST Lego League – Autonomous Lego/EV-3 Bots
FIRST Tech Challenge – competitive Bots made by various Piedmont FTC teams
Lego Lane – the Cityscape
Lego Lane – the Lego Museum
Low-cost micro-controllers for student projects (Berkeley)
Team 5419 – Deep Space Robot Demo (Berkeley)
Earthquake Early Warning (Berkeley)
How to make a quilt
Quilts from 7 Community members
Virtual Reality- PUSD – The Future!
Curry Up Now (Food truck)
3 Brothers Kitchen (Food truck)
Frozen Kuhsterd (Food truck)
Boy Scouts – Water and Donuts
We’ve had a number of requests for late submissions to be an exhibitor. So we are extending the Piedmont Maker Faire deadline to from April 7th to April 14th. Got an idea for an exhibit!? Submit it here.
Happy March! We have a lot going on this month, so let’s get started with the updates:
Makerspace – Cardboard Creations! – Sunday, March 10 1-4pm: Cardboard, cardboard everywhere! let’s use it to create! A space shuttle? Ferris wheel? Batle ship? Skateboard? Pinball machine? The only limit is your imagination. Members of the Middle School Cardboard Club will share their insights, show off past work, and help attendees with new creations. Get inspired and start building a project for the School Maker Faire! FREE tickets here (limited availability).
Robotics Open House – THIS Wednesday, March 6, 7pm – Piedmont High School Student Center: We will host our robotics open house on Wednesday night for our elementary and middle school robotics programs – FIRST LEGO League for 4th-8th graders and the more advanced FIRST Tech Challenge for 7th-8th graders. We will have example robots and projects on hand for interested families to learn more. Parents and rising 4th-8th grade students are invited.
Robotics Registration NOW OPEN! – FIRST LEGO League deadline is April 30 (Register here for 4th-8th graders). FIRST Tech Challenge deadline is March 31 (Register here for 7th-8th graders. High school students will have a separate application process). Registration fee is $250.
High School Robotics Open House – Wednesday, April 3 7pm – Piedmont High School Student Center: We will host our robotics open house for our high school robotics teams in April. Our high school FIRST Tech Challenge teams will show off their robots and discuss the application process for new members. We also plan to start a new FIRST Robotics Competition team next year to compete at the highest level of FIRST Robotics. Come learn more and see a local FRC team show off their robot and inspire us all!
LEGO Mindstorms Camp comes to Piedmont Rec: We have partnered with Piedmont Rec and TechKnowHow to bring a Mindstorms EV3 camp this summer to keep building LEGO engineering skills! Students will build an autonomous car, animatronic creature, and line-following bot. Week of June 17. Register here.
6th Annual Piedmont School Maker Faire – Call for Makers: Piedmont Makers will host the 6th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 28, 2019 11am-3pm at Beach Elementary School in collaboration with the Piedmont Arts Fund. The Piedmont School Maker Faire is a celebration of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (S.T.E.A.M.) education for the Piedmont community & beyond! Submit your project today to exhibit at the Faire – it can be a school project, STEAM Expo project, a performance or your own project. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive, highlight the process of making things or that you and/or your children took pride in making. Deadline April 7.
6th Annual Piedmont School Maker Faire – Call for Makers!
Piedmont Makers will host the 6th annual Piedmont School Maker Faire on Sunday, April 28, 2019 11am-3pm at Beach Elementary School in collaboration with the Piedmont Arts Fund. The Piedmont School Maker Faire is a celebration of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (S.T.E.A.M.) education for the Piedmont community & beyond! Submit your project today to exhibit at the Faire — it can be a school project, STEAM Expo project, a performance or your own project. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive, highlight the process of making things or that you and/or your children took pride in making.
Robotics Open House – Wednesday, March 6, 7pm – Piedmont High School Student Center
Please join us for a show & tell on our elementary and middle school robotics program – FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. We will have example robots and example projects on hand for interested families to learn more about FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. Parents and rising 4th-8th grade students are invited. For more info, please visit www.piedmontmakers.org/robotics or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makerspace – “Cardboard Carnival” – Sunday, March 10
We will hold our next Makerspace event on Sunday, March 10. Please join us to make a cardboard creation and join the Cardboard Carnival! Stay tuned for the eventbrite.
Have a great February break!
- The Piedmont Makers Board