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January 2019 News

Posted on Jan 11, 2019

Please mark your calendars with the NEW School Maker Faire date: April 28, 2019!

Student Grants Available
Piedmont Makers will award grants in support of student S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) projects, to be shared at the Piedmont School Maker Faire on April 28, 2019. It’s a great opportunity to imagine, ideate, plan, build, create, test, develop and make! Applications are due at 8pm on January 18, 2019. For questions, contact Margaret at grants@piedmontmakers.org.

FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship – Saturday, January 19 @ UC Berkeley - Come cheer for the four Piedmont FIRST LEGO League teams competing in the East Bay regionals on January 19th at UC Berkeley! The teams are Team Green, Red Rockets, Technokitties, and Mission Woof. Teams are comprised of students from Beach, Wildwood, Havens, and Piedmont Middle School.  The champion (out of 36 teams) will advance to the world championship in April.  FREE admission.  More info here.

Planned Upcoming Events:
- Friday 02/08: Tech Social with speaker Debbie Senesky
- Date TBD: Screening of Science Fair

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December 2018 News

Posted on Jan 7, 2019

Wishing you a delightful winter break with lots of time for Maker projects! News below…

6th Annual Piedmont School Maker Faire – Sunday, April 28, 11-3pm, Beach Elementary:
We are excited to announce the 2019 School Maker Faire date on May 5 and NEW location at Beach Elementary! Due to the S.T.E.A.M. building construction we need to relocate for the next couple years. Piedmont Makers are excited to welcome K-12 student and community members to submit projects!

Donate to Piedmont Makers as we take on the STEAM Expo!
If you have elementary school students, you may have read that the district has decided to eliminate support for the STEAM Expo (the tri-school event that showcases student interests and interdisciplinary explorations in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) this year. Makers firmly believe that student-driven inquiry is an important part of our students’ learning and growth and hope that the district will still be able to guide these experiences for all children, in the schools. We plan to incorporate the STEAM Expo into the Maker Faire this year but need your support to make it happen! Please visit donate.piedmontmakers.org to donate (and utilizing company matching) to help us put on even MORE amazing events in 2019.

Robotics Update:
Piedmont Makers and Scotbotics hosted the inaugural First Tech Challenge Tournament (FTC) in Morrison gym earlier this month. It was a huge success and a significant milestone for expanding robotics and STEAM education in Piedmont. With the growth in robotics competitions, more tournament hosts are needed. These tournaments require a lot of time to organize and volunteers (both technical and non technical) to run them. Piedmont was a great fit to run a tournament with our very engaged community and support from PUSD.

With the 2018-19 tournament season almost halfway over, 2 out of 6 FTC teams in Piedmont have qualified for Regionals in early March so far – Scotbotics and Hypercube. Pioneers and Zenith are entered in qualifying tournaments in January and February.

In FIRST Lego League, there are four teams advancing to regionals in January 16th at UC Berkeley. The teams are Team Green, Red Rockets, Technokitties, and Mission Woof. Teams are comprised of students from Beach, Wildwood, Havens, and Piedmont Middle School. Congratulations all!

Science Fair Documentary – Screening Opportunity:
Would you be interested in a community screening of The Science Fair? This Sundance award-winning documentary follows nine teenagers as they compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. Email us at info@piedmontmakers.org for more info – if there is interest, we can arrange a showing and a community discussion on how Piedmont can continue to be a leader in STEAM education.

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November 2018 News

Posted on Nov 19, 2018

Saturday, December 1, 1:00p – 3:30p: Introduction to Power Tools.
Saws and drills and drivers, oh my! Power tools are amazing! They can make quick work of tough tasks and help us do what we couldn’t do with just hand tools. But they can also be intimidating and need to be used safely. Join us for an introduction to power tools to learn safe operation and get hands-on experience with a variety of tools that cut, drill and drive!
For kids 5-10 years old accompanied by an adult.
Tickets here!

Sunday, December 9, 1:30p: FTC Tournament
Scotbotics and the Piedmont Makers are hosting the first robotics tournament in Piedmont on 12/9 in the Morrison gym. A robotics tournament is a cross between a sporting event and a Nascar race, fast-paced and exciting. The best time to watch the robots in action is from 1:30 until 5pm after all the robot inspections and team interviews are completed.

Piedmont School Maker Faire: tentative date, May 5th
Though it seems far away, now is a good time to start thinking about a project for Piedmont’s own School Maker Faire!  Is there a thing you’ve been wanting to create?  A special project you’ve been tinkering at that is ready to share with the world?  Do you have a couple of friends who might like to work with you?  We encourage projects from student and adult makers alike!

Congratulations to Piedmont’s FIRST Robotics Teams!  
All 12 of Piedmont’s FIRST Lego Robotics teams have competed at their qualifying tournaments.  For most, this was the end of a wonderful season.  Good luck to the teams competing at the East Bay Regional Championship at UC Berkeley on January 19th!

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October 2018 News

Posted on Oct 4, 2018

Animation Tech Social! – Friday, October 12, 6:30pm – Ellen Driscoll Auditorium- Danielle Feinberg, Pixar’s director of photography, will discuss how Pixar creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Danielle will take you behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more to discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real.  Students will create stop motion videos.  Purchase your tickets at the early bird pricing here!

Volunteers needed for FIRST Lego League Tournament! - Piedmont is hosting its first ever FIRST LEGO League Qualification Tournament on Sunday, November 4 at Piedmont Middle School.  In order to make it a fantastic event, we need your help!  Please consider volunteering for a couple hours or all day and see Piedmont robotics teams in action.  Sign up on the Google Sheet.

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is coming up on 10/21.  Grab some Maker friends and check it out!

Do you have interest in supporting STEAM education in our district?  Come to our next board meeting – 10/23 at 7p in the PMS Makerspace (Room 125).

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September 2018 News

Posted on Oct 4, 2018

Happy September! We are now officially getting back into the school year groove. Piedmont Makers has another exciting year planned for Piedmont Community members of all ages. Look for favorites like bimonthly Tech Social and Makerspace events and our Sixth Annual Piedmont School Maker Faire next spring. NEW this year: Piedmont Makers is bringing robotics to town with two regional tournaments this Fall. In our classrooms, we look forward to continuing our teacher grants program that funds inspired hands-on S.T.E.A.M. projects directly to teachers and their classrooms.

We need your support to make it all happen! If you haven’t gotten to make a donation yet, please click to DONATE. Your donation to Piedmont Makers funds:

  • $5500 granted directly to teachers’ classroom S.T.E.A.M. projects at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
  • Robotics in Piedmont with 146 kids participating this year, 48% of which are girls
    • Last year we kicked off Piedmont’s First Lego League for 4th through 6th grades, with 40 kids and 4 teams. This year we have 82 kids grades 4th through 8th on 12 teams with over 25 coaches.
    • First Tech Challenge for grades 7th and up has 64 students and 6 teams, up from 37 students on 3 teams last year.
    • Piedmont will host two regional Qualifying Tournaments this Fall, one for FLL and one for FTC.
  • Piedmont School Maker Faire at Piedmont High School last spring had over 80 exhibits and 1,000 attendees of all ages (video from last year)
  • Tech Socials that featured the PHS Biotech Club and community experts and Makerspace workshops

SCARECROWS are coming to the MAKERSPACE Sunday, 09/16, 12:30 – 3:30 pm in PMS Room 125. Bring your ideas, materials, and get expert help to start your class scarecrow for Harvest Festival. Limited space and tickets are going fast!

We need you! Sign up to volunteer with the Piedmont Makers! Robotics tournaments days this Fall, Makerspaces on weekends, Tech Social on Fridays, or School Maker Faire in the Spring — Come have fun with the Makers!

Our next board meeting is Tuesday, 09/19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm in PMS Room 125. Stop by and bring your maker ideas!

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Welcome back!

Posted on Sep 4, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

When completing your online registration, please consider a donation to Piedmont Makers to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) education in Piedmont schools. Piedmont Makers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation so your donation is fully tax deductible. You can make your donation on PiedmontStore.com during Part 2 of the registration process.

Your donation will help support:

  • K-12 teacher and student group grants
  • FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams
  • Tech Socials – Tech-themed family social nights with talks on Minecraft, Food Science, Coding and more
  • Makerspaces – Weekend workshops on topics such as Arduino, 3D Printing, Soldering
  • and the Piedmont School Maker Faire!

Interested in getting more involved? We are always looking for new board members. Email info@piedmontmakers.org or stop a board member if you see one around town.

Looking forward to a great year!

- The Piedmont Makers Board

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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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