September 2020 News

Posted on Sep 27, 2020


Hello Makers!

September is here. In typical Bay Area fashion, the weather is hot – a last bit of summer before Fall kicks in. Although, we’re still wrestling with wildfires, COVID, and distance learning, we’re thankful that the air has cleared, As Makers, we’re looking for ways to connect in this disconnected time, foster intellectual curiosity, and find engaging ways to support our kids and the community. We’re working on new programming for the rest of the year including Maker Space, the Maker Faire, and more.

 

Fall Robotics Season Underway!

We have kicked off our fall season with well over 200 students across four levels: FIRST LEGO League Explore for K-3, FIRST LEGO League Challenge for grades 4-8, FIRST Tech Challenge for grades 7-12, and FIRST Robotics Competitions for grades 9-12.

Our program services all levels with recreational teams with students new to robotics as well as our World Championship advancing teams. This fall, teams will be practicing through a combination of virtual and socially distant in-person sessions and competing virtually. Looking for more info? Please email robotics@piedmontmakers.org.

 

On the Home Stretch! Support the Fab Lab Campaign,

We’re all excited about Piedmont’s new S.T.E.A.M. building. This new building is near completion and will be ready to open in January. An integral part of the building is the new Engineering or Fab Lab. A Fab Lab is the modern version of a wood or metal workshop and will allow PHS teachers, students, and our local Maker community to make almost anything: big or small; technical or artistic; serious or whimsical.

To help Piedmont’s future innovators, please consider a donation to the S.T.E.A.M. Building Fab Lab. The district still needs to raise additional funds to outfit the new building with the modern equipment necessary to meet its 21st-century curriculum needs and fund expert staff. We are on the home stretch and every dollar counts. The next $50k will be matched by an anonymous donor, so please donate today! For more information and online donations, please visit www.piedmontmakers.org/fablab.

 

Sunday, October 25. East Bay Mini (Virtual) Maker Faire

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is looking at these current times as an opportunity fo innovation and rethinking. They are planning a virtual showcase of Makers leading up to a live (virtual) event featuring presentations, workshops, and experiences. Want to participate or get more information – check out their webpage here. The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a colorful community festival that brings together science, art, craft, homesteading, engineering, music, food, workshops, and performances for the Maker community. Call for Maker entries ends October 16, and the event will happen on Sunday, October 25.

 

Miss the September Open House?

Thanks to everyone who join us at our virtual open house in early September. For those who were not able to make it, have a look at the presentation now posted to our About page on our website.

 

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 social@piedmontmakers.org.

 

We Want Your Input

We will be sending out a short Maker survey in late September. The goal is to find areas where we can improve programs to support and inspire our community. We are incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last 6 years, and as Makers, we are always looking for ways to iterate and improve. We’re looking forward to your insight and input. We cannot wait to see you virtually!

The Piedmont Makers Board