Piedmont Makers Founders Presentation

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Piedmont Makers is a community organization to promote & inspire STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math + Art/Design) in Piedmont, CA. For more info, see www.piedmontmakers.org.

Piedmont Makers is a community organization to promote & inspire STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math + Art/Design) in Piedmont, CA. For more info, see www.piedmontmakers.org.

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  • 1. Founders Dinner January 2014 piedmontmakers.org
  • 2. Introductions Vince Monical David Ragones Kids: 6th Grader, Some Lego Robotics 10th Grader, Mobile Apps & Game Programming PHS Tech Advisory Co-Chair Beach/Havens parent BPO Tech Advisory Co-Chair Maker Experience: Minimal Javascript/Python Hacking, Hot air balloon Maker Experience: iOS, Android, Java, AWS/Heroku Want to play more with Arduino, Raspberry Pi Angel Investor, Google, Startup Founder SuccessFactors, NVIDIA Startup Founder/CEO/Engineer Wharton MBA, Illinois BS Princeton CS, Michigan MBA monical@gmail.com dragones@gmail.com 2
  • 3. Proposed Goals • Promote & inspire STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math + Art/Design) in Piedmont • Expand participation and “Maker” attitude, especially for younger ages and underrepresented groups (girls!) • Integrate with scope and sequence of district technology curriculum • Foster Community: – Create Piedmont Maker Space – Tech Parents mentor Students – HS Students mentor MS & Elementary students (as community-service) 3
  • 4. First Piedmont “mini-mini” Maker Faire in May Student Show-and-Tell with Teacher support & Parent mentors Electronics Visual Programming Robotics Mobile Apps Other…. 4
  • 5. District Momentum 2013-2014 academic year Summer: Major infrastructure improvements in technology applied district wide. Improve instructional environment for all, and provide foundation for implementing 1-1 learning model. Nov 13: Jan 6: Technology Coordinators, participating CS Instructors of technology, CS and Ed Tech, gathered to review K-12 program. First gathering in at least 16 years. Jan 21: Review and discuss Computer Science Dec 9: David Ragones presents slide deck on CS trends in the US to PUSD staff, students, school board members and Parent Club liaisons, and discussion follows. teachers, & PHS principal review computer program to develop recommendations for further discussion instruction at DTAC Feb 5: "Tech Summit" with community, staff and administration Spring: Present Computer Science review process and outcomes to School Board Dec 9: Hour of Code Week, over 1250 students in district participate. 5
  • 6. Proposed Calendar 1/23 Founders Dinner 2/8 Community Kickoff (tied to uniform day?) Jan/E AP CS Talk / PHS Makers Club 3/E Elementary Science Fairs Jan/E PMS Kickoff / PMS Makers Club Spring Mentorship Events? Jan/E Submit Budget to Parent Clubs 5/10 Piedmont Maker Faire! 2/1 Website / T-Shirts Launch 5/17 Maker Faire Bay Area 6
  • 7. Volunteers Needed! Name Technical Mentors Electronics: Games: Mobile: Robotics: Software & Websites: Other: Website Marketing (2) 7
  • 8. Volunteers Needed! (continued) Name District Liason PHS Rep PMS Rep Beach Rep Havens Rep Wildwood Rep Fundraising (2) Kickoff Faire Planning (2) Maker Faire Planning (2) 8
  • 9. Future • 2014 - 2015 Academic Year Planning • For Credit / Community Service options • Integration with After-School / Summer Enrichment • Design Thinking in Curriculum • Ideas? 9