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Want to help integrate making with your child's classroom? Join some of the free Professional Development events around the South Bay for Maker Educators.


While we can't do much until the Office building is finished, parent volunteers can learn a lot about making in education to better support classroom teachers in the future.


The Penninsula South Bay Maker Educator Meetup is doing a hands-on session about woodworking.


"PSBMEM will be holding a meetup Sept 21st at RAFT San Jose, 355 Ridder Park Dr, San Jose, CA 95131. This month we will be covering how to engage your school community with wood working projects. Learn woodworking skills & tools, safety procedures, and simple projects that students of all ages can help create."

Register on Eventbrite to attend. You do not need to be a fulltime teacher to attend these events. 


San Jose Mini Maker Faire is Sunday, September 3rd. We will not be organizing a Central Park booth as the timeline is too rushed. More information about the event can be found at the San Jose Mini Maker Faire web site.


Please only donate items to the makerspace that have no food crumbs and no food or drink residue. Please do not bring any items that have been stored in dirty garages that could potentially have bug infestations.  When in doubt, send questionable items to your own recycling or garbage bin. We want to keep our school clean and bug free!


When considering which items to save, we prefer items that are *stackable* to save storage space and that items are in quantities of 24 or more. This helps teachers ensure all the students in one class have access to the same materials for a project.


These are some of the items teachers can use:

12-pack refrigerator soft drink boxes

milk jugs/cartons (CLEAN)

carboard boxes (all sizes that are clean)

tops (water, soda bottles, jars)

Keurig containers

baby food jars

rolls from tape or ribbon

cereal boxes (CLEAN)

egg cartons (CLEAN)

bubble wrap


toilet paper rolls

paper towel rolls

pringle cans (CLEAN)

tissue paper

Kleenex boxes

fruit cup containers (CLEAN)

tin cans

2 liter bottles (CLEAN)


The makerspace could also use laptops that are less than 2 years old.


Also Makerspace Parent Volunteers, *SAVE THE DATE*, EdCamp Silicon Valley Make is a free meeting/professional development opportunity for teachers on maker topics. It is also a great opportunity for Makerspace Parent Volunteers to learn about many projects and technologies so that you can better support your child's class. Get hands-on learning with things like paper circuits, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, etc. . The next event is Saturday, September 30th 9AM-3PM at RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers) in San Jose. It is free. 


Ms. Cary's 3rd Grade class held a design challenge in the makerspace.


Other activities TBD...


Our makerspace has many empty shelves yearning to be filled. Give them love by checking out our Makerspace Wish List and the Engineering/Tinkering Wish List.


Our top need is an Epilog laser cutter as well as decently powerful computers PC or Mac (no Chromebooks) to run 3D modeling, robotics, vector graphics, Minecraft mod development, animation, video editing, etc. iPads would be really helpful too.