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Alameda County Office of Education

313 West Winton Avenue

Hayward, CA 94544

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The Alameda County Office of Education welcomes educators, students and their families to our monthly Open Making Hours.

Every first Wednesdays of the month the Meaning Maker Studio at ACOE opens its doors to makers of all levels and interests.

What is Open Making?

Open making hours is an open format monthly session featuring learning stations, demos, technology tours, and consultations centered around meaningfully using technology and making in academic settings. Students of any age can come and try hands on activities, learn how to use new tools and technologies and meet other makers.

You may bring your own projects and ideas and use our tools and resources to bring them to life, or come to tinker and explore something new.

How much does it cost?

This monthly gathering is free for all Alameda County educators, students and their families. Donations of old toys, tools and electronic equipment (printers, fans, speakers, etc.) is welcome and appreciated.

Is there any structure?

We will be highlighting different technologies and resources every month, including special guests. Check this page for updates on the themes and monthly highlights. Otherwise, you are free to come and learn at your own pace, by yourself or with a team. We will assist you in identifying resources and getting you started on a project or idea.

What could we learn at the Meaning Maker Studio?

Get started (or plow ahead) with any of the following technologies:

  • Laser cutting on paper, cardboard, wood and acrylic
  • 3D modeling and printing
  • Vinyl and paper cutting
  • Robotics (Lego Mindstorms, Sphero, Hummingbird Duo, Rockit Smart, Arduino robots, Parallax BoE)
  • 360 photo/video and Virtual Reality authoring
  • Raspberry Pi computing
  • Internet of Things kits w/ sensors and actuators
  • Arduino kits
  • Soldering and electronics
  • Engineering challenges
  • Prototyping with mixed materials

Snacks are refreshments are available

Contact Francisco Nieto, EdTech Program Manager at ACOE | fnieto@acoe.org for more information

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