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PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR NEW HOME (for now, at least):!forum/bay-area-maker-educators

(Note for those of you who post: For the next few months, please try to do it in both places so folks don't miss out on your announcement.)

Since we will be losing Google+ sometime this year, there is no time like the present to start migration everyone over to something else so we don't lose the awesome sauce that is this community right here.

This is a simple Google group that you can set up to run mostly through your email, if you prefer. It's less "media-rich" than this Google+ group so that's a downside but otherwise, will allow us to have a variety of posts, from meetup/event announcements, job postings, or general discussions. It does not allow us to tag posts as "PD", "Meetups", "Jobs", etc, so we will need to try to be clear in our subject lines.

Anyway, see everyone on the other side!

Community Repair Events are super for all ages.

Two events coming up. Two ways to participate.
1) Come volunteer as a fixer or host.
2) Bring your broken items

1) Repair Cafe: An exciting half-day participatory event where community members come together to help each other repair what’s broken.

2) Fixit Clinic: A do-it-together, hands-on, STEM-based fix-n-learn, community-based exploration and discovery workshop for all ages.

1) Transition Berkeley Repair Café and Resiliency Fair:
February 23, 2019
Saturday, 11:00 - 3:00
Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

2) Fixit Clinic
Berkeley Public Library
March 2, 2019
Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00
Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch
1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

More Info here:

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Hey everyone, if you or someone you know is looking for a compelling summer job, join us at Mark Day School's Tinkering School summer camp! We spend three days in training at Tinkering School SF, then take the program to Marin for five weeks of incredible building with kids from all over the world!

For a full job description go to and scroll down to the Tinkering School job posting.

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Announcing the latest round of Wonderful Idea Co events in February:

We're kicking off our series of drop in tinkering workshops at the #WICOegg experimental gallery at the Maker Ed Community Studio in northwest Berkeley! Check out our adult evening workshops and weekend family sessions.

All of our exciting and fun workshops are currently posted on our website -

My Electric Valentine (18+)
[THIS THURSDAY] 2/14 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Explore LEDs, copper tape, soldering irons and a wide variety of craft materials get an introduction to the basics of creating a light-up paper circuit card!

Coding with Chibitronics (Family Workshop)
2/24 from 10:00am - 3:30pm
Learn how to use the Chibitronics Chibi Chip as a micro-controller and Microsoft MakeCode web-based coding format to create personally meaningful projects.

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Hi everyone! There are still a few spots left in our next professional development workshop for maker educators, Documenting for Assessment, happening this Monday & Tuesday 2/11-2/12 in Berkeley. Sliding-scale pricing options are available! Hope to see some of you there.

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Anyone have opinions of Mountain View's (home of Google) local school district is adopting their pay-to-play platform, but I've never heard of them in over 10 years of being in edtech.

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Happy Friday everyone! Did you know: Raspberry Pi is the world's cheapest and smallest computer at only $35, and it has endless creative applications! Created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation only 7 years ago, it is now the 3rd best selling computer in the world after Mac and PC.

At QPi, affiliate of University of California Berkeley, we're enabling the use of Raspberry Pi in a classroom setting (6-12th grade) to teach students Python, a popular language used in industry, by making physical projects come to life with code. We package together all the materials you need to get started right away -- no need to worry about ordering 10 different parts from 10 different vendors -- and all you need is a laptop!

No technical background required: join our introductory workshop at UC Berkeley next month, where you'll walk through building and coding a robot yourself and keep the kit after. [[Email for a limited time discount code!!!]]

Register here:

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Thinking about how to weave #makered into a progression of learning experiences (e.g. a unit plan, a sequence, or a set of activities)? Join us at the Maker Ed community studio on February 28-March 1st for Designing Learning Progressions!

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Hi Bay Area Makers! We will be having another workshop on March 9 at UC Berkeley! Come to our fun, hands-on workshop and learn how you can bring Robotics, Programming with Python, and much more to your classroom! No technical background is required, and all you need is a laptop. You will also receive a Raspberry Pi robotics kit with sample NGSS- aligned curriculum that you can take home.

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Hi Bay Area Makers! At QPi Education, we are training educators on how to use the Raspberry Pi, the world's cheapest and smallest computer, to teach 6-12th grd students coding in Python and engineering skills with introductory robotics projects! No technical background required!

We will be having a hands-on workshop at UC Berkeley campus on March 2, where we'll train you to build and code your own robot car from scratch. Admission comes with your own QPi Robot Kit that you can keep afterwards, which includes a Raspberry Pi with wireless access and NGSS-aligned sample curriculum for your classroom! Contact us at if you have any questions.

Register here:
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