STEAM Workshops & Maker Activities

The foundation is excited to be implementing these new culturally & locally inspired Afterschool Workshops & Maker activities in 2016.

Luz de la Comunidad

These culturally inspired workshops engage middle school youth in learning about the Aztec New Year celebrated in March. Students participate in a sewing circuitry activity creating LED light enhanced Aztec bracelets.

Select students also have the opportunity to lead Pop-Up Workshops in Japantown and at the Aztec New Year Celebration at Emma Prush Farm Park in East San Jose. Students are the teachers, rather than the learners, as they share this hands-on, wearable art activity.

East San Jose youth have the opportunity to promote cultural diversity by sharing culture through art activities with other communities and cultures in San Jose. This is also a significant opportunity for the East San Jose community to invite other Silicon Valley residents to their neighborhood to participate in a unique cultural celebration – The Aztec New Year.

Workshop Dates
Pop-up Workshop at the ScreenPrint Showdown – January 30, 2016

After School Workshops:
   Renaissance Academy at Mathson – February 29, 2016
   Ocala STEAM Academy – March 2, 2016

Japantown Workshop:
   Roy’s Station Coffee & Tea – Sunday, March 6, 2016

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These workshops were funded by a Cognizant – Making the Future Grant, and implemented through a collaboration with the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District and the San Jose Public Library, as well as with in-kind support from Tech Shop San Jose and Mentor Graphics.

Sunset Bridge Micro Park Prototyping Maker Faire

This locally inspired activity will engage students in creating scale models of what they envision for enlivening the Sunset Bridges micro parks. Through a Maker Faire over 2 days, students in both the Mathson and Arbuckle neighborhoods will create low-resolution models of built structures and imagine possible activities for the neighborhood micro-park bridge entrances. This will give the students and community who use Sunset Bridge a voice in the local public space and transit design conversation.

The Maker Faire will be in May/June 2016. Please check back for the specific dates.

The Maker Faire is funded by a Cognizant – Making the Future Grant & a Somos Mayfair Community Mini Grant, and implemented through a collaboration with Artplace - Sunset Bridge Project and the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District, as well as in-kind support from Mentor Graphics. Learn more about the Sunset Bridge Project at:
http://sunsetbridgeproject.org/

Dia del los Muertos Calaveras 3D Workshop

This 3D exploration engages teens in learning 3D CAD designing tools to bring their artistic and design ideas to life in 3D forms. The workshops will be held at the Dr. Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Library and Alum Rock Middle Schools. Students will learn about and reflect on the cultural holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and use Tinkercad to design and create 3D Calaveras (skulls) representing someone close to them that they want to honor.

Student’s 3D designs will be printed using glow-in- the-dark filaments and will be publically displayed at an installation for one month. Each design will include a statement from the artist about who they are honoring and why.

The tentative timeframe is September – November 2016. Please check back for the specific dates.

These workshops are funded by a Cognizant – Making the Future Grant and implemented through a collaboration with the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District and the San Jose Public Library, as well as in-kind support from Mentor Graphics.


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