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Humboldt County Office of Education: Monthly Family Maker Nights Offer STEAM Activities

Monthly Family Maker Nights Offer STEAM Activities

Monthly Family Maker Nights Offer STEAM Activities

Thursday, September 19 will kick off this year’s series of Family Maker Nights at the Sequoia Conference Center beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Each month, on the third Thursday, the Humboldt County Office of Education teams up with local elementary schools to offer a hands-on, family-focused event around the elements of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). These events are free of charge and open to all Humboldt County families.

The September event will highlight the new Pathmakers program, which focuses on creating and distributing culturally responsive STEAM curriculum to Humboldt County Schools, with an emphasis on Native American history, culture, and traditional ways of making.

Each Family Maker Night runs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., but is in a new location each month in order to provide regional access for all families and students.

The Family Maker Nights are part of the “Maker Movement” in education, which allows students to practice skills required of the 21st Century learner, such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, communication and collaboration. Activities can be based in technology or use simple supplies as cardboard, scissors, and duct tape to create or invent something new.

When given the opportunity, there is no limit to what a child can create and Humboldt County Office of Education wants to provide the opportunity to the children in our community to feel free to explore, tinker, and invent and an alternative way of learning.

Families and students throughout the community are invited to take part in any of the upcoming events and are welcome at all locations, whether they attend there or not.

  • September 19 – Sequoia Conference Center
  • October 17 – Pacific Union School; Cutten Elementary; Toddy Thomas School
  • November 21 – Trinidad Elementary; Redwood Coast Montessori
  • January 16 – Freshwater School; Pine Hill School; Morris Elementary
  • February 27* – Alder Grove Charter School; Big Lagoon; Sunny Brae Middle School
  • March 19 – Blue Lake School; Northern United Humboldt Charter School (Eureka Center); Monument Middle School
  • Saturday, April 25 – Maker Fair – Sequoia Conference Center (12pm-4pm)

*note February is the 4th Thursday

For more information, visit www.hcoe.org/family-maker-night.

If you would like to host your own Family Maker Night, please contact Tanya Trump, CTE Instructional Specialist, Humboldt County Office of Education at (707) 445-7817 or ttrump@hcoe.org