Humboldt County Office of Education: Family Maker Night | February 25, 2021

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Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 • 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Hosted by Alder Grove Charter School, Sunny Brae Middle School, and the Pathmakers Program

This Month’s Creations

Colton Taylor

I learned very interesting facts about tribes that made/make canoes.

Caitlin Taylor

I learned how to make a survival bracelet and I helped my brothers with theirs and it was really fun.

Cooper Hubbard

I learned that tribal canoes are not just boats.

Sam and Cara

The first water through the filter came out black from the charcoal, but after a minute it turned clear. Mud water goes in the top and fairly clear water emerges.

Sam and Cara

 Sam and Cara are very much looking forward to taking the underwater scope to the pump station to see what they can see.

Sam and Cara

 Yurok canoes with lungs, hearts, kidneys, and a nose. Also paracord bracelets–we look forward to reviewing the video so we can tie off the ends properly!


Nyrie made a neon green paracord bracelet.

JJ Boone

We had alot of fun, JJ loves doing these projects. He loves hands on learning.

This month:

  • Ohl-we-yoch: Boats are People
  • Paracord survival bracelet
  • Underwater viewer
  • Water filtration system

Register by Feb. 19 to request a supply package containing many of the supplies needed for this event!

What’s A Virtual Family Maker Night?

For the 2020-2021 school year, all Family Maker Nights will be held via Zoom. Each one will feature one or more hosts and a variety of activities designed so that you can follow along and do them at home. Videos of the activities will also be archived so you can watch them and do the activities later if you want.

Orientation Videos

Maker Night Welcome

About Pathmakers

How to Use Zoom

Presentation Schedule

Scroll down on the page to view presentation details.

5:15 – 5:30 | Welcome to Family Maker Night

5:30 – 6:00 | Ohl-we-yoch: Boats are People

6:00 – 6:25 | Paracord Survival Bracelet

6:25 – 6:50 | Underwater Viewer

6:50 – 7:15 | Water Filtration System

Share Your Creations!

We would love to be able to share your creations with others. Please submit your photos and we’ll post them here!

How was it?

Please let us know who attended the event and how we did, and how we might be able to make it better next go-around.



5:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Presented by:

Tanya Trump, HCOE Family Maker Night Coordinator

Video Orientation

Please watch the three videos at the top of this page independently before we begin at 5:30 p.m.

  • Overview of 2020-21 Virtual Family Maker Night
  • Overview of the Pathmakers program
  • Brief Zoom Overview (for those new to Zoom)

Ohl-we-yoch: Boats are People

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Presented by:

Merry Kate Lowry, HCOE Pathmakers

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Students will learn about the redwood canoe from local Native educators and Elders.

Hands-on Activity:

Create a boat with modeling clay

Supplies Needed
  • Modeling Clay (found in supply sack)

Make a Paracord Survival Bracelet

6:00 – 6:25 p.m.

Presented by:

Brooke Sayre, Alder Grove Charter School

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Participants will learn how to create a bracelet with paracord.

Hands-on Activity:

Create a survival bracelet from an 8ft piece of paracord and a zip tie

Supplies Needed
  • 7-8ft. Length of 550lb paracord with ends burned (optional) *
  • One zip tie *
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Marker

* = found in the supply sack

Underwater Viewer

6:25 – 6:50 p.m.

Presented by:

Jessie Hobba, Sunny Brae Middle School

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Have you ever wondered what lurks just under the surface of a creek or river?  This presentation will show you how to create an underwater viewer and teach you about some of the small creatures that live in the water and how they can help you determine the quality of that water.

Hands-on Activity:

Make an underwater viewer using a plastic container.

Supplies Needed
  • Sturdy plastic water bottle or container (ex: salsa)
  • Heavy duty rubber band, to fit plastic container*
  • Duct tape (optional)
  • Plastic wrap/Cling wrap
  • Scissors or exacto knife to cut the plastic container (have an adult do this)

* = found in the supply sack

Water Filtration System

6:50 – 7:15 p.m.

Presented by:

Rachel Whitaker, Sunny Brae Middle School

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Using the everyday materials provided, students are tasked with designing the most effective water filter to remove dirt from water. The designs should filter water through at a reasonable rate while still removing discoloration and suspended particles from the water.

Hands-on Activity

Create a water filtration system using a 2 liter bottle, gravel, sand, and carbon

Supplies Needed
  • An empty 2L or similar size plastic bottle
  • ½ cup gravel (cleaned and rinsed) *
  • ½ cup sand (cleaned and rinsed)
  • ½ cup activated carbon*
  • Small piece of cloth/coffee filter

* = found in the supply sack.

Fun illustrations of robots


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