Humboldt County Office of Education: Family Maker Night | January 21, 2021

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Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 • 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Hosted by Washington Elementary School and the Pathmakers Program

This month:

  • Catapult Construction
  • Ping Pong Launcher
  • “Rapunzel” Engineering Challenge
  • Pathmakers – Keehl esse Chue’-cheesh shadow play
Register by Jan. 15 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 | The Redwood Tree: Protector of the Yurok People

6:00 – 6:25 | Catapult Construction & Launch Challenge

6:25 – 6:50 | Ping Pong Launcher

6:50 – 7:15 | Rapunzel Engineering Challenge

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)

The Redwood Tree: Protector of the Yurok People

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Presented by:

Merry Kate Lowry, HCOE Pathmakers

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is also found in ancient stories.  Tribal worldview includes a storied landscape that has existed since time immemorial.  The traditional story of the Keehl (Redwood) and the Chue’-cheesh (Bird) will be shared through home-made shadow play, infusing Yurok language.

Hands-on Activity:

Dreate Shadow play puppet of Redwood and the Bird

Supplies Needed
  • Art Supplies,
  • Scissors,
  • Glue,
  • Tape,
  • A few good sticks,
  • Thin cardboard (like cereal boxes/cracker boxes),
  • Bread ties

Catapult Construction & Launch Challenge

6:00 – 6:25 p.m.

Presented by:

SeanPaul Berube and Stacey Wong

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Learn about the history and engineering of the catapult.  Participants will be led through construction using simple objects and then practice launching a lightweight object with their creation.

Hands-on Activity:

Launch an object with your constructed catapult

Supplies Needed
  • Pom-poms * OR Mini-marshmallows
  • 10 popsicle sticks *
  • 6 rubber bands *
  • Plastic spoon *

* = found in the supply sack

Ping Pong Launcher

6:25 – 6:50 p.m.

Presented by:

Betsy Rains and Molly Schrum

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Create a different type of launcher with alternative materials.  How does the outcome change with different materials & objects

Hands-on Activity:

Make a launcher for a ping pong and see how far it will go.

Supplies Needed
  • An empty plastic bottle.  We used the small 12 oz. sized Gatorade bottles.
  • Ping Pong ball *
  • Scissors
  • String *
  • Rubber bands * – two per toy
  • A large bead *
  • A nail – for punching a hole in the lid of the bottle.

* = found in the supply sack

Rapunzel Engineering Challenge

6:50 – 7:15 p.m.

Presented by:

Crystal Brower and Teri Silvers

Overview of the Presentation Content:

This will challenge the participant to create a solution to the problem of getting an object safely down to the ground from a height.

Hands-on Activity

Create an invention to get Rapunzel safely out of the tower.

Supplies Needed
  • Tape
  • String *
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • One lego or an item to serve as Rapunzel

* = found in the supply sack.

Fun illustrations of robots


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