Humboldt County Office of Education: Family Maker Night | November 19, 2020

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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 • 5:15 – 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Trinidad, Scotia, and Redwood Coast Montessori schools, plus the Pathmakers Program

This Month’s Creations

Herrera Family

  • Home-made binoculars
  • Wendy, Evie, & Neva
  • Pacific Union School, Grades 3 & 5

Herrera Family

  • Light-Up Turkeys
  • Wendy, Evie, & Neva
  • Pacific Union School, Grades 3 & 5

Zeke Lee

  • Home-Made Binoculars
  • Redwood Coast Montessori, Grade 6

Centoni Family

  • Carolyn, Johnathan, and Joie
  • Light-Up Turkeys

“Joie loves her binoculars she has been checking things out with them. 🙂 Joie also really liked the lights and batteries. We loved the stars and all worked on them together.”

Jack Miller Caouette

  • Light-Up Turkeys
  • Redwood Coast Montessori, Grade TK

This month:

  • Learn about seabirds & make binoculars
  • Paper bead bracelets
  • Light up turkeys
  • Pathmakers – TEK

Register by Nov. 9 to request a supply sack 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

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)

Native Foods & River TEK

5:30 – 5:50 p.m.

Presented by:

Merry Kate Lowry, HCOE Pathmakers

Overview of the Presentation Content:

This presentation will share beautiful images of local Native foods from the ocean and rivers, traditional ecological knowledge, the Native technology/engineering, and current events from a Yurok biologist.

Hands-on Activity:

Directed drawing of salmon and sturgeon, including tribal sturgeon/back design

Supplies Needed

An assortment of art supplies

Seabird Investigation

5:50 – 6:15 p.m.

Presented by:

Rachel Dilthey and Stephanie Strasser, Trinidad School with Special Guest Leisyka Parrott, Educational Outreach for Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Craft your homemade, unique binoculars from recycled materials. Get artistic! Find and Identify birds in your backyard using your binoculars to focus on bird behavior.

Hands-on Activity:

Make binoculars

Supplies Needed
  • Two (2) Toilet Paper Rolls
  • ½ yard twine or string *
  • Piece of brown or black construction paper *
  • Glue stick *
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils, and/or stickers for decoration
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Scissors

* = found in the supply sack

Make a Light-Up Turkey

6:15 – 6:40 p.m.

Presented by:

Michelle Dobrowolski & Bryan Little, Redwood Coast Montessori

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Learn about positive and negative charges on a battery while you create a fun, holiday turkey to light up your home.  A little bit of craft, a little bit of science.

Hands-on Activity:

Build a light up turkey

Text Instructions

Supplies Needed
  • A CR-2032 Coin cell battery *
  • Five (5) 5mm or 10mm diffused LED lights *
  • Two (2) circle stickers *
  • A brown pom-pom *
  • An orange pipe cleaner *
  • Two (2) googly eyes *
  • Small piece of red & orange felt *
  • Glue (hot glue gun or Elmers glue)
  • Scissors
  • Tape (optional)

* = Found in supply sack. Pre-register by Nov. 9 to request a supply sack.

Paper Beads/
Origami Stars

6:40 – 7:00 p.m.

Presented by:

Mark McCuen, Scotia School

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Learn how to repurpose old paper into new, trendy jewelry!  We will cut paper into strips and practice folding and curling them in different ways to make paper beads.

Hands-on Activity

Make two different styles of paper beads.  Option to create a bracelet or necklace.

Supplies Needed
  • Paper (the more colorful the better)
  • Glue or Mod Podge
  • Elastic String (for bracelet) *
  • String or shoelace (for necklace)
  • Scissors

* = found in the supply sack. Pre-register by Nov. 9 to receive a supply sack.

Fun illustrations of robots


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