Humboldt County Office of Education: Family Maker Night | October 15, 2020

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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 • 5:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Pacific Union School, Toddy Thomas Excel Program, the Pathmakers Program, and Shoshanna!

Artwork of fall animals

This month:

  • Environmental Art: Fall Leaf Animals
  • Make a Speaker/Amplifier
  • Create a Kazoo
  • Pathmakers – TEK

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 | TEK – Our Special Part of the Earth

6:00 – 6:30 | Environmental Art:  Fall Leaf Animals

6:30 – 7:00 | Create a Kazoo

7:00 – 7:30 | How to Make a Speaker

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)

TEK – Our Special Part of the Earth

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Presented by:

Merry Kate Lowry, HCOE Pathmakers and Cherie Paul, Pacific Union School

Overview of the Presentation Content:

We all are a special part of the world around us.  Explore Traditional Ecological Knowledge and discover your special place through guided art.

Hands-on Activity:

Guided art project

Supplies Needed
Art supplies such as crayons, markers, paint, pencils, playdoh, scissors, glue, tape, paper etc.

Environmental Art: Fall Leaf Animals

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Presented by:


Overview of the Presentation Content:

The environment around us brings all sorts of wonder that can be used for creating works of art.  In this presentation, Shoshanna shares examples and leads participants through the creation of animals or other scenes using leaves.

Hands-on Activity:

Fall leaf animals

Supplies Needed
  • Leaves! Try to choose a nice variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Marker, crayon, or pencil

Create a Kazoo

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Presented by:

Elizabeth Simovich, Pacific Union School

Overview of the Presentation Content:

We will create and decorate a homemade kazoo.  In the process, we will talk a little about sound and experiment with how to change the instrument in various ways.

Hands-on Activity:

Make and decorate a kazoo unique to you

Watch Instructional Video | Text Instructions

Supplies Needed
  • A membrane material (example:  wax paper, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, a plastic bag . . .  Just make sure there are no holes in the piece you use.)
  • Rubber bands
  • One or more cardboard tubes (example: toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, rolls from wax paper, etc.)  It is recommended to have several of them so that you can experiment and refine your instrument.
  • Scissors
  • Optional decorations: pen, paint and paintbrush or cotton swab, markers, colored pencils, crayons, stickers, etc.

How to Make a Speaker

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by:

Elizabeth Warren, Toddy Thomas School

Overview of the Presentation Content:

Use recycled materials you can find around your house to create speakers to amplify the sound of your cell phone or other electronic device.

Hands-on Activity

Make a speaker/amplifier

Supplies Needed
  • Two cups – any size, but both should be the same size
  • One paper towel tube
  • Tape – any kind of tape such as scotch tape, masking tape, duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional decorations: pen, paint and paintbrush or cotton swab, markers, colored pencils, crayons, stickers, etc.
Fun illustrations of robots


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