The Maker Showcase is slated for its launch at the Tehama County Fair on September 24-27, 2015. Kids of all ages are welcome to come down and participant in some of the fun challenges, or watch a demonstration of something fun!
In addition to the fun workshops, come witness the Maker Breaker, a high school competition where students are given boxes of materials and asked to perform a challenge within 30 minutes. It should be quite fun as students scramble to build something with strange components like toothpicks and gumdrops!
“Follow designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible.”
The Tehama County Arts Council presents the acclaimed movie “If You Build It” at the State Theater in Red Bluff on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015. Doors open at 5:30pm and the movie starts at 6:00pm. The movie is free.
The event kicks off the Makers Summer, a program designed to keep kids engaged over the Summer. After the movie, stop by the various booths set up to show kids what they can do over the Summer. The Tehama County Summer Activities Guide will be handed out and the Maker Space will showcase some of the fun things kids can create. The Tehama Wilderness Team offers free backpacking trips to Lassen Volcanic National Park and they accepting applications.
The Tehama County Fairgrounds has provided the Maker Summer with an entire building at the County Fair in September to showcase all the projects students create over the Summer.
Scott Chandler has an eye for design. As a marketing manager at Rolling Hills Casino, he’s always thinking of the best way to attract people to his employer.
Through his work at Rolling Hills, Scott has been part of Expect More Tehama since the beginning. “Being involved with Expect More, I started looking for ways to interact with students,” he says.
The perfect situation presented itself when he noticed a framed print of last year’s winning poster for the Corning Wine, Food and Art Festival while walking the hall at his office. It was a remarkable student effort and was indeed a winner. He wondered if a few lessons in the elements of effective design would help the high school students who enter the poster design contest develop even better work.
He called Corning High School and found teacher Christine Lee, who was delighted to weave Scott into the lesson plans of her design class. “With a simple phone call we started this process that ended up a huge wave of satisfaction for all of us,” he says.
Scott and Christine developed a schedule that allowed Scott to visit the classroom and teach from his experiences in the world of design and marketing.
He started with the basics. “They got a good look at what good and bad design really look like,” he said. “The goal of good design is to sell something– a service or a product or an idea. The goal is not art.”
With this in mind, he worked with Christine to guide the students through development of 2012 Corning Wine, Food and Art show posters. Making multiple return visits to the classroom, he offered critiques and small presentations to help the students relate to this real-world opportunity. When the projects were finalized, he taught students how to present them professionally for judging.
The Corning Rotarians who sponsor the show and judged the entries were impressed by the quality of the student work. There was a tie for first place. The team effort of students Oscar Avila and Jorge Bobadilla was chosen as the ultimate winner. Their design will be reproduced and used on all marketing materials for the event.
“This whole thing started because of Expect More Tehama. I saw all these people doing things and I wanted to get involved. This particular project makes it personal for me,” says Scott.
While the 2012 poster project has come to an end, the collaboration with the classroom has not. Rolling Hills has purchased a year’s subscription to Communication Arts magazine, an industry standard, to keep the students updated on the field. Cooperation between Corning High and Rolling Hills is also helping the classroom upgrade their design software to Illustrator. Christine Lee plans to take design courses over the summer to refresh her own skills.
“I hope to expand my involvement,” says Scott. “I am so grateful to find something that applies my experience to the next generation. It feels good.”
Expect More Tehama encourages more people to take Scott’s lead by finding meaningful ways to extend their personal experiences and passions to the educational experience of young people.
The Tehama County Library is a gathering place, a learning place, a place to enjoy the printed word and on October 15th it is a place to expect more reading! The Tehama County Library is hosting the celebration of the Expect More Tehama Read and Reap Harvest Challenge.
The reading challenge originated at one of many brainstorming meals that have taken place at the Tremont Café. How can we challenge ourselves to Expect More through reading? How can we capitalize on local resources to make this experience more meaningful? These are typical questions pondered by community members striving to Expect More from Tehama County. For two Tremont Café goers in August, the answer was simple. Host a reading challenge for parents and children, celebrate the reading rewards at the semi-annual Tehama county book sale and top it off with pumpkins from local growers for parents and children who complete the challenge.
The celebration for the Read and Reap reading challenge has grown to represent all the amazing opportunities reading can afford our children and families. Through reading we obtain connections to our community, understanding of local events and resources and often share experiences with others we may not otherwise have. The essence of Expect More Tehama is built upon the idea that these connections to and within our community can serve to raise the bar for our students.
In true Expect More fashion, the partnership list for this event is extensive to say the least. The celebration is hosted by the Tehama County Library and the semi-annual book sale will be held by the Friends of the Library. The reading challenge is a partnership between the Backpack Project, SERRF, Expect More Tehama, the Tehama County Libraries and the Community Action Agency. Local opportunities and information about reading will be brought to you by the Tehama County Reading Council, Expect More Tehama, Girls Inc of Northern Sacramento Valley, Sacred Heart School and SERRF. Finally, the reading harvest raffle prizes are a symbol of the many local resources we have in our wonderful community.
So please join us October 15th from 9-11 at the Tehama County Library in Red Bluff where together we can continue to expect more and celebrate the local reading successes of our community. For more information regarding the Read and Reap celebration email Heidi Mendenhall at email@example.com. For more information regarding the book sale call the Tehama County Library (530) 527-0604.
(Heidi Mendenhall is the California Preschool Instructional Network Region 2 Special Education Lead)
Read 100 minutes a week and receive a free pumpkin and other harvest goodies!
- Read 100 minutes a week!
- That’s 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week!
- Read to your child
- Read by yourself
- Just read!
Print out the challenge bookmark and mark your time…. Then join us at the Tehama Country Library in Red Bluff on October 15th for the Harvest Pumpkin and Book Faire!
All participants who turn in their challenge book marker will receive a free pumpkin!
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