Meet the Makers

Lighthouse high school students met up at the Lawrence Hall of Science this morning to show off their projects to the public in preparation for the Maker Faire next weekend. Just like most other makers, our students are currently scrambling to put the finishing touches on their projects.


Francisca soldering LEDs for her scarf


Jennifer adding leads to 126 LEDs









The event gave them a chance to get some much needed work done.


Jesse explaining his solar charger

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Alix explaining her LED dress









Explain their work to others – in preparation for the masses of people at the Maker Faire.

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David working on his bench

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David riding the Drift Cycle








And spend some quality time outdoors.

About Aaron Vanderwerff

Aaron Vanderwerff is passionate about engaging students in making and independent inquiry in the classroom, particularly students underrepresented in STEM fields. Vanderwerff currently oversees design and making programs at Lighthouse, which includes coaching teachers and facilitating professional development. This effort came out of his making class, which culminates in students exhibiting their independent projects at the Maker Faire. Vanderwerff has taught high school science in the Bay Area for the past ten years. Before joining Lighthouse, he taught ninth-grade physics and was science department chair at San Lorenzo High School, and taught math in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso.