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About MakerKids:

MakerKids develops maker learning programs for kids and adults, and runs one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world. Our Board of Advisors includes Dale Dougherty (CEO of Maker Media, MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire) and Massimo Banzi (CEO of Arduino).

We provide amazing interest-driven STEM programs to help kids and educators move from being consumers to creators. Our three mainofferings are currently: 1) Weekly programs, 2) Camps, and 3) Birthday parties – kids can learn about and do Robotic Inventions using Arduino, Videogame Programming using Scratch, Minecraft, Electronics, and 3D Printing.

In the past we have done Content and Curriculum Development for clients like Intel and 3D Systems, and Professional Development services for clients such as the Toronto Public Library. We’ve been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more.

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Testimonials:

My son and I both feel grateful for having found MakerKids. There isn’t anything that compares in the GTA.The teaching staff are extremely professional and engaging with all the kids. My son really feels comfortable to ask all kinds of questions and acts like himself. Great space and positive energy. I highly recommend Makerkids to parents of tech savvy kids.

Heather

A most excellent program and apparently unique in the world so far. My nine year old son had a blast, is recommending it to all his friends and would have set up camp there permanently if I let him! Higher praise has no nine year old believe me! And a strong focus on woman role models makes this a natural for girls interested in STEM too. I highly recommend it.

Susan

Kids come in here not knowing what they can do and they leave with a phenomenal amount of self-confidence, and capability

Rod

My boys flourish here and look forward to it every week. They show social skills improvement and more confidence since coming to MakerKids and finding their “tribe.” Happy children make me a happy and grateful mom. Thanks MakerKids for creating programs for my quirky, “outside the box thinking” boys.

Tammy

Register for Programs:

Space in our programs is limited, so register ASAP to avoid disappointment. We have moved to an amazing new space in Bloor West Village (2451 Bloor St W, Toronto). Learn more about our new space. We are also happy to discuss options in your area.

Curious about what happens in our programs? Check out these spotlight blog posts on Robotics Inventions using Arduino, Minecraft, Video Game Programming using Scratch, and Electronics and Remote Control Robotics. Still not sure? We hold Trial Sessions each week – sign up now.

Spring 2016 10-Week Programs:

These programs run from April to June.

  • Mondays:
    4:30–6:30PM Advanced Minecraft [Book]
  • Wednesdays:
    4:30–6:30PM : Video Game Programming with Scratch [Book]
  • Thursdays:
    4-6PM: Robotics Inventions with Arduino [Book] 6:30-8PM: Electronics and Remote Control Robotics [Book]
  • Saturdays:
    10AM-12PM —  Robotics Inventions using Arduino [Book] 2:30-4:30PM —  Advanced Minecraft [Book]
  • Sundays:
    10AM-12PM —  Robotics Inventions using Arduino [Book]

Summer Camps:

Click here for our summer camp schedule.

Trial Sessions: 

  • Trial Sessions happen on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30PM and Sundays from 1-3PM. We run these so you can test out our topics and see if you want to register for a 10-week program. Registration for these can be found here.

Birthday Parties:

  • 3D printing, Minecraft, Toy Hacking, Robotics, and more. Birthday parties are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Subject to instructor availability, we can also run parties during the day on Saturday and Sunday. [Book] [Learn more]

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School Programs:

We run after-school programs for schools throughout the GTA. Email info@makerkids.com to arrange a custom program.

Discounts:

Please note that you can only use one discount code per purchase. Also, discount codes must be used at the time of purchase and cannot be applied retroactively.

  • Sibling: Use “SIBLING” to get 5% off entry when registering multiple siblings.
  • Referral: If you refer a friend to sign up for one of our programs, you can both use the discount code “BRINGAFRIEND” when registering to get 5% off. If you refer multiple friends, you can keep getting an additional 5% off for each friend you refer – just email us. If you refer enough people, your child can attend for free! And don’t forget about our sibling discount [Book]
  • Birthday: If you create an account with us on our registration system and enter your birthday, you will receive a special birthday discount by email

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Who We Are:

Jennifer Turliuk

Jennifer Turliuk

CEO

Jennifer studied exponential technologies in the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program at NASA. Her work has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, and more, and she has keynoted MakerCon Norway and spoken at MakerCon New York and Maker Faire Bay Area. Jenn loves to dance and kiteboard in her spare time

Graham Steele

Graham Steele

Instructor

Graham has been an instructor for many years, teaching kids at ScienceQuest at Queen’s University, City of Toronto science summer camps, and more.

Matthew Seferian

Matthew Seferian

Instructor

Matthew is in high school at Ursula Franklin Academy. He loves playing with computers and programming, Minecraft, 3D designing, taking things apart and building new things. Matthew is currently working on an Arduino powered wireless RC amphibious vehicle using a toy that he had taken apart.

Thomas Sharpe

Instructor

Thomas is an experienced educator with three years of instruction under his belt and even more years at summer camps and programs. He spends a lot of his time designing and playing games that are on the laptop, table-top and even outdoors! When you see him in the makerspace, feel free sing him a song or ask him about the “safety dance”!

In his spare time, Thomas loves playing Minecraft and board/video games, singing in bands, performing in plays, building structures and developing games for his friends.

You? We're Hiring

MakerKids is hiring! Check out our job postings for our Instructor and Leader and Marketing & Customer Happiness Officer positions.

Mentors

MakerKids has a great number of mentors and volunteers who help maintain our excellent instructor:child ratio – usually 1:5 or better. They are makers with experience working with kids.

Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisors includes Massimo Banzi (CEO of Arduino), Dale Dougherty (CEO of Maker Media; MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire), and Christine Gauthier (former VP of Sales at HP Canada)

Kidvisory Board & Parentvisory Board

We have a Kidvisory Board (a kid Advisory Board) made up of three kids, and a Parentvisory Board that includes their parents.

Support Us:

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form. If you are interested in supporting us in another way, please email us at info@makerkids.com. Check out some of our awesome existing partners and supporters:

Gallery:

Also check out some Vine videos of kids’ projects.

Contact Us

We Have Moved

We have moved to an amazing new space in Bloor West Village (2451 Bloor St W, Toronto – at Jane and Bloor, just south of Jane subway station). We are a nut-free location – please do not bring nuts to our space. Learn more about our new space

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