Why Choose MakerKids?
21st Century Skills
Our kids STEM programs teach and encourage a wide variety of skills. Soft skills: A) confidence, B) social skills, and C) engagement. Technical skills: A) coding, B) design, and C) electronics.
We’ve developed curriculum for Intel and trained staff from the Toronto Public Library and various school boards. Programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers.
MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.
MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. We run programs at schools throughout the GTA, such as Toronto French School, Kingsway College, and more.
The MakerKids Difference
Our instructors are highly trained and come for various backgrounds, including engineering, theatre, music and design. They have worked at City of Toronto, P&G and YMCA. CEO, Jenn Turliuk, attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University.
Leading Edge Technology
We use leading edge technology used by industry professionals. We use Arduinos, which was used to prototype the Square Reader, in our robotics programs. Kids will work with real coding languages, wires, LEDs and more to create their robotic inventions.
Space to Experiment
Our makerspace is a safe space for kids to experiment. Our instructors are first aid trained and have police checks. We have students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We are capable of working with kids with different learning abilities. Kids work in groups, design on and offscreen and have time for games/park.
Our Team and Instructors
Jennifer attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University. Her career highlights include doing marketing and PR for the Matterform 3D Scanner crowdfunding campaign (which raised over $471K), helping build a 3D printer for a music video and launching an SMS-based disaster relief project during Hurricane Sandy.
Graham has been an instructor for many years, teaching kids at ScienceQuest at Queen’s University, City of Toronto science summer camps, and more.
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!
All MakerKids STEM Programs
(Starts at $16.25/hour)
Join a Program All Year Round
What happens at MakerKids
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome
Hardware + Software
What will kids learn?
At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including: robotics, design, engineering, coding, problem solving and leadership.
What do kids make?
Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include alarm clocks, Minecraft contraptions, video games, servers, apps and more. Learn something awesome and make new friends!
At age 12, our CEO Jennifer Turliuk coded a website that got hundreds of thousands of views. Later on in her career, she was selected from thousands for the prestigious Singularity University program based at NASA, where she learned about exponential technologies such as robotics and 3D printing and how to apply them to education. Jennifer wanted to provide empowering experiences to children in order to set them up for a better life. Graduates of our programs have gone on to start their own businesses, present their projects on national TV, and build Minecraft servers for their classmates to enjoy.
Our Background: We’ve had thousands of kids participate in our programs at our location, and tens of thousands at offsite events. We run programs at schools throughout the GTA, such as Toronto French School, Kingsway College, and more. We’ve developed curriculum for Intel and trained staff from the Toronto Public Library and various school boards. MakerKids has been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail. We’ve been invited to speak at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more. Our Board of Advisors includes Massimo Banzi (the CEO of Arduino). We also run custom activities for events, conferences, schools, libraries, and other groups – email firstname.lastname@example.org for our Program Catalogue and other options.
Our Approach: Following with the principles of the maker movement, we empower children to learn to make their ideas reality. We use real platforms – in our Robotics program we use Arduino, a microcontroller that was used to prototype the Pebble smartwatch and Square credit card reader. One child made a projects that turns on the electronic water heater at his cottage from afar, so it is nice and warm by the time he and his family arrive. If a child asks if we can do something in their project for them, we instead teach them how to do it themselves. From video games to servers, kids get to make awesome things that they can be proud of – and they learn transferable skills that will help them throughout their lives (technical and soft skills). Parents have reported improved confidence, social skills, engagement at school, etc. MakerKids is a place where kids can feel at home and for them to shine.
“Best Children’s Workshops”
1 of the Top 10 Awesome Birthday Party Places in Toronto
“Makerspace lets kids play to encourage creativity and confidence”
“MakerKids is teaching Toronto children to ‘design the future'”
Hear from Parents
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.
Kids come in here not knowing what they can do and they leave with a phenomenal amount of self-confidence, and capability
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.
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We have an amazing 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. We also do programs at schools – contact email@example.com to arrange a program at your school.