#1 STEM Programs for Kids

Empowering children to be creators, not just consumers. Register today!

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About Us:

MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. We teach STEM topics such as Coding, Robotics and Minecraft to kids through Camps, After-School & Weekend Programs, and Birthday Parties. Our programs empower children to be creators, not just consumers. Space in our programs is limited, so register ASAP to avoid disappointment.

 

Our Story: 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 info@makerkids.com 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. 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.

 

Franchising: Your dream job awaits. You’ve learned about the power of MakerKids. Now it’s your turn to inspire others. MakerKids Franchise Program is a proven education and business model designed to empower kids, inspire the community and teach leading edge STEM programs. To learn more about our franchise opportunity, click here.

WHO’S TALKING:

“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'”

Parent 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

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

SCHEDULE:

Summer Camps:

Our last MakerKids Sampler summer camp is Aug. 29-Sept 2!
Our camps run Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3:30pm. Learn something new, make something awesome and make new friends! What better way to spend summer?

After-School and Weekend Programs:

Save $75 by registering for all 3 terms. Our after school and weekend programs begin Sept. 19. Each program is 10-weeks long for in-depth learning. Classes happen every week for 2 hours. School pick-up is available for select schools.

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Birthday Parties:

We were named one of the top 10 awesome birthday party places in Toronto by Today’s Parent. Have your next birthday at MakerKids for a fun and educational experience. Birthday parties can range from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

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WHO WE ARE

Jenn Turliuk

Jenn Turliuk

CEO

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 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.
Thomas Sharpe

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!
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.

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LOCATION

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 info@makerkids.com to arrange a program at your school.

MakerKids - 2451 Bloor St. West