Coding: Code an App
After School and Weekend Programs
Bring your imagination to life! Kids in this program will create their very own app using a coding language called Stencyl. They will learn how to engineer an app, design the look and feel, understand key game features and problem solve with others.
By coding and designing their own app, they can create different worlds, complex features and customize their own characters.
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: coding, problem solving, app design and design philosophy.
What do kids make?
Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include video games, apps, unique characters and different digital worlds.
MakerKids Experience and Skillset
Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.
Does your kid love video games or understand the basics of Scratch? In this program, kids will dive into Stencyl, a video programming platform inspired by Scratch. After learning the new abilities and complexities that Stencyl offers, kids uncover advanced coding concepts, such as multiplayer games, complex data structures, chatbots, animation and Photoshop. Kids will design their own world, build multiple levels and will be able beta test their app.
By coding and designing their own app, they can create different worlds, more complex functions and customize their own characters.
21st Century Skills
Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on apps together and play together. They will learn, both, technical and soft skills like: engineering, coding, communication, logic and game design.
Like Scratch, Stencyl uses visual coding language (block-based coding) and prepares students with the foundation for many other programming languages like Python Java, and C. They will leave with broad comprehension of logic, flow and design. Contrary to what many think about video games, this class will provide an opportunity to experiment, share and collaborate in an open-format classroom.
The MakerKids Difference
Our instructors are highly trained and come from 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.
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
I love that the kids take the lead on their projects and learn how to achieve their goals Absolutely the kind of things my kids are interested in exploring in a guided setting!
This MakerKids Graduate learned key sound, robotics and design concepts and now runs his own business fixing stereo equipment in his neighbourhood!
Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
Instructors will guide students through key coding concepts while kids try it themselves and collaborate
Kids can have their snacks, play games and explore our Inspiration Station
|5:00-5:40||Let’s get Making!
Kids will experiment and create their own project and invention from the lesson
|5:45-5:55||Show and tell
See the work the kids have created!
(starts at $16.25/hour)
- All materials for activities
- Laptops to use
- Experienced instructors
- One-on-one coaching
- Badge of completion
Save $25 when you sign up before January 9!
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.
Does my child need experience coding?
Our classes are open to new and experienced kids of all backgrounds. With our small ratio of 1 instructor for every 8 kids, our instructors will be able to work with each child’s individual needs. We go over coding fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students. It is recommended that kids have computer skills (e.g. typing).
Do we have to bring our own laptop and supplies?
We will provide all the materials needed for the program and activities, which may include laptops and any software.
What will my kid make?
Kids will learn how to code different inventions. They will be able to prototype their own video game, app and even real world objects (robotics).
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Bring what’s on the screen into the real world. Using code, students will program objects, robots and machines. Kids can learn how to make a robot play golf, race on their own and more! They will work with switches, sensors and lights.
Students are immersed in a world of creativity, innovation and real world skills. In our Innovation Camps, kids are introduced to all our three core STEM topics: Robotics, Coding and Minecraft.