After School and Weekend Programs
Learn different coding languages at MakerKids! Kids can learn how to code with Scratch, Stencyl, Caterpillar and Ardublock! Code your own video game, apps and objects. Our coding programs are interdisciplinary. Programs also involve design, logic, math, computer skills, teamwork and creativity.
Spring term starts April 25!
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, game design and design philosophy.
What do kids make?
Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include video games, apps and real world objects.
MakerKids Experience and Skillset
Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.
Through coding and learning how to talk with technology, kids will learn how different apps and real world objects work. Kids will develop their own video game, app or even real world objects. Students have their hands in front of the wheel, as they will invent their concept and execute their project, from start to finish.
21st Century Skills
Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on games together and play together. They will learn, both, technical and soft skills like engineering, coding, communication, logic and game design.
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
|4:10-4:50||Coding Discovery |
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
Register for a Coding Program!
Coding: Real World Objects - Spring Term - April 25
Ready to level up? Learn practical coding skills used in the real world by professionals! Our coding program will introduce kids how to communicate with technology, how computers work and how to harness the power of digital technology. By discovering the inner workings of computers, students will understand how applications and programs communicate with each other while learning logic and design. Kids can create their own chat bots, websites, animations and more.
By the end of the program, kids will make an amazing invention of their own, which they will be able to share, beta-test and launch. Join us for this collaborative program and learn to make something positive in the digital world! The technical and 21st-century skills developed are transferable to many disciplines and are used by professional coders. Students will work with a coding language that lays between Scratch and Arduino. It takes block-based coding into the real world.
As an open-ended, exploratory program, kids are encouraged to push their boundaries and invent something awesome. The iterative design process is introduced, and kids face problems and challenges where there is no right solution but lots of possibly successful approaches. Kids, from beginning to end, will design their own creation, prototype it and improve on it further.
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. By coding real world objects, students will be able to see the results of their work, receive continuous feedback that will help them grow and develop transferable skills.
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 include laptops and any software. No need to bring your computers! Feel free to bring nut free snacks and water.
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).
All MakerKids STEM Programs