Robotics After School and Weekend Programs
Do you like building things and understanding how they work? Have you ever wanted to make your own robot?
In our Robotics programs, kids will design, plan, program, and build an electronic invention while using an Arduino and learning how to code. Kids will understand how everyday objects around they work will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. An Arduino is a micro-controller, a small computer used as the brain of the robot which can be programmed to control the way buttons, motors, switches, sensors, lights, and other electronic parts interact. They are used by industry professionals and were used to prototype the Square Reader!
We have robotics after school programs and camps for year long learning.
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome
Hardware + Software
LEDs, sensors, buzzers and more
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 light shows, rovers and sound machines. Learn something awesome and make new friends!
MakerKids Experience and Skillset
Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.
Learn how to talk tech! Technology is all around us and, in our Robotics program, kids learn how to code and design their own robots. Through a hands-on experience, kids will master robotics with the use of Arduinos, a microcontroller (did you know it was used to prototype the Square Reader?). Kids will code their inventions with Ardublock.
Kids learn in an open-ended, exploratory way about how to do computer programming (AKA coding) and use electronics such as switches and sensors. These skills are highly transferable, and allow kids to learn coding in a really fun way where they get to see the results of the code that they have written right next to them in physical form (e.g. lights blinking).
Kids have made all sorts of projects with Arduino at MakerKids! Some prime examples are a nightlight (where an LED light turns on when it gets dark), digital music with a buzzer (you could program it to sing Happy Birthday, for example), and more. They will be able to use these skills to make new projects in the future with their Arduino.
21st Century Skills
Students work in teams to solve problems as well as create their own designs and inventions. Combining on- and off-screen work, Robotics will advance skills in communication, leadership, design and critical thinking.
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.
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 robotics functions 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
- Kids may take home their digital projects
- Badge of completion
Love Robotics? Check out all our Robotics programs!
NEW program! If your child has taken a MakerKids Robotics Program before and would like to develop their own self-directed projects, join Advanced Robotics. Building off of core programming and electrical concepts established in our primary Robotics classes, students will have the opportunity create their own robotics projects, while learning new components and more complex programming.
Students in our kids robotics program will have a hands-on experience creating their own dynamic robots with sound. Students will play with bells, buzzers, speakers and mics to generate and modify sound and electric waves. They can create something as simple as a doorbell or morse code over a telephone wire to sounds of a full orchestra.
*Term has begun. Email us (email@example.com) if you would still like to join!
Ready to get moving? Students in our kids robotics program will have a hands-on experience creating their own dynamic robots with movement. Kids can create cars, moving secret doors, timed lockboxes and more.
Sign up for Spring term is available. Program starts in April!Learn more
Programs are 10 weeks
Save $25 when you sign up now! Early bird pricing for Robotics: Make Sound, beginning January 23, available.
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 or with Arduinos?
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 robotics fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students.
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 create robotic inventions using sound. Kids are in charge of their own projects, from start to finish, and can design their own creations. Some past robotics projections include: cat alarms, voice records and sound machines that can play a multitude of notes! There are no physical take-aways in the program, as materials are reused and re-purposed for future students. Kids will leave with a comprehensive understanding of robotics, design and electronics and the actual code used to program the Arduinos.