Robotics for Kids Programs Toronto

Robotics Camps

Do you like building things and understanding how they work? Have you ever wanted to make your own robot?

Design the world around you! In our Robotics camp, kids will design, plan, program, and build an electronic invention while using an Arduino and learning how to code. Kids will better understand how everyday objects around them work and will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. An Arduino is a microcontroller, 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!

2 Summer camp locations! Join us at:
  • Our flagship location in Bloor West Village (2451 Bloor St. West)
  • York School Summerhill Location (1639 Yonge St)

Program Details

Program Info

Ages 8-12
4-5 days
9am-3:30pm
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome

Hardware + Software

Arduino
Ardublock
Breadboards
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.

Project-Based Learning

In this innovative camp, kids will learn how to program lights, sounds and movement. With key design and robotics skills explored, there’s no telling what kids could make!

Light, motion, and sound classes act as an intro to new wiring techniques/programming structure and scientific principles behind them (e.g. electromagnetism converting electricity into motion). During free build, kids will experiment and create a whacky instrument (e.g. first day may entail coding a song, then on the second day kids can add lights and moving parts).

Light
Kids will experiment with LED, dimming LEDs, motion sensors, and light sensors. Projects include creating a cat alarm, environmental nightlight and light shows.

Sound
Students will make music with bells, buzzers, speakers and mics through generating 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.

Motion
Let’s get moving! Kids will mobilize their invention and create amazing projects like cars, moving secret doors, timed lockboxes and more. Kids will work with other kids to design and test their robots. 

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: Make Sound will advance skills in communication, leadership, design and critical thinking.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto
Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

The MakerKids Difference

Great Instructors

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

Parent

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!

Parent

This MakerKids Graduate learned key sound, robotics and design concepts and now runs his own business fixing stereo equipment in his neighbourhood!

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Sample Day

9:00-9:15
Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
9:15-11:00 Robotics Discovery
Instructors will guide students through key robotics functions while kids try it themselves and collaborate
11:00-11:10 Break
Kids can have their snacks, play games and explore our Inspiration Station
11:10-12:00 Hands-on with Arduinos
Kids will begin putting together their Arduinos
12:00-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:45 Park
We bring kids to a neighbouring park to play games
12:45-1:40 Arduino continuation
Kids will start coding their robots and develop unique functions
1:40-1:50 Break
1:50-3:20 Testing and Improvement
Kids will test out their inventions and improve on them through an iterative design process
3:20-3:30 Show and Tell and Clean Up
See the work the kids have created!

Tuition Includes

(starts at $15.38/hour)

  • All materials for activities
  • Laptops to use
  • Experienced instructors
  • One-on-one coaching

Our camp runs from 9am to 3:30pm. Before and after care is available. Before care (8-9am) and after care (3:30-6pm) is available at MakerKids.

After care for York School is available offsite at Unicorn Day Care located at 454 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON  M4V 2J1. It is $50/week 4pm-6pm and separate registration will need to be filled at http://www.unicorndaycare.com. Payment to be completed by Unicorn Daycare as well. We will walk kids over to Unicorn for After Care where they will be picked up at 6pm. PLEASE INDICATE IN REGISTRATION THAT KIDS WILL NEED TO BE WALKED OVER FOR AFTER CARE.

Breaks, games and park time is also included for kids to exercise their imagination, have fun and strengthen team building.

Ages 8-12.

Register for a Robotics Summer Camp!

Robotics Camps

July 10-14, 2017 – Bloor West

Robotics Camp

July 31-August 4, 2017 – Bloor West

Robotics Camps

July 17-21, 2017 – Summerhill York School

Robotics Camp

August 14-18, 2017 – Summerhill York School

MakerKids Bloor West Camp Schedule

2451 Bloor St. West (Bloor and Jane)

July 4-7 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
July 10-14 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
July 17-21 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
July 24-28 Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp
July 31-August 4 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
August 8-11 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
Aug. 14-18 Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp
Aug. 21-25 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
Aug. 28-Sept. 1 5-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)

MakerKids Summerhill Camp Schedule

NEW LOCATION: York School
1639 Yonge St (St. Clair Station)

July 4-7 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
July 10-14 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
July 17-21 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
July 24-28 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
July 31-August 4 Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp
August 8-11 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
Aug. 14-18 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp

Programs are 10 weeks

Ages 8-12

Why Choose MakerKids?

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

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.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Advanced Curriculum

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.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Real Results

MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Experience

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.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

FAQs

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 may include laptops, Arduinos, mics, wires and more. 

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.

Love Robotics? Check out our other Robotics programs!

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Robotics: Make Sound Weekend Program

Kids will design, plan, program, and build an electronic invention while using an Arduino and learning how to code. They can create something as simple as a doorbell or morse code over a telephone wire to sounds of a full orchestra.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Robotics: Make it Move After School Program

Ready to get moving? Students in our kids’ robotics program will have a hands-on experience creating their own dynamic robots with movement. The program involves extensive work in Arduino, a microcontroller. Kids can create cars, moving secret doors, timed lockboxes and more.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

4-Day Innovation Sampler Camp

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.