Robotics for Kids Programs Toronto
Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Robotics: Make it Light Up

After School and Weekend Program

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

In our Robotics: Make it Light up program, kids will design, plan, program, and build an electronic invention while using an Arduino, a micro-controller, and learning how to code. Kids will understand how everyday objects around they work will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. Past projects include: light shows, light alarms and night lights. 

Program Details

Program Info

Ages 8-12
2 hours/week
10 weeks
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome

Hardware + Software

Arduino
Ardublock
Breadboards
LEDs, sensors, 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, alarms and night lights. 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

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 will work with LEDs, dimming LEDs, motion sensors, light sensors, neopixel (full colour LEDs). Projects include creating a parent alarm, environmental nightlight and light shows.

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 it Light Up 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

A MakerKids graduate created a working model of hydrokinetic and tidal energy. (11 years old)

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Sample Class

4:00-4:10
Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
4:10-4:50 Robotics Discovery
Instructors will guide students through key robotics functions while kids try it themselves and collaborate
4:50-5:00 Break
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
5:40-5:45 Clean up
5:45-5:55 Show and tell
See the work the kids have created!

Tuition Includes

  • All materials for activities
  • Laptops to use
  • Experienced instructors
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Kids may take home their digital projects
  • Badge of completion

Robotics: Make it Light Up program is currently not available

Programs are 10 weeks

Ages 8-12

Save $25 when you sign up now! Early bird pricing for Robotics: Make Sound and Make it Move , beginning January 23, available.

Why Choose MakerKids?

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

21st Century Skills

Our kids STEM programs teaches and encourages 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. Kids may bring their own laptops.

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 After School 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.

Starts this Winter!

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 micro-controller. Kids can create cars, moving secret doors, timed lockboxes and more.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

4-Day Innovation 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.

All MakerKids STEM Programs

(Starts at $16.25/hour)

Fall Term:

Make it Light Up

Winter Term:


Make Sound

Spring Term:


Make it Move

Fall Term:

Code a Video Game

Winter Term:


Code an App

Kids After School Programs