What do Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have in common in their educational backgrounds?
No, they didn’t all go to Ivy League universities – but they all went to technology summer camps or after-school programs.
MakerKids runs award-winning kids summer camps, after-school programs and parties on Robotics, Coding and Minecraft. But what we’re really all about is helping kids develop the skills and confidence to become innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
Graduates of our programs have started their own businesses, presented their projects on national TV, and been featured in magazines. What will your child create?
#1 STEM Programs for Kids
Give Your Child the Skills of the Future
Your child will learn the skills and mindsets needed to change the world.
MakerKids specializes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs with highly trained instructors. We run camps, after-school programs, private classes and more.
STEM jobs are in demand and an increasing number of careers look for STEM skills. Studies show that kids decide between ages 7-12 whether they will consider STEM as a career option.
The key is having positive exposure to STEM. Maybe it’s time your child got excited about STEM with us?
1 hour (Grades 1-2) or 2 hour (Grades 3-5 or 6-8) session once a week (4 sessions a month).
Pick a timeslot and come for it each week.
New Mini Makers (Grades 1-2) must take a trial class before starting a weekly program. New Makers (Grades 3-5 or 6-8) are welcome to take a trial class before starting a weekly program.
Three Age Groups
Grades 1-2: Kids experience new activities each week.
Grades 3-5 and 6-8: Kids progress through exercises on our curriculum platform at their own pace and achieve badges and levels along the way.
1:8 Maker-Mentor to Student ratio, or better. All instructors are police-checked, first-aid trained, triple-reference checked, and highly trained.
Join our Kids After-School Programs:
Robotics, Coding or Minecraft Programs
Robotics, Coding or Minecraft Programs
Your child will learn the foundations of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), while building key social and change-making skills. Kids will create their own inventions in our weekly programs. Classes are 1 hour (Grades 1-2) or 2 hour (Grades 3-5 or 6-8) sessions once a week (4 sessions a month), after school or on the weekends. Sign up for the weekly timeslot of your choice and pay on a monthly basis.
Skills Learned: Resilience, Confidence, Internet Safety, Logic, Game Design, Beta-Testing
Coding is an important language to learn. With the demand for STEM workers continuing to increase, learning coding from an early age is a sure way to gain an advantage in today’s competitive career world. Kids code games, websites and more. They learn how computers work, exercise creativity by coming up with ideas for how their project will look and feel, and build resilience and perseverance when trouble-shooting their code.
Kids will learn everything they need to know to code their very own game: character development, storyboarding, animation, environment and level design, beta testing and, of course, coding.
Skills Learned: Self-Confidence, Creativity, Teamwork, Coding, Electronics, Math, Reading, Writing, Design
Design the world around you! In our Robotics programs, kids will design, plan, program, and build electronic inventions while using a robotics microcontroller 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.
The microcontrollers we use are used by industry professionals. The Arduino was used to prototype the Square credit card reader!
Kids make electronic creations that they previously could have only dreamed of. Make lights light up, motors spin, and code a ‘robot brain’ to make something awesome. Kids get to see the results of their code right before their eyes. They realize that they can make things that others can use. Past projects: nightlights, motion-activated alarms, rovers, and more. Kids exercise creativity by developing project ideas, learn to design projects for specific user needs, and give and receive feedback on their designs
Skills Learned: Social Skills, Patience, Communication, Teamwork, Problem-Solving, Coding, 3D Design
In our Minecraft programs, kids learn how to make Minecraft even more awesome, how computers and servers work, and core computer programming concepts while collaborating with kids equally excited about Minecraft.
We use the incredibly popular game Minecraft (now a mandatory school subject in Finland) as a medium to help kids build transferable skills such as coding, electronics, 3D design, servers, and more. We leverage kids’ interest in Minecraft as a gateway to introduce them to other STEM topics such as Robotics and Coding. Minecraft is also a great medium for teaching positive netizen skills and communication skills. Kids build amazing digital creations.
Mini MakerKids Programs
Welcome mini MakerKids! This program is designed for little ones who like to think big. Kids will learn how to create and make using various platforms and gadgets. Kids will be exposed to both technical and 21st-century skills, like creativity and confidence. Based on STEM education, kids will build a strong foundation for out-of-the-box thinking, coding and how computers work. Using logic and design, kids will make something amazing and out of this world.
Kids will learn how to use key technology, like computers and pre-built robotics. Kids will touch on all our three core topics: coding, robotics and Minecraft. Key skills kids will learn include: design, the design process, game design, problem-solving and planning. Kids will create, experiment, adjust and retry. The fundamentals of electricity, energy, and programming (how computers think) will be covered in fun ways that kids get to see in action!
Mini MakerKids introduces kids in grades 1 and 2 to our core technology topics: Coding, Robotics, and Minecraft. At our Mini MakerKids programs, your child gets to work on a variety of projects small groups. They will design their own video game, create robotic inventions, explore the 3D design world of Minecraft, and do design and experimentation. Each class your child will build on the skills they learned the week before, coming out of programs with transferable technical skills and social skills.
The weekly cross-discipline exposure puts a focus on valuable skills and coming back to now familiar platforms each day allows kids to see real progress as their abilities grow.
Skills Learned: Social Skills, Confidence, Design, Problem-solving, Game Design, Electronics and Planning
Reserve your child’s spot in our leading-edge programs
1. Check out our calendar for classes and enroll in the weekly timeslot you want.
2. This will prompt you to add a plan to your cart (minimum 3-month commitment)
3. To add your child or children, create an account. In your profile, scroll down on the right and you can add dependents.
Space is limited. Sign up for a program today to reserve your child’s spot!
Set Your Child Up For Success with MakerKids
STEM jobs are in demand. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Sergey Brin were all in technology camps or programs as kids. MakerKids is fun, educational and safe.
Serena (12 years old) participated in MakerKids’ Robotics program. She used wearable technology to create a hat that lights up. She published a guide about it in OWL Magazine. Imagine what she could be when she grows up.
Hear what people have to say about MakerKids
“I think that MakerKids is doing some outstanding things for kids. Let’s get more kids into making.”
“MakerKids is a cool place where it’s cool to be smart.”
“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.”
“Kids come in here not knowing what they can do and they leave with a phenomenal amount of self-confidence and capability.”
Accreditations, Awards & Recognitions
Check out some of MakerKids’ recent awards!
Check out some of MakerKids’ recent awards!
Meet Ariel, One of Our Maker-Mentors
Hello, my name is Ariel! I have worked for the YMCA, volunteered for day camps and had a number of placements in other learning spaces such as TDSB classrooms and the Boys and Girls Club. I completed my undergrad at Ryerson University where I studied Early Childhood Education. I most recently earned my Bachelors of Education at University of Ontario Institute of Technology where I graduated with the highest distinction. More simply put, I love learning.
Specialties: Teaching children with unique skills and abilities, meeting diverse learning needs and optimism!
Locations: The Original Makerspaces for Kids
Established in 2010, MakerKids is the original makerspace concept for kids. Our fun and funky makerspaces inspire kids to imagine the possibilities of what they can create. Check out our Inspiration Station to see the latest gadgets, borrow maker books from our Learning Library, and check out projects that other kids have built. Our spaces are nut-free and in amazing neighbourhoods with many shops, restaurants, and cafes to explore.
Space is limited. Sign up for Coding, Robotics, or Minecraft programs or camps today!
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