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Mini Makers Camps

Grades 1-2

Mini Makers introduces kids to our core technology topics: Coding, Robotics, and Minecraft. Your child will get to work on a variety of projects each day in small groups. They will design their own video game, create robotic inventions, explore the 3D design world of Minecraft, and do STEM experimentation. Each day your child will build on the skills they’ve learned, leaving with transferable technical and social skills.

The daily cross-discipline exposure focuses on valuable skills and allows kids to see progress as their abilities grow. Their projects tie back to this theme to reinforce the importance of interconnectivity in technology.

Skills Learned: Social Skills, Confidence, Design, Problem-solving, Game Design, Electronics and Planning

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Idea Incubator STEM Camps

Grades 3-5 and 6-8

In our Idea Incubator STEM Camps, kids will dive into our three core STEM topics: Coding, Robotics and Minecraft.

If you’re looking for inspiring STEM education, this is the right place! In each camp, kids make something awesome, create their own projects and collaborate with others. Build leadership skills, meet other kids who are makers, make your own project, and more.

Skills Learned: Social Skills, Confidence, Design, Problem-solving, Game Design, Electronics and Planning

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Coding Camps for Kids

Coding Camps

Grades 3-5 and 6-8

Coding is an important language to learn. With the demand for STEM workers increasing, 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, 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: Resilience, Confidence, Internet Safety, Logic, Game Design, Beta-Testing

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Robotics Camps

Grades 3-5 and 6-8

Kids use online robotics simulator technology to learn how to make electronic creations that they previously only dreamed of. Make virtual lights light up, wire circuits, and code a virtual ‘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. These skills will help them learn to build projects such as 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: Self-Confidence, Creativity, Teamwork, Coding, Electronics, Math, Reading, Writing, Design

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Minecraft Camps for Kids

Minecraft Camps

Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8

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 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.

Skills Learned: Social Skills, Patience, Communication, Teamwork, Problem-Solving, Coding, 3D Design

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Testimonial

“Our kids also enjoy learning a new coding language and I’ve watched my younger one who started off being a bit shy and unwilling to share online to make new friends and became one of the most talkative ones in class.”

– Debbie Fung

Technology that inspires creativity.

Join our Award-Winning Kids Programs: Robotics, Coding or Minecraft

Real-World Technical Skills

Kids learn industry-leading technologies, equipping them for high-earning careers of the future.

Putting Projects into Practice

Kids don’t just learn programming concepts – they get to use them to make real projects like games.

Confidence & Social Skills

Embedded in all our programs are social skill lessons, and the chance for kids to socialize with like-minded peers.

A Positive Approach to Tech

We want every child to leave MakerKids with the belief that they can use technology to shape the world around them.

Why Parents and Children Love MakerKids

Expert Facilitators

With a passion for youth and technology, our Maker Mentors recognize the uniqueness of your child and fosters their creative side and joy for STEM. Maker Mentors are trained to have students focus on the why and discover the logic behind the code instead of following a prescriptive set of instructions.

Engaging Curriculum

Weekly programs are built for all interests and experience levels. See the excitement in your child as they watch their work come to life. All classes include mini-lessons on internet safety and computer literacy so your child is better prepared to navigate the digital world.

Social Connections

With a 5 to 1 child to staff ratio and a focus on collaborative problem solving our classes are designed for your child to actively participate. Parents are amazed at how fast their child opens up socially, as they connect and build friendships with like-minded children.

In-Person STEM Camps for Kids FAQ

Yes! Weather permitting, we take kids to a nearby family-friendly park for outdoor games for at least an hour a day.

1:8 Maker-Mentor to Student ratio, or better. All instructors are police-checked, first-aid trained, triple-reference checked, and highly trained.

Hours:
9AM-3:30PM
Before care: 8-9AM
After care: 3:30-6PM

We offer camps for kids from Grade 1 to Grade 8, determined by the grade your child is entering in the fall. Our camps are open to grades 1-8, with kids separated into groups based on grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

We do not provide food. Please send a nut-free lunch and snacks.

The schedule for the day includes 2 snacks, a lunch, at time at the park.

09:00-09:15 Welcome
09:15-10:15 Session 1
10:15-10:30 Snack
10:30-11:30 Session 2
11:30-11:45 Lunch
11:45-01:30 Break and park
01:30-02:15 Session 3
02:15-02:30 Snack
02:30-03:15 Session 4
03:15-03:30 Clean up and parent walk-through

What kids will work on in the sessions depends on the topic of that camp day, what grade they are in, and if they have been at MakerKids before. In general, experienced kids will have the opportunity to work independently on our online curriculum while newer kids and MiniMakers can follow along with our Mentors in guided lessons and projects.

The kids get to play outdoors at a nearby family-friendly park during full day programs, like PA days and camps. All our programs integrate time for offscreen games, activities and working with others. Kids will design and brainstorm together, as well as test each other’s inventions on and off screen. We have a strong emphasis on soft skills, not only technical skills. We have stretch breaks and eye breaks to encourage kids to have good screen hygiene. Kids will leave with well-rounded skills and experiences that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

If they are registered for a camp that includes Minecraft, it would be great if they could bring one (a Minecraft Java edition account)

No previous experience is required for most of our classes – just a desire to make things! Our instructors will show your kids how to use any programs or materials safely, and foster lifetime skills with technology. Kids with more advanced knowledge will be provided with more advanced instruction.

We follow all COVID protocols mandated and recommended by the government. 

Virtual STEM Camps for Kids FAQ

No previous experience is required for most of our classes – just a desire to make things! Our instructors will show your kids how to use any programs or materials safely, and foster lifetime skills with technology. Kids with more advanced knowledge will be provided with more advanced instruction.

Our ratio for virtual classrooms is 1 instructor per 5 makers.

We recommend parents or guardians to be nearby or in the vicinity of their child during their virtual class. Mini Makers (grades 1-2) will definitely need a parent or guardian nearby to guide them. This is especially important for their first virtual classes.

 

Yes, we require makers registered in Minecraft or Idea Incubators to purchase their own Minecraft account. This will allow them to use their account outside of class time! If you child already has a Minecraft account, they can let their instructor know and they can get whitelisted.

You can purchase a Minecraft account here.

Basic Requirements:

  • A internet connection
  • Working Microphone and Speakers – We recommend a set of headphones or headset (which has been tested and is working) with an integrated microphone so that you can hear us and we can hear you as clearly as possible. If you do not have headphones or a headset, please ensure your child is in a quiet place – as long as they have speakers and a microphone and are in a quiet place it will be fine. Please reduce background noise or move to a quiet area for the benefit of all kids in the class.
  • Optional: Webcam – Either external or built-in (many laptops have an integrated camera).
  • Laptop or desktop (not tablet or phone)
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Chrome browser. Do not use Safari, use Chrome. If something is not working on Chrome, try Firefox or Edge.

Detailed System Requirements:

  • Broadband internet connection (ideally with at least 1.2Mbps download and 600Kbps upload speeds)
  • For Coding Classes: 4GB of RAM or more (<4GB RAM may work but may be unstable in some situations)
  • For Minecraft and Idea Incubator classes ONLY
    • Minecraft system requirements (source)
      • Minecraft: PC (Windows 7 or later) or Mac (OSX 10.7 or later) computer (not a Chromebook)
        • CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent (older or less powerful CPUs may work but may be unstable in some situations)
        • RAM: 4GB or more (<4GB RAM may work but may be unstable in some situations)
      • Minecraft Java Edition Launcher Installed
        (instructions for this can be found here)
        • A Minecraft Java Edition Account purchased

All our programs integrate time for games, activities and working with others. Kids will design and brainstorm together, as well as test each other’s inventions on and off screen. We have a strong emphasis on soft skills, not only technical skills. We have stretch breaks and eye breaks to encourage kids to have good screen hygiene. Kids will leave with well-rounded skills and experiences that they can carry with them throughout their lives.