What We Do
MakerKids develops maker learning programs for kids and educators, and runs one of the only makerspaces for kids in the world. We inspire kids to see their futures as inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators. We provide amazing interest-driven STEM programs to help kids move from being consumers to creators. We run camps, programs and parties on robotics, coding and Minecraft.
MakerKids was named Best Kids’ Workshops by Toronto Life Magazine and one of the top ten awesome birthday parties in Toronto by Today’s Parent. Thousands of kids have participated in our programs. In the past, we have done Content and Curriculum Development for clients like Intel and 3D Systems, and Professional Development services for clients such as the Toronto Public Library. We’ve been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more. Our Board of Advisors includes Dale Dougherty (CEO of Maker Media, MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire) and Massimo Banzi (CEO of Arduino).
We are a mission-driven company and our mission is to help people reach their potential and make a positive impact on the world. We are leading programs that improve kids’ lives significantly, enabling to see their own power and realize that they can make a difference.
Our team is growing and we’re looking for rockstars who believe in our mission. Join us!
Who We Are
We’re a group of makers, inventors and entrepreneurs with backgrounds from Singularity University (at NASA), Procter & Gamble, musical theatre, and summer camps at City of Toronto, City of Burlington, Queen’s University, and many more.
MakerKids’ CEO, Jennifer Turliuk, coded a website when she was 12 that went viral and was featured in a magazine. Later, she was selected to participate in the Singularity University program at NASA. Jennifer started MakerKids so that more kids could have empowering experiences and become leaders. Graduates have gone on to start businesses, be featured on TV, be published in magazines, and more. She has been named a ‘pioneering woman in tech’ by Adafruit, awarded an Honorary Degree for her contributions to the community via MakerKids, keynoted industry conferences such as MakerCon, had her work published in Forbes, and more.
You’ll love working here if you:
- Want to have a positive impact on kids
- Want to share your love for technology and making
- Dig a relaxed, casual, and fun work environment (warning: musical theatre nerds and Dungeons & Dragons players among us)
- Did we mention having fun at work? We like doing stuff together – improv classes, escape rooms, and other staff socials
- And we also take our work seriously, create space for each other’s opinions and perspectives, and pursuing success together
We are hiring instructors in multiple cities.
For those working at our headquarters, our bright, colourful, makerspace office is located at 2451 Bloor Street West in Toronto, minutes to downtown, and steps from Jane TTC station and a vibrant neighbourhood.
- Arduinos and robotic supplies
- Laptops galore
- Minecraft accounts
- New technologies and toys we’re experimenting with (companies send them to us to test out!)
You’ll love working here if you love to learn. We have extensive training and paid professional development opportunities. This is a chance to grow an immense amount in your career.
We are all about play and having fun. Join us at karaoke nights, board games, yoga, musical sing-alongs, Dungeons & Dragons, and playing fun games with the kids.
Make An Impact
This is Serena. She joined our Robotics program and a few weeks later she made her own electronic hat project that was published in OWL magazine. Alex, a 10-year-old in our program, started a business making and selling audio speakers. Imagine what these kids will be able to do when they grow up! Steve Jobs, the founders of Google and other luminaries were part of technology programs from a young age. Join MakerKids to help change the world.
Together at MakerKids
It takes a team to build something great. Together we work hard, laugh hard, learn, play, and make.
For me, working at MakerKids was much more than a job. It offered an unmatched opportunity to be at the forefront of a movement that is revolutionizing how we approach education. At MakerKids, I worked in unison with industry leaders, educators, and parents to create impactful change not only within the organization, but in the lives of children and youth. I credit my time at MakerKids with giving me the opportunity, confidence, skill set and ethic that is unrivalled by any organization.
MakerKids encourages the personal growth of its employees, and is a very nurturing and supportive environment. We all help each other, it feels more like we’re good friends than just colleagues.
The chance to make a difference in children’s lives – and to be that mentor that pushes them to give it another try instead of giving up – is so inspiring. MakerKids has taught me a lot about self-acceptance and not being afraid of failure.
It’s exciting to have a workplace I can feel proud about, and I find myself smiling as I tell others what we do. I am so glad to have found a place I belong. Thank you, MakerKids
Having my placement at MakerKids was more than just a placement, they gave me the opportunity to develop a wide range of new and existing skills that are transferable to any organization and to my degree in Education. It’s a place which teaches kids more than just robotics, coding and Minecraft but the core values that the organization stands for in promoting all aspects of STEM education. I was able to work with great industry leaders, educators, parents and positive role models during my time here. MakerKids made me feel welcome and be part of a team network with individuals from all different skill sets. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here.
Help everyone involved grow for the better – the company, ourselves, kids parents, staff, partners, social media followers the world
Encourage staff, students and parents to take initiative and help the organization, experience and themselves improve
Providing an amazing and engaging experience for customers, staff, each-other, etc at every touchpoint
We focus on creating amazing connections, communities, & care, amongst staff, parents, kids, etc; plus a sense of belonging & being part of something bigger than oneself
Staff are accountable to themselves, each other & to our customers; kids are also expected to be accountable. This means the bias towards action, excellence, honesty & respect. We also recognize that we all need to be accountable to the planet & make the world a better place!