Coding: Code an App

After School and Weekend Programs

Bring your imagination to life! Kids in this program will create their very own app using a coding language called Stencyl. They will learn how to engineer an app, design the look and feel, understand key game features and problem solve with others.

By coding and designing their own app, they can create different worlds, complex features and customize their own characters.

Program Details

Program Info

Ages 8-12
10 weeks
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome

Hardware + Software

App visualizer

What will kids learn?

At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including: coding, problem solving, app design and design philosophy.

What do kids make?

Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include video games, apps, unique characters and different digital worlds.

MakerKids Experience and Skillset

Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.

Project-Based Learning

Does your kid love video games or understand the basics of Scratch? In this program, kids will dive into Stencyl, a video programming platform inspired by Scratch.  After learning the new abilities and complexities that Stencyl offers, kids uncover advanced coding concepts, such as multiplayer games, complex data structures, chatbots, animation and Photoshop. Kids will design their own world, build multiple levels and will be able beta test their app.

By coding and designing their own app, they can create different worlds, more complex functions and customize their own characters.

21st Century Skills

Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on apps together and play together. They will learn, both, technical and soft skills like: engineering, coding, communication, logic and game design.

Why Stencyl?

Like Scratch, Stencyl uses visual coding language (block-based coding) and prepares students with the foundation for many other programming languages like Python Java, and C. They will leave with broad comprehension of logic, flow and design. Contrary to what many think about video games, this class will provide an opportunity to experiment, share and collaborate in an open-format classroom.

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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, Jennifer Turliuk, attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University.

Space to Experiment

Our makerspace is a safe space for kids to experiment. Our instructors are first aid trained, police checked, go through rigorous training and assist lead instructors before teaching. Our mentors are trained to work with different learning abilities and behavioural issues. 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.



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!


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

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Sample Class

Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
4:10-4:50 Coding Discovery
Instructors will guide students through key coding concepts 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

(starts at $16.25/hour)


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

Register for a Coding Program!

Ages 8-12

There will be no weekly classes on:

Monday, February 20 (Family Day)

Saturday-Sunday, March 11-19 (March Break)

Friday-Monday, April 14-17 (Easter Weekend)

Tuesdays 4-6pm

January 24-April 4, 2017

Sundays 1-3pm

January 29-April 23, 2017

Wednesdays 6-8pm

January 25-April 5, 2017

Saturdays 1-3pm

January 28-April 22, 2017

Save $25 when you sign up before January 9!

Why Choose MakerKids?

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21st Century Skills

In our kids' STEM programs, your child will learn a wide variety of skills, not just tech skills. Social and emotional competencies: A) confidence B) social skills and C) engagement. Technical skills: A) coding, B) design, and C) electronics.

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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.

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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.

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Mental Health Improvements

Parents and schools have reported improvements in mental health, behaviour and learning development. Students have overcome issues like aggression, stress and anxiety. Your child can find their tribe at MakerKids!

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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.

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Does my child need experience coding?

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 coding fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students. It is recommended that kids have computer skills (e.g. typing).

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 and any software.

What will my kid make?

Kids will learn how to code different inventions. They will be able to prototype their own video game, app and even real world objects (robotics).

Love Robotics? Check out our other Robotics programs!

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PA Day Sampler

Ignite your inner inventor! Spend a day with us learning coding, robotics and Minecraft. Kids will work with others to learn technical skills key to the real world and 21st century skills. Kids will develop their own project in each topic.

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Coding: Code Real World Objects

Bring what’s on the screen into the real world. Using code, students will program objects, robots and machines. Kids can learn how to make a robot play golf, race on their own and more! They will work with switches, sensors and lights.

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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

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Fall Term:
Make it Light Up

Winter Term:
Make Sound

Spring Term:
Make it Move

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Fall Term:
Code a Video Game

Winter Program:
Code an App

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