Learn different coding languages at MakerKids! Kids can learn how to code with Scratch, Stencyl, Caterpillar and Ardublock! Code your own video game, apps and objects. Our coding programs are interdisciplinary. Programs also involve design, logic, math, computer skills, teamwork and creativity.
10 weeks and camps
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome
Hardware + Software
What will kids learn?
At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including: coding, problem solving, game design and design philosophy.
What do kids make?
Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include video games, apps and real world objects.
MakerKids Experience and Skillset
Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.
Through coding and learning how to talk with technology, kids will learn how different apps and real world objects work. Kids will develop their own video game, app or even real world objects. Students have their hands in front of the wheel, as they will invent their concept and execute their project, from start to finish.
21st Century Skills
Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on games together and play together. They will learn, both, technical and soft skills like: engineering, coding, communication, logic and game design.
The MakerKids Difference
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
|5:45-5:55||Show and tell |
See the work the kids have created!
- All materials for activities
- Laptops to use
- Experienced instructors
- One-on-one couching
- Badge of completion
Fall Coding: Code a Video Game
Video games can open up a whole new world of imagination and creativity. Video game coding pushes kids to explore different possibilities and scenarios Learning to code through game creation is a fun and immediately rewarding way to begin solving problems and thinking like a coder.
*This fall program is currently complete.
Kids will create simple games and then add to them by utilizing the power of Stencyl. Multiplayer games, remote storage, web interaction, animation, and more are all just a few blocks away. By coding and designing their own game, kids can create different worlds, more complex functions and customize their own characters.
Sign up now! Winter term begins January 23!
Kids are introduced to how programming can be used beyond video games. The course starts with battery powered robots that students code to accomplish actual physical tasks. As an open-ended, exploratory program, kids are encouraged to push their boundaries and invent something awesome.
Save $25 when you sign up now! (select programs)
Why Choose MakerKids?
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.
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.
MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.
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!
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.
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. Kids may bring their own laptops.
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).