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    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 or got involved with technology from an early age.

    MakerKids runs award-winning kids classes, after-school and weekend programs, summer camps, 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

    Coding Programs for Kids

    Coding

    Robotics Programs for Kids

    Robotics

    Minecraft Programs for Kids

    Minecraft

    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?

    21st Century Skills

    Kids have gone from having emotional or academic difficulties to leading clubs, improving their marks, and taking on more responsibility and ownership at home.

    Technical Skills

    Your kids will learn from NASA-educated entrepreneurs, teachers and engineers. These professional skills will help them become leaders in their future careers.

    Social Skills

    Your kids will feel like they fit in with this community of like-minded peers and feel a sense of belonging. Kids make friends, learn conflict resolution skills, and collaborate to build amazing projects.

    Join our Kids After-School 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.

    Coding Programs for Kids

    Coding Programs

    Grades 3-5 & 6-8

    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: Resilience, Confidence, Internet Safety, Logic, Game Design, Beta-Testing

    Mini MakerKids Programs

    Grades 1-2

    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

    Join our Camps:
    Robotics, Coding, Minecraft or Idea Incubator

    Reserve your child’s spot in our leading-edge summer camps

    STEM Camps for Kids

    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

    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

    STEM Camps for Kids
    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

    Reserve Your Child’s Birthday Party: Robotics, Coding or Minecraft

    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 award-winning birthday parties.

    Coding Camps for Kids

    Coding Birthday Party

    Video games can open up a whole new world of imagination and creativity. Coding your own video game pushes kids to explore different possibilities and scenarios. Kids will create their own games and play other kids’ games too!

    Video Game Coding: Arcade Games (Gr. 3+)
    Working in Scratch’s block based coding environment, kids follow along programming and customizing their very own arcade video game. Once their game is fully functional, more experienced makers have the chance to keep on adding an endless array of features or even design their own.

    Video Game Coding: Platformers (Gr. 5+)
    Stencyl is professional 2D game development software that includes a physics engine, collision detection, and a block based option for writing behaviours. While learning what goes into making a video game, kids create their own Nintendo-like platformer that look ready for the appstore.

    Success Story

    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.”

    Carlos Contreras, Director of Education, Intel

    “MakerKids is a cool place where it’s cool to be smart.”

    Massimo Banzi, CEO, Arduino

    “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.”

    Tammy Isbell, Actress

    “Kids come in here not knowing what they can do and they leave with a phenomenal amount of self-confidence and capability.”

    Rod Fitzsimmons-Frey

    Accreditations, Awards & Recognitions

    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!

    MakerKids: The Original Maker Programs for Kids

    MakerKids founded the first makerspace for kids in the world in 2010, and went on to pioneer an industry and transform education.

    We’ve been invited to give talks about our work around the world, at SXSW, MakerCon, Maker Faire, TEDx and more.

    We’ve trained educators and helped school boards and libraries implement makerspaces.

    We’ve run programs for Google and Twitter, for their employees’ kids.

    Now, kids can access MakerKids’ award-winning programs on Coding. Minecraft and Robotics from the comfort of their own home.

    Space is limited. Sign up for Coding, Robotics, or Minecraft programs or camps today!

    Find A Program For Your Child

    All our programs are currently virtual. Learn more.

    Call us at 1-844-MAKERKIDS to book your camp, program or party today!


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