– World-class Maker-Mentors for your child
– Police-checked, triple-reference checked
– Highly experienced and trained
Meet some of our Maker-Mentors:
8+ years of camp experience
Thomas is a passionate Minecrafter with a deep love of sci-fi, fantasy, puns and music! With 8 years of camp counselor experience and a lifetime of theatre, he always leads his sessions with an enthusiasm that is rivaled only by his students. After studying music in the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Guelph he taught singing and piano for two years at Guelph’s largest private music school, started building his own Minecraft servers and coded his own band website.
Achievements: Eight years of camp experience, Bachelor’s of Arts (Music)
Specialties: Minecraft, coding, servers and networks
25+ years in the IT industry
Don’t be fooled by the 25 Years of experience in the IT Industry, I am a MakerKid at heart. Drawing on a background as a custom software developer and an information security professional, I jumped at the opportunity to switch from making spreadsheets, Powerpoint decks, and emails for the Financial Industry to joining the Makerkid’s mission to encourage interest in STEM in the next generation and generate top IT talent. Recognized often in the Swansea community as a certified soccer coach with the Toronto High Park Football Club, and with past gigs coaching rowing and snowboarding, I enjoy translating course material to a spirited audience. A casual gamer, I play franchise strategy games such as Civilization, SimCity, and Rollercoaster Tycoon, plus the original online game, Nethack. When not in front of a screen, I enjoy road biking, snowboarding, and dabbling in projects at the cottage with my wife and 2 Makergirls.
Fun Fact: I was once taught Microsystem Programming (i.e. Robotics) by our new GG and former Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette as an undergraduate U of T.
Mechanical Engineering Student, U of T
I am a mechanical engineering student at U of T. I am interested in robotics. I have been a camp counselor for 3 years at an outdoors camp and I have been coding since I was in middle school. I love playing videos and learning about new STEM concepts, and I’m excited to pass them on to the Makers!
Graduated with highest distinction
Hello, my name is Ariel! I enjoy playing board games, doing nail art and teaching children. I’ve spent a lot of my time learning and teaching in a variety of different learning environments. 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.
Achievements: I completed my undergrad at Ryerson University where I studied Early Childhood Education. I most recently earned my Bachelors of Education at UOIT 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!!
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Meet Sarah: she’s a creative, artsy person who loves kids. When not working or spending time with friends, she can be found on Pinterest, looking for new crafts, recipes and new ways of thinking about education. She loves video games (especially the LEGO ones!), Geocaching, and referring to herself in the third person.
Achievements: Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brescia at Western University. She focused on social psychology, specifically child development and education. She won a scholarship for public speaking and is an adult member of Girl Guides of Canada. When she was the same age as the MakerKids, she won an Oreo stacking contest, created a newspaper with her brother and had a painting displayed in a local gallery.
Specialties: General crafting, sewing and embroidery, painting, baking.
Meet our CEO: Jennifer Turliuk
Graduate of Singularity University at NASA
Jennifer’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, CBS national TV, and more. Her career highlights include doing marketing and PR for the Matterform 3D Scanner crowdfunding campaign (which raised over $471K – the most-funded Indiegogo campaign outside the US), helping build a 3D printer for a music video, launching an SMS-based disaster relief project during Hurricane Sandy, being selected as a Startup Chile entrepreneur (as part of a program run by the Government of Chile to foster entrepreneurship locally), creating her own self-education program which involved being 1 of the top 6 finalists in a competition to shadow Dave McClure of 500 Startups, leading the Canadian launch of Tide Pods (P&G’s biggest launch in 27 years), running Canada’s largest business plan competition (the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition), writing one of Forbes Greatest Hits articles, speaking on a panel discussion with Peter Thiel (founder of Paypal), doing a TEDx talk in Spanish, being invited to join MaiTai (a group of pro kiteboarders and entrepreneurs), and DJing for Red Bull. She attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University. In her spare time, she does independent marketing and strategy consulting and enjoys salsa dancing, extreme sports (such as kiteboarding), improv, 3D printing, and building electronic creations.
Meet our Board of Advisors:
Massimo Banzi, CEO of Arduino
Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate. He has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas.
Massimo started the first FabLab in Italy which led to the creation of Officine Arduino, a FabLab/Makerspace based in Torino.
He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions all over the world.
Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect, both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and boo.com.
Massimo is also the author of “Getting Started with Arduino” published by O’Reilly. He is a regular contributor to the Italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, an online magazine about innovation.
He currently teaches Interaction Design at SUPSI Lugano in the south of Switzerland and is a visiting professor at CIID in Copenhagen.