We are excited to report that for the next few days (Jan 30-31) we will be running a pop-up makerspace at the OLA Conference, also in partnership with Kids Learning Code. We will also be keynoting this conference, and doing another speech Saturday morning. Come check us out! To see the pop-up makerspace you can register for an expo-only pass for only $40. You can find out more at the OLA website. In time for OLA, we are launching our new page for educators: http://makerkids.ca/educators. Check it out, and see the info copied below for your convenience.

Services for Educators

Maker Kids is a non-profit makerspace where kids, teens and adults can learn about and do things like 3D printing, robotics, woodworking, jewellery making and more. We are located at 2241 Dundas St. W in Roncesvalles, Toronto. We offer many services for educators. To stay up-to date with these, please sign up for our mailing list.

Programs for Parents, Educators, Librarians, and Other Interested Adults:

Educators Night

 

Would you like to help more kids be makers? Are you an teacher, educator, librarian, parent, or interested adult who wants to learn about how MakerKids gets kids involved with crafting, tinkering, and making things? This open shop is great for people who want to learn more about making different things, and about working on them with children! We can help teach you new skills and how to use high tech tools safely with kids. You can learn about woodworking, electronics, programming, 3D modelling and 3D printing, Arduino (an open source microcontroller), MaKey MaKey (easy to use invention kit where you can even turn bananas into a keyboard), crafts, sewing, soft circuitry and wearable technology, and more! You’ll get hands-on experience and learn through doing, not just talking. You can also take home what you make – we just ask that you pay for any materials you use/take home. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about MakerKids, explore possibilities for volunteering, and meet interesting people. We’ve had people come from as far away as London and Montreal for this program. Register here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/makerkids-educator-nights-wednesdays-tickets-9756956319?aff=eorg

Professional Development, Consulting and Speaking

We offer professional development, consulting and speaking, with past clients including the Toronto Public Library. We can help you learn how to teach maker activities to kids (e.g. 3D printing, Arduino, robotics, and more), how to set up a makerspace for kids, what supplies to buy, and more. We also have spoken at various conferences and events such as Maker Faire Rome, Maker Faire Toronto, the Creative Making Conference at the University of Toronto, Make2Learn in Chicago, and more. If you are interested in having us do professional development, consulting or speaking, email [email protected].


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Programs for Your Group:

MakerKids At Your Location

Want maker activities for kids at your school, library, event, or organization? For schools, we do after-school programs, lunchtime programs, workshops, curriculum-based programs, and more. We also do programs at events, such as rocket launching at Fort York, 3D design at the Harbourfront Centre, 3D printing at the Textile Museum of Canada, toy hacking and robot battles at Maker Faire Toronto, robot battles at Maker Faire Rome, rocket launching at schools, and more. If your organization is interested in hiring us to run maker activities for kids or adults at your location, let us know! Email [email protected]

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Field Trips

Looking to take your class somewhere cool? Come visit our makerspace and we can do a fun activity with you. Email [email protected] for more info.


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Custom Programs

Looking for something you don’t see on this list? Want to host a party for your family? Take a private lesson? Have us teach something to your group remotely? Do something else that we may never have thought of? Cool! Email us at [email protected]

Curriculum Development and Product Development

We develop curriculum and products, and are currently doing so for Intel, 3D Systems, and the Toronto Public Library. Email us at [email protected] for more information.

 

MAKING MAKERS PROJECT

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Together, Kids Learning Code, Maker Kids, TIFF and Toronto Public Library, have developed comprehensive, maker curriculum for educators who work in formal and informal learning environments with the objective of increasing Toronto youth access and engagement with advanced technology and digital tools!

Our workshops and activities allow youth to create something with purpose, driven by their own vision and also empower teachers to be makers.

We are hosting Train the Trainer Symposiums wherein the educators can learn how to run and modify activities by doing them.

Train the Trainer Nights:

Toy Hacking at Maker Kids: Wednesday, Feb 12th from 8pm to 10pm

Arduino Rovers at Maker Kids: Wednesday, Feb 19th from 8pm to 10pm

Introduction to HTML & CSS at Kids Learning Code: Tuesday, Feb 25th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

 Stop Motion Animation with TIFF at Maker Kids: Wednesday, Feb 26th from 8pm to 10pm

Create YouTube Videos at TIFF: Thursday, Feb 27th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Game Design with Scratch with Kids Learning Code: Tuesday, March 4th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

3D Printing with Maker Kids: Wednesday, March 5th from 8pm to 10pm

Join us on one or all of these upcoming nights and discover a confidence in technology education that you never knew you had! Register here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/making-makers-training-sessions-for-librarians-teachers-educators-etc-tickets-9885618150

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