Brings Children’s STEM Camps & Programs to Mid and North Toronto
June 18, 2019, Toronto, ON – MakerKids, the Canadian-based tech education company and first ever maker space for kids in North America, expands its award-winning robotics, coding and minecraft programs with its first franchise in Leaside, Toronto.
“We’ve had overwhelming interest from all over the world in our innovative curriculum and teaching philosophy that focuses on empowering children to develop real life skills and a positive relationship with technology,” says CEO Jennifer Turliuk, whose own childhood experience lead her to study at Singularity University at NASA, the inception of MakerKids and its first space in Bloor West. “Toronto’s rapidly becoming a technology hub, our after-school programs, camps and parties are dedicated to giving kids the resources they need to participate in the digital world. We’re so excited to start our Canadian expansion in Leaside, a strong, family and education-focused community.”
MakerKids Leaside will host a Grand Opening event on June 29, where families can drop in to tour the new flagship space featuring three maker rooms that will house children from grades one through eight. Guests will enjoy fun hands-on activities, win cool themed door prizes and giveaways. “An educational trailblazer, I was drawn to MakerKids’ mission to empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world,” says Aimée Savard, Owner of the Leaside location that will service surrounding areas in midtown and north Toronto. “Parents recognize the importance of exposure to STEM learning at an early age, particularly for girls, and we’re already seeing tons of children signed up at MakerKids Leaside.”
MakerKids’ education model develops leaders, designers, engineers and citizens that are excited to face a new generation of challenges. It’s programs have seen kids presenting their MakerKids projects on national TV, starting their own businesses with the skills they’ve learned and most importantly – improving their confidence, social skills, and engagement at school. Through expansion, MakerKids’ will now reach more communities, empowering and inspiring thousands of kids, a great step in furthering education and Canadian innovation in STEM. Carlos Contreras, Director of Education at Intel, says “I think that MakerKids is doing some outstanding things for kids. Let’s get more kids into making.”