Read success stories from our grads!
All our students come from different backgrounds, interests and skill levels. Some of our students are completely new to coding, robotics or Minecraft. One thing they all have in common is their curiosity and inventiveness. In each after school program or camp, we’re blown away by the creations the kids have designed and built, from alarm clocks, rovers, machines in Minecraft to multilevel video games.
Check out some the great inventions our graduates have made or are working on. Who knows what they’ll accomplish in a few years!
Welcome to our first Featured MakerKid series. Do you ever wonder where our MakerKids are now? They are doing great things, whether it be a class project, leading their school’s Minecraft club or being published. Check here regularly for more stories from our graduates.
Meet Goran, our first Featured MakerKid!
Programs taken: Currently in Robotics with Graham on Sundays from 10am to 12pm. Has taken this for two ‘terms’. Also did sampler camp at this past March break; held his April bday party there too (Minecraft and 3D printing party); enrolled in a couple upcoming summer camps too (Sampler and Minecraft).
What we like about MakerKids: Very applicable to real life with the focus on STEM curriculum which primary schools do not have; hands on learning and not just on the computer – in robotics the kids actually build ‘things’ – also love how excited Goran is to go to MakerKids – he just won’t miss it for anything – he looks forward to it! – instructors are AMAZING – so good with kids and really work with them as students – they don’t talk to them like ‘kids’ and truly treat them with respect for their intelligence and ability to learn quickly.
What are you up to now (new projects, creations)? Goran loves airplanes so he is building a robotic airplane at MakerKids; he designed an entire airport on Minecraft; he is building an airport terminal at home ?
Program Taken At MakerKids: March Break Camp, 2016, 10 years old
Current Age: 10 years old
What do you like about MakerKids:
I like the freedom to make and do whatever I want to. I like the people there, because they are super nice and willing to help with a project. I love all of the equipment, because it’s cool, and is equipment like drills, saws, laser cutters and dremels that I wouldn’t have the chance to use everyday at home.
What have you been up to?
I worked with a partner to make a laser for my school’s science fair. I help run the Minecraft Club at my school, on Thursday lunch hour. I help some kids do things in Minecraft and I make Minecraft maps that often get destroyed! I am working on building an RC submarine and hope to have it ready to use in my Grandpa’s pool this summer. I’m trying to source all the RC parts at an electronics surplus store that I sometimes go to.
On the weekend, when I was camping, I made this ship using a foam knee pad, a plastic duck watering can, duct tape, a small plastic planter (as a bridge that holds one of my small stuffed animals), some foam strips and an empty duct tape roll.
I just love planning and making!
Program taken at MakerKids: Minecraft (2 years ago), Scratch (2 years ago and his favourite!), Arduino (1 year ago)
Current age: 11
What do you like about MakerKids: There’s really nothing like it. It’s unique. We are able to work with Arduinos and different computer programs.
What have you up to (new projects, creations?): I’m learning Mandarin now and playing a lot of baseball in the summer.
At a recent science fair, we were working on only green energy projects. I created a working model of hydrokinetic and tidal energy. The biggest one is in France and found in many European countries. It can power whole islands.
- Teaching a Scratch coding class at Seventh Street Junior School, where Max taught over 60 kids.
- Over a 10 week period Max taught different students after school, starting from grade 2.
- Max was a top four finalist for Best Game at his school’s street fair. He was even visited by the TDSB Vice President!
What do you want to do next?: When I grow up, I want to be an engineer, doctor or orthodontist.
A word from Max’s Parents: MakerKids provides hands on training, that is not accessible in the regular school system. It helps prepare kids for jobs that don’t exist yet. It is important for kids and gives them a competitive advantage.
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