Empowering the makers of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.

Empowering the makers of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.

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.

MakerKids runs award-winning kids summer camps, after-school programs 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?

Vision

MakerKids offers fun and educational programs on Coding, Robotics and Minecraft. We help kids move from being consumers to creators.

Childhood is the most transformative stage of life

It’s like a golf swing, where small millimetre changes at the outset of your swing can have a vast impact on the trajectory of where our shot ends up. If a person realizes that they are a leader when they are a child, they’ll carry that with them for the rest of their life.

Our vision is to be the #1 accelerator of human talent in the world

We prepare kids for today’s careers. We go beyond what is taught in school and teach kids the technical skills and mindsets they need to succeed.

We make anything possible for kids

Studies show that kids decide between ages 7-12 whether or not they’ll consider STEM as a future career option. The key is a positive exposure to STEM. MakerKids provides this.

Goal: Empower at least 1 billion kids to be the makers of tomorrow

Empower kids to be creators, not just consumers.

Success Stories

Started a business

Alex, 10 years old

After taking a MakerKids Robotics class, Alex started his own business making and selling audio speakers to his neighbours.

Published in a magazine

Serena, 12 years old

Serena used wearable technology to create a hat that lights up, and published a tutorial about it in OWL magazine.

Won NASA Prize

Artash

Won the NASA People’s Choice Award in the Space Apps challenge. Built a mini rover that moves on its own, detects obstacles, measures weather, transmits to base station

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Statistics We Are Working on Changing

We believe that education is the most transformative vehicle for change and that it can help humanity to work towards better solving global challenges.

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of people are dissatisfied with their career (Deloitte Shift Index Survey)
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of executive positions in tech companies are held by women
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Shortage of tech workers in Canada (Globe & Mail)
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of Grade 6 students failed to meet provincial mathematics standards (Globe & Mail)

We use technology as a medium to help your child develop:

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MakerKids By the Numbers

We’re helping kids realize what they’re capable of – and imagine if they realize this at a young age, what they might be able to contribute to the economy in the future.

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Accreditations, Awards & Recognitions

Check out some of MakerKids’ recent awards!

Outreach

MakerKids has run free or reduced-fee programs for:

Partners & Clients

Want to empower more makers of tomorrow? Contact [email protected] to learn about how your organization can provide scholarships to MakerKids programs.

Thought Leadership

MakerKids is the original makerspace for kids.

MakerKids CEO Jennifer Turliuk has been invited to give talks about our work at key industry conferences.

MakerKids’ work has been featured in major media including Wired, CTV, CBC, Breakfast TV, Forbes, Globe and Mail, and many more. MakerKids has written curriculum for Intel and 3D Systems, provided educator training for school boards (e.g. the Toronto Catholic District School Board, private schools, and more), helped with the creation and implementation of makerspace strategies for companies and organizations (e.g. the Toronto Public Library, schools, etc), and authored articles on its work for MAKE Magazine and more. MakerKids has created a category – kids don’t just go to music, art, dance and sport activities after school or during the summers anymore – they also go to programs on coding, robotics, and Minecraft and learn emotional and interpersonal skills that help vastly improve their lives.

Core Values

Growth

Help everyone involved grow for the better – the company, ourselves, kids parents, staff, partners, social media followers the world

Initiative

Encourage staff, students and parents to take initiative and help the organization, experience and themselves improve

Experience

Providing an amazing and engaging experience for customers, staff, each-other, etc at every touchpoint

Growth

We focus on creating amazing connections, communities, & care, amongst staff, parents, kids, etc; plus a sense of belonging & being part of something bigger than oneself

Accountability

Staff are accountable to themselves, each other & to our customers; kids are also expected to be accountable. This means the bias towards action, excellence, honesty & respect. We also recognize that we all need to be accountable to the planet & make the world a better place!

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Meet Our Founder and CEO, Jennifer Turliuk

From bullied and disengaged as a child to thriving entrepreneur

Has your child ever felt excluded? When I was 12 years old, I was being bullied and was disengaged at school. Then my teacher said that for my book report project, I should make a website. So I taught myself how to code, and and made a website about Harry Potter. A few months later I found out my website had hundreds of thousands of views and was featured in a magazine. This was a very empowering moment for me – suddenly the bullying didn’t impact me as much, and I became more engaged at school. Later on, I was selected for a program based at NASA called Singularity University, where I learned how to apply technology to education. It was afterwards that I got started with MakerKids, with the goal of helping more kids have transformative experiences like I had as a kid. We’re excited that thousands of kids have gone through the programs and some have started businesses, been featured on TV, and had positive mental health outcomes. We hope to meet your family soon.

-Jennifer Turliuk, CEO, MakerKids

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

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We have programs in Toronto and are coming to more cities soon

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