Ottawa Kids Programs
After School and Weekends
All experience levels welcome
Hardware + Software
What will kids learn?
At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including design, engineering, coding, problem solving and leadership.
What do kids make?
Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include light shows, video games and night lights. Learn something awesome and make new friends!
MakerKids Experience and Skillset
Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.
Learn how to talk tech! Technology is all around us and, in our programs, kids learn how to create, design and invent. Through a hands-on experience, kids will master in Robotics or Coding.
Kids will bring their ideas to life with the help of the MakerKids team and
21st Century Skills
Students work in teams to solve problems as well as create their own designs and inventions. Combining on- and off-screen work, our programs will advance skills in communication, leadership, design and critical thinking.
The MakerKids Difference
Our instructors are highly trained and come from various backgrounds, including engineering, theatre, music and design. They have worked at City of Toronto, P&G and YMCA. CEO, Jennifer Turliuk, attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University.
Space to Experiment
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.” Happy children make me a happy and grateful mom. Thanks MakerKids for creating programs for my quirky, “outside the box thinking” boys.Tammy, Parent
I love that the kids take the lead on their projects and learn how to achieve their goals Absolutely the kind of things my kids are interested in exploring in a guided setting!Parent
This MakerKids Graduate learned key sound, robotics and design concepts and now runs his own business fixing stereo equipment in his neighbourhood!
Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers
|5:10-5:50||Robotics Discovery |
Instructors will guide students through key robotics functions while kids try it themselves and collaborate
Kids can have their snacks, play games and explore our Inspiration Station
|6:00-6:40||Let’s get Making! |
Kids will experiment and create their own project and invention from the lesson
|6:45-6:55||Show and tell |
See the work the kids have created!
- All materials for activities
- Laptops to use
- Experienced instructors
- One-on-one coaching
- Kids may take home their digital projects
- Badge of completion
Classes are 2 hours and run once a week for 10 weeks ($16.25/hour!). Our after-school classes run from 5-7pm on Wednesdays. Our weekend classes are Saturdays 1-3pm.
Ottawa programs will take place at Makerspace North at 250 City Centre Ave #216, Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7. Ages 8-12.
Robotics: Make It Light Up - Saturdays, 1-3pm, Starts Oct. 14
Create a robotic invention from scratch! Has your child ever wanted something that didn’t exist yet? This is their chance to design their own solution to a problem. Using Arduinos, industry-used microcontrollers, kids will code, wire and build a robotic invention. Through experimenting, team-work, beta-testing, kids will take responsibility for their projects from start to finish becoming an independent thinker and engineer.
Students in this class will have a hands-on experience creating their own dynamic robots with light. Kids use LEDs, light sensors and more to create magnificent glowing inventions.
What kids can make: Make nightlights, motion-activated alarms, rovers, and more! Kids code using drag-and-drop blocks of code – perfect for beginners and advanced students.
Our Maker Mentors have a background in design, coding and engineering. MakerKids will provide secure logins, laptops and robotics materials to use.
Coding A Video Game - Wednesdays 6-8pm, Starts Oct. 11
Coding is the language of the future. The demand for programmers is increasing, but did you know more and more careers demand STEM skills, logic and planning? In addition to teaching kids how to code, our coding programs enhances kids’ comprehension of reading, writing, math, design, problem-solving and resilience. They become independent thinkers and kidpreneurs by developing their own game, website or app. Kids will also work together to brainstorm and beta-test each other’s projects. Give your kids a leg up in their careers and join a MakerKids program.
Video games can open up a whole new world of imagination and creativity. Creating your own video game pushes kids to explore different possibilities and scenarios. Using Scratch, kids will learn how to code and develop their own video game. Scratch is a popular introductory programming language made by MIT that uses building blocks of code. At the end of this program, kids will understand how games work, important concepts shared by all games, and will have been introduced to many core programming concepts.
Our Maker Mentors have a background in design, coding and engineering. MakerKids will provide secure logins, laptops and design programs to use.
What kids can make: Websites, apps and games! Kids code using drag-and-drop blocks of code – perfect for beginners and advanced students.
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Why Choose MakerKids?
21st Century Skills
In our kids' STEM programs, your child will learn a wide variety of skills, not just tech skills. Social and emotional competencies: A) confidence B) social skills and C) engagement. Technical skills: A) coding, B) design, and C) electronics.
We’ve developed curriculum for Intel and trained staff from the Toronto Public Library and various school boards. Programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers.
MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.
Mental Health Improvements
Parents and schools have reported improvements in mental health, behaviour and learning development. Students have overcome issues like aggression, stress and anxiety. Your child can find their tribe at MakerKids!
MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. We run programs at schools throughout the GTA, such as Toronto French School, Kingsway College, and more.
Does my child need experience coding or any of the programs?
Our classes are open to new and experienced kids of all backgrounds. With our small ratio of 1 instructor for every 8 kids, our instructors will be able to work with each child’s individual needs. We go over fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students.
Do we have to bring our own laptop and supplies?
We will provide all the materials needed for the program and activities, which may include laptops, Arduinos, mics, wires and more. Kids may bring their own laptops.
What will my kid make?
Kids will create different inventions. Kids are in charge of their own projects, from start to finish, and can design their own creations. Some past robotics projections include: cat alarms, voice records and sound machines that can play a multitude of notes! There are no physical take-aways in the program, as materials are reused and re-purposed for future students. Kids will leave with a comprehensive understanding of robotics, design, electronics and coding skills.