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MakerKids Leader in Training Program
The leader in training program for MakerKids is designed to provide young individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to become successful leaders in the world of technology and innovation. This program is specifically tailored for youth between the ages of 12 to 17 who have a passion for making and tinkering with technology.
The program is divided into various modules, each focusing on specific areas such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, project management, and more. Participants will engage in hands-on activities, group discussions, and project-based learning to enhance their leadership skills.
The program is conducted by experienced mentors who are experts in the field of technology and have a passion for teaching young minds. They will guide the participants through the modules and provide them with individualized feedback and support.
At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their skills by leading a team of younger children in a maker project. This will give them the chance to put their leadership skills to the test in a real-world scenario.
Overall, the leadership in training program for MakerKids is designed to empower young individuals and prepare them for a bright future in the world of technology and innovation. It will help them develop essential skills that are necessary for success in any field and instill a sense of confidence and purpose in their lives.
Here is a list of potential course topics for the MakerKids leadership in training program:
- Introduction to leadership in technology and innovation
- Effective communication and teamwork
- Project management and planning
- Creative problem-solving and critical thinking
- Innovation and entrepreneurship
- Design thinking and rapid prototyping
- Presentation and public speaking skills
- Conflict resolution and negotiation
- Ethical considerations in technology and innovation
- Time management and productivity
Note: The specific topics covered in the program may vary depending on the program’s duration, the age group, and the participant’s overall goals.
MakerKids Mindset for Coding: Resilience
Coding requires a lot of trial and error. Programmers spend most of their time figuring out why the code they thing should be working, keeps failing. The resilience to dig into error messages, run countless tests, address numerous bugs, and often starting from scratch with a different approach, is what eventually leads to rewarding success. This resilience can be used in many areas of life and is a valued skill worth having.
Requirements for In-Person Programs:
- None! You can use one of our laptops or bring your own, if it has the specs below
Basic Requirements for Virtual Programs:
- A laptop or desktop
- Internet connection
- Headset with microphone and headphones (or computer with microphone and speakers)
- Keyboard and a mouse
- Chrome browser
- Webcam (optional)
For more information, visit our FAQ page.
1 hour or 2 hours
Choose between a 1 hour or 2 hour weekly timeslot
1:5 instructor:maker ratio
1:5 instructor:maker ratio or better
Project-based learning, allowing kids to join anytime. Projects combine foundational building blocks with new material, which teaches and reinforces concepts in new ways to learn by doing.
1 – 5+ years
Participants typically stay in this program for 1-5+ years.
Why Parents and Children Love MakerKids
With a passion for youth and technology, our Maker Mentors recognize the uniqueness of your child and fosters their creative side and joy for STEM. Maker Mentors are trained to have students focus on the why and discover the logic behind the code instead of following a prescriptive set of instructions.
Weekly programs are built for all interests and experience levels. See the excitement in your child as they watch their work come to life. All classes include mini-lessons on internet safety and computer literacy so your child is better prepared to navigate the digital world.
With a 5 to 1 child to staff ratio and a focus on collaborative problem solving our classes are designed for your child to actively participate. Parents are amazed at how fast their child opens up socially, as they connect and build friendships with like-minded children.
“Our kids also enjoy learning a new coding language and I’ve watched my younger one who started off being a bit shy and unwilling to share online to make new friends and became one of the most talkative ones in class.”
– Debbie Fung
Max, age 11
- After starting our program, Max taught a coding class at his school. Over a 10 week period, Max taught 60 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 school district Vice President!
Meet An Instructor
Meet Ariel, One of Our Maker-Mentors
Certified Teacher with a Background in Early Childhood Education
Hello, my name is Ariel! I have worked for the YMCA, volunteered for day camps and had a number of placements in other learning spaces such as TDSB classrooms and the Boys and Girls Club. I completed my undergrad at Ryerson University where I studied Early Childhood Education. I most recently earned my Bachelors of Education at University of Ontario Institute of Technology where I graduated with the highest distinction. More simply put, I love learning.
Specialties: Teaching children with unique skills and abilities, meeting diverse learning needs and optimism!