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MakerTeens is an exciting program designed specifically for teenagers who are interested in exploring the world of technology, engineering, and creativity. In this program, participants will learn a variety of skills and tools that will allow them to create and innovate in ways they never thought possible.
The program curriculum will include a focus on Python, a versatile and powerful programming language that is used in many fields, including web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and more. Participants will learn the fundamentals of Python and gain a solid foundation in text-based coding.
Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the world of electronics and robotics through Arduino, a microcontroller that can be programmed to control a variety of devices and sensors. They will learn how to write code to interact with the physical world, creating projects that can sense and respond to their environment.
Throughout the program, participants will work on individual and group projects, developing their creativity and problem-solving skills. They will learn how to think critically and solve complex problems, using their newfound skills and knowledge to create innovative solutions to real-world challenges.
Participants will be guided by experienced instructors who are passionate about technology and education. They will have the chance to connect with like-minded peers, collaborate on projects, and share their knowledge and skills.
By the end of the program, participants will have gained a strong foundation in advanced coding, as well as a deep understanding of electronics, robotics, and physical computing. They will have the skills and confidence to create innovative projects and pursue their interests in technology and innovation. Whether they are interested in pursuing a career in technology or simply want to explore their passion for making things, MakerTeens is the perfect program for teenagers who want to take their skills and creativity to the next level.
Teens learn core skills that get applied in projects to integrate their learning and make it fun. Some of the core skills learned and sample projects made include:
MakerTeens Mindset: 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
1:8 instructor:teen ratio
1:8 instructor:teen 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 Teens Love MakerKids
With a passion for youth and technology, our Maker Mentors recognize the uniqueness of your teen 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 teen as they watch their work come to life. All classes include mini-lessons on internet safety and computer literacy so your teen is better prepared to navigate the digital world.
With a 8 to 1 to staff ratio and a focus on collaborative problem solving our classes are designed for your teen to actively participate. Parents are amazed at how fast their teen 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!