“MakerKids is a cool place where it’s cool to be smart.”
“Great company! great people! I really respect what these guys are doing.”
“I think that MakerKids is doing some outstanding things for kids. Let’s get more kids into making.”
“Artash developed more confidence and skills about DIY projects at MakerKids. He enjoyed tinkering and interacting with mentors and getting his numerous questions answered.”
“Kids come in here not knowing what they can do and they leave with a phenomenal amount of self-confidence, and capability.”
“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.”
Vast new frontiers for learning are possible by embracing the Maker Movement, but most schools don’t have enough in-house expertise needed to go there. With MakerKids, you’ll have the expertise you need. You’ll be amazed by the potential in your students. MakerKids will help you release it.”
“Working together with the MakerKids staff to create a unique social skills group has been fantastic and created a fun engaging learning environment. Their staff have been great at connecting with the kids and working with a behaviour analyst to adapt their programming to the needs of the clients.”
“MakerKids has impressed me from the start. It’s the ultimate playground for wired, technology- oriented kids or any child that wants to play “inventor”, and what kid doesn’t! The atmosphere is relaxed and the teaching method is child-centered. Creativity comes first and no question is left unanswered. Experimentation and the learning process are emphasized more than the end result.”
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.
“We now know that kids learn best by doing. MakerKids is possibly the best example of learning by doing out there today. Our seven-year-old absolutely thrives on the tactile building, assembling and design thinking that is embedded in the programs. Highly recommend for any kids and wish I had something like this growing up.”
“A most excellent program and apparently unique in the world so far. My nine year old son had a blast, is recommending it to all his friends and would have set up camp there permanently if I let him! Higher praise has no nine year old believe me! And a strong focus on woman role models makes this a natural for girls interested in STEM too. I highly recommend it.”
“MASSIVE CAMP SUCCESS!! ☺️
For kids on the spectrum, it is common to have very specific interests. For Malcolm, he loves STEM learning: Robotics, programming, app design and YES Minecraft. This week is pretty much like Disney Land for him!!! It’s been an entire summer of waiting, planning and a little bit of fear on his part. Transitions aren’t always easy. I am so crazy delighted to say we’ve made it to Toronto and I left Malcolm feeling like he has joined his “pack” this morning! I’m not sure I’ve EVER seen him so happy and engaged. A happy child makes for one VERY happy (albeit tired) mom. I’ll take it. My heart is so full! Big thanks to MakerKids for being so detailed in making this experience happen!”
“My son has been in the Idea Incubator class for 10 weeks now. He looks forward to it every week and can really articulate what he’s learning – which to me means that he’s really understanding it.
Since joining MakerKids we’ve talked about our experience so positively that three other kids we know have joined!! (2 girls, 1 boy).
As an educator myself it’s a real pleasure to see ACTUAL student-centred enthusiasm-driven learning happening. It’s clear that so much thought is going in to fostering an environment where curiosity is supported and encouraged. Our son is gaining confidence and competence at a rapid rate in this program.
Thank you, very sincerely, MakerKids for your excellent programs! We feel so lucky to have found you!”
“My son has an IEP for dyslexia and previously would cry with frustration when he had to read. He took the Minecraft virtual camps with MakerKids during covid and it’s been an incredible experience for him! His mastery of Minecraft has given him so much confidence, he’s so excited and now he’s doing great in school. Thank you MakerKids for the exceptional service and fantastic teachers! We love the coding camps and virtual birthday parties too!!”
“I’m the co-founder of Yoga Tree Studios, a network of five yoga studios offering 2000 classes a month in Toronto, all studios were closed on March 15th due to COVID-19.
I have two boys age 7 and 9 and since March, all members of our family (my husband and partner, co-founder of Yoga Tree and my two kids) were either learning or working from home.
The public school system pivoting to online had it’s limitations, with only one weekly check-in with their homeroom teacher as a group for 30 minutes, the rest of the time, we as parents had to fill the void with the lack of kids programs available from home.
I’ve signed up my two boys Preston and Connor for Makers Kids COVID-19 Coding Program from Home since March and continued till June, every day, Monday to Friday for 2 hours 1 pm-3pm. Jason and I look forward to 1 pm daily, as these two hours are our most productive hours working from home where we can focus and efficiently use my time replying to emails and connecting with my Yoga Tree team via zoom.
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.
Maker Kids also makes it fun for kids with weekly Minecraft Wednesdays where kids can come together as a team to strategize and work together as a team online to navigate through the game.
Signing up for virtual coding camp in COVID-19 was definitely was a positive experience for my kids while keeping parent’s work productivity high!”
“I honestly can’t say enough good things about MakerKids, Jenn, and the rest of the team. When my son started his first multi-week Arduino class last spring, he had only done a few open-make days, and had never – not ever – done an extracurricular program or camp. He is 11, super-bright, with high-functioning autism, and always found the challenge of being successful in a group of peers when there are activities happening totally beyond him. Right from the first day of the class at MK though, every single member of the staff strove to understand exactly what my son’s anxieties were, and accommodate him. They immediately connected with his passion for building and technology, and used that as a way to make him feel connected to the program and the group. He loved every class, and Thursdays quickly became the best day of the week by a long shot. His confidence grew immeasurably, and he loved every minute of the course. He was able to learn first hand about the process of building a project from the ground up, from planning, to revision, to the multiple steps in testing and revising and failing and trying again. Most of all, he was clearly delighted to be in a place and with people who not only “got” him, but loved the same things that he does. His passions and interests – which are usually only marginally addressed and fostered in school and other settings – were encouraged and celebrated. You can’t get better than that. This past summer he also did a one week camp session at MK, and from start to finish, he had a blast. He was outgoing, relaxed and even helpful with some of the younger kids in the group, and was able to handle things which a short time ago would have been overwhelming. Best of all, he was so excited and proud of what he was accomplishing every day, and eager to do more. Truly I think if he came up with a place where he felt right at home, with everything he could ask for there, he’d be talking about MakerKids. Ok, maybe he would like a jet engine, but otherwise, it’s just about perfect.
“MakerKids came on my radar after Googling the game Minecraft, a game that my kids are very passionate about. What a lucky find! Every Thursday now my twin 9 year old boys play their favourite game with other fans in a safe, fun and welcoming atmosphere. The mandate that we are all “makers” and that creativity is the beginning of any great idea is apparent in the relaxed accepting vibe of the space and in the approach of the facilitators. Makers themselves, they seem to intuitively embrace and encourage what other classes and systems work so hard to repress. 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.”