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External School Programs TorontoAbout MakerKids’ School Programs in Toronto:

Want maker activities for kids at your school, library, event, or organization? For schools, we do after-school programs, lunchtime programs, workshops, curriculum-based programs, and more.

All programs are customized according to the school’s needs and curriculum. Our most popular program is our multi-week program, but we also lead workshops and assemblies. We cover topics such as coding, robotics and Minecraft.

School Programs Listing

If you don’t see your school and you know MakerKids will be at your school, registration is done through the school. Please contact your principal or teacher. (ex. KCS, York School, John Wanless)

Father Serra Coding: Code an App (gr. 2-7) - registration open!

8-weeks, $180.80 (tax included)
Thursdays, Jan. 19-March 8, 12-12:45pm

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.

Kids can make a real app using Stencyl! Stencyl is a professional game development environment that uses block-based coding and prepares students with a foundation for other programming languages like Python, Java, and C. They will leave with broad comprehension of logic and design as well as experience editing multiple game assets (e.g. images, code snippets, collision detections, a physics engine) in a single modern interface. This class will provide an opportunity to experiment, share and collaborate in an open-format classroom.

Our Maker Mentors have a background in design, coding and engineering.

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John English Jr Middle School Coding: Code a Video Game (gr. 4-8) - registration open!

8-weeks, $147+tax
Fridays, Oct. 13-Dec. 15, 11:30a-12:30pm

 

Coding: Code a Video Game

 

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.

No class on PA days Nov. 17 and Dec. 1.

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Oriole Jr. PS Mini MakerKids (gr. 1-2) - registration open!

8-weeks, $140+tax
Thursdays, January 18 – March 8, 2018, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Welcome mini MakerKids! This program is designed for little ones who like to think big. Kids will learn how to create and make using various platforms and gadgets. Kids will be exposed to both technical and 21st-century skills, like creativity and confidence. Based on STEM education, kids will build a strong foundation for out-of-the-box thinking, coding and how computers work. Using logic and design, kids will make something amazing and out of this world.
Kids will learn how to use key technology, like computers and pre-built robotics. Kids will touch on all our three core topics: coding, robotics and Minecraft. Key skills kids will learn include: design, the design process, game design, problem-solving and planning. Kids will create, experiment, adjust and retry. The fundamentals of electricity, energy, and programming (how computers think) will be covered in fun ways that kids get to see in action!

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Oriole Jr. PS Robotics: Make it Light (gr. 3-5) - registration open!

8-weeks, $140+tax
Tuesdays, January 16 – March 6, 2018, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Robotics: Make it Light
Create a robotic invention from scratch! 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. Using Arduinos, (industry-standard microcontrollers for prototyping) kids will code, wire and build a robotic invention. Through experimenting, team-work, and with a basic introduction to electricity, kids will take responsibility for their projects from start to finish becoming independent thinkers and engineers.
Our Maker Mentors have a background in design, coding and engineering. MakerKids will provide secure logins, laptops and robotics materials to use.

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Swansea PS Coding: Code an App (gr. 2-4) - registration open!

8-weeks (1.5 hour each week), $250 + tax
Tuesdays,
 Jan. 16 – Mar. 7, 3:30-5pm 

Coding: Code an App Kids can make a real app using Stencyl! Stencyl is a professional game development environment that uses block-based coding and prepares students with a foundation for other programming languages like Python, Java, and C. They will leave with a broad comprehension of logic and design as well as experience editing multiple game assets (e.g. images, code snippets, collision detections, a physics engine) in a single modern interface. This class will provide an opportunity to experiment, share and collaborate in an open-format classroom.

Register here!

Swansea PS Coding: Code an App (gr. 5-8) - registration open!

8-weeks (1.5 hour each week), $250 + tax
Wednesdays, Jan. 17 – Mar. 7, 3:30-5pm

Coding: Code an App Kids can make a real app using Stencyl! Stencyl is a professional game development environment that uses block-based coding and prepares students with a foundation for other programming languages like Python, Java, and C. They will leave with a broad comprehension of logic and design as well as experience editing multiple game assets (e.g. images, code snippets, collision detections, a physics engine) in a single modern interface. This class will provide an opportunity to experiment, share and collaborate in an open-format classroom.

Register here!

Cottingham PS Robotics: Make It Light Up (gr. 2-7) - registration open!

8-weeks (1 hour each week), $140+tax
Mondays, Oct. 16-Dec. 4, 3:20-4:20pm

Robotics: Make It Light Up

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-standard microcontrollers for prototyping) kids will code, wire and build a robotic invention. Through experimenting, team-work, and with a basic introduction to electricity, kids will take responsibility for their projects from start to finish becoming independent thinkers and engineers.

 

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.

Sign up here!

Ashbury College Ottawa: Coding: Code a Video Game (ages 7-15) - registration open!

8-weeks (2 hour each week), $260+tax
Thursdays, Jan. 18-Mar. 8, 3:30-5:30pm

Coding: Code a Video Game

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.

Sign up here!

Program Details

Program Info

Multiweek, workshops, camps, assemblies, field trips and more
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome

Hardware + Software

May include:
Arduino
Ardublock
Scratch
Minecraft
LEDs, sensors, and more

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, rovers, video games, apps and night lights. Learn something awesome and make new friends!

Our Background Partnering with Schools

MakerKids a trusted learning organization leading STEM education, activities and programs for kids and educators. We have been featured on Breakfast Television, Today’s Parent, and named “Best Children’s Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. We have been serving Toronto schools (e.g. Kingsway College School, Toronto French School, TCDSB) for years in programs and professional development.

If your school is interested in hiring us to run maker activities for kids or adults at your location or ours, let us know! Email us for our information pack.

Programs Available

The MakerKids Difference

Great Instructors

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

Our makerspace is a safe space for kids to experiment. Our instructors are first aid trained, police checked, go through rigorous training and assist lead instructors before teaching. Our mentors are trained to work with different learning abilities and behavioural issues. Kids work in groups, design on and offscreen and have time for games/park.

“Inspired by one of our MakerKids’ clubs, a student in grade 5 and his Dad are building an Arduino controller to remotely turn on the cottage water heater in advance of their arrival. This and other amazing projects have been spreading through Kingsway College School thanks to MakerKids.

It’s never been more exciting to be in education; the learning and creativity through technology, coding, electronics and open-ended making are like rocket fuel for the school experience. But schools need help making this available for all their students, and that’s where MakerKids stepped in at KCS. Their focus on children, their passion for learning through making, and their flexibility in providing solutions for our school have been invaluable in our efforts.

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.”

Andrea Fanjoy

Kingsway College School

Why Choose MakerKids?

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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.

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Advanced Curriculum

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.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Real Results

MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.

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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!

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Experience

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.

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