Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome
Hardware + Software
LEDs, sensors, and more
What will kids learn?
At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including robotics, design, engineering, coding, problem solving and leadership.
What do kids make?
Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include light shows, Minecraft contraptions, apps, 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.
Through a hands-on experience, kids will master Robotics, Coding or Minecraft in our Summer Camps, build leadership skills, meet other kids who are makers, make your own project, and more.
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 camps 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.
Leading Edge Technology
We use leading edge technology used by industry professionals. We use Arduinos, which was used to prototype the Square Reader, in our robotics programs. Kids will work with real coding languages, wires, LEDs and more to create their robotic inventions.
Space to Experiment
Learn technical skills!
Robotics and Electronics
Learn soft skills!
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
While school’s out, keep kids away from their iPads with a trip to MakerKids, an intensely creative DIY emporium. Amateur Elon Musks are invited into a room full of supplies to bring techy fantasies to life: crayons for drafting, 3-D printers for making new shapes and easy electrical kits for robotics.Toronto Life Magazine
This MakerKids Graduate learned key sound, robotics and design concepts and now runs his own business fixing stereo equipment in his neighbourhood!
|9:00-9:15||Welcome to MakerKids and ice breakers|
|9:15-11:00||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
|11:10-12:00||Coding Discovery |
Kids learn how to code using a language like Scratch to create their own games
We bring kids to a neighbouring park to play games
|1:50-3:20||Minecraft Discovery |
Kids will create unique contraptions with in the program with other students.
|3:20-3:30||Show and Tell and Clean Up |
See the work the kids have created!
$400-$500 per camp
- All materials for activities
- Laptops to use
- Experienced instructors
- One-on-one coaching
- Lunch included
- Kids may take home their digital projects
How do our Camps Work?
MakerKids Ashbury College Camp Schedule
362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
|July 4-7||4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)|
|July 10-14||5-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)|
|July 17-21||Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Summer Camp|
|July 24-28||Coding: Video Game Design and Launch|
Coding: Video Game Design and Launch Camp
Learn different coding languages at MakerKids! Kids can learn how to code with Scratch, Stencyl, Caterpillar and Ardublock! Code your own video game, apps and objects.
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. Learning to code through game creation is a fun and rewarding way to begin solving problems.
Our coding programs are interdisciplinary. Programs also involve design, logic, math, computer skills, teamwork and creativity.
Kids will learn everything they need to know to create their very own game: character development, storyboarding, animation, environment and level design, beta testing and, of course, coding.
In this program, kids will dive into two coding programs: Stencyl and Scratch. Scratch is a popular introductory programming language made by MIT that uses building blocks of code that fit together to create a program, with no complicated spelling or grammar to worry about. Like Scratch, Stencyl uses visual coding language (block-based coding) and prepares students with the foundation for many other programming languages like Python Java, and C.
Kids will gain a comprehensive understanding of game-making. Learning any new language or skill learning to code takes practice, and with video game creation practice is fun. Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on games together and play together.
Example projects: Multi level games, space, maze and adventure games!
Breaks, games and park time is also included for kids to exercise their imagination, have fun and strengthen team building.
21st Century Skills
Students will meet other like-minded kids and will be able to collaborate on games together and play together. They will learn, both, technical and soft skills like engineering, coding, communication, logic and game design.
Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
Do you like building things and understanding how they work? Have you ever wanted to make your own robot?
Design the world around you! In our Robotics camp, kids will design, plan, program, and build an electronic invention while using an Arduino and learning how to code. Kids will better understand how everyday objects around them work and will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. An Arduino is a microcontroller, a small computer used as the brain of the robot which can be programmed to control the way buttons, motors, switches, sensors, lights, and other electronic parts interact. They are used by industry professionals and were used to prototype the Square Reader!
In this innovative camp, kids will learn how to program lights, sounds and movement. With key design and robotics skills explored, there’s no telling what kids could make!
Light, motion, and sound classes act as an intro to new wiring techniques/programming structure and scientific principles behind them (e.g. electromagnetism converting electricity into motion). During free build, kids will experiment and create a whacky instrument (e.g. first day may entail coding a song, then on the second day kids can add lights and moving parts).
Kids will experiment with LED, dimming LEDs, motion sensors, and light sensors. Projects include creating a cat alarm, environmental nightlight and light shows.
Students will make music with bells, buzzers, speakers and mics through generating and modify sound and electric waves. They can create something as simple as a doorbell or morse code over a telephone wire to sounds of a full orchestra.
Let’s get moving! Kids will mobilize their invention and create amazing projects like cars, moving secret doors, timed lockboxes and more. Kids will work with other kids to design and test their robots.
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, Robotics: Make Sound will advance skills in communication, leadership, design and critical thinking.
4-5 Day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
Make something awesome, create your own inventions and collaborate with others! We aim to create a transformative experience for kids to empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to create a better world.
In our Idea Incubator Camps, kids will dive into our three core STEM topics (Coding, Robotics and Minecraft) to propel their ideas, help them create something awesome and realize their full potential.
In Coding, kids will use Scratch and Stencyl to design their own video game and app. Fundamentals of game design will be taught in Scratch and kids will be able to take it up a notch as they progress in Stencyl, where they will be able to make and launch their game! They will learn about game design, graphic design, animation, and how to test and launch their games.
By programming Arduinos, kids can bring their out-of the-box musical inventions to life in our Robotics days. Coding through a block-based language, Ardublock, kids will get hands-on as they craft their creations. Kids will work with buzzers, sensors, motors and more. They may make instruments that spin, light up or even make a theremin!
In our Minecraft foundational day, collaboration and sharing skillsets with other students are key. As a team, they will work creatively (e.g. 3D design from the scale of pixels to entire digital worlds), learning technical skills, as they progress through the mechanics of Minecraft, and bolster their social skills through compromise and conflict resolution within their virtual and classroom community.
Join us for a week of creation, ideation, making and working with others.
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.
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 with Arduinos?
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 robotics 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 include laptops, Arduinos, mics, wires and more.
What will my kid make?
Kids will create robotic inventions using sound. 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 and electronics and the actual code used to program the Arduinos.