A FREE summer camp for building, tinkering and exploring. Online and in your neighborhood!

July 7th-August 15th, 2014
Daily at 11am Pacific Time

A FREE summer camp for building, tinkering and exploring. Online and in your neighborhood!

July 7th-August 15th, 2014
Daily at 11am Pacific Time

Maker Camp Season 2012

Week One

Week One

Air Compressed Rocket

— Makers: Rick Schertle

Start your own space program by learning to build and launch rockets. Just don’t try and send the family pet into orbit. Watch the Hangout — here

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Animated GIFs

— Makers: Jared Ficklin

I Design, Describe and try to RAWK. — OccupationCreative Disrupter, User Exprience Simulator, Interaction Designer, Technology Spirit Guide. Watch the Hangout — here

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Homemade Terrarium

— Makers: Natalie Villalobos

Bring a little bit of the great outdoors into your house by creating a mossy woodland mason jar terrarium. Or build yourself a desktop biosphere, it’s like adopting a billion tiny pets you can barely see. Just don’t let them escape. Watch the Hangout — here

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Polymer Clay

— Makers: Mark Frauenfelder

Free your inner artist by learning to sculpt gifts for friends and family out of polymer clay. Or make a bunch of freaky monster figurines. Your call. Watch the Hangout — here

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Research & Innovation Lab

— Makers: Ford

Hit the gas and join us on a field trip to the future! We’re heading befind the scenes at the Ford Research & Innovation lab to see what kinds of crazy new technologies are being built into the cars of tomorrow. Watch the Hangout — here

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Week Two

Week Two

DIY Bling

— Makers: Kerli

Euro pop star and legit maker Kerli shows us how to add a little swag to just about anything. Watch the Hangout — here

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Fun with Ropes

— Makers: Gever Tulley

Gever Tulley, author of 50 Dangerous Things, demos the basics of rope and knot typing, so the next time you’re kidnapped by pirates you’ll know your way around the riggings. Watch the Hangout — here

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Kryptonite Candy

— Makers: Jon Johns

Jon reveals the secret recipe that glows in the dark, weakens Superman, and tastes pretty darn good too. Watch the Hangout — here

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Electric Origami

— Makers: Lenore Edman

Free your inner artist by learning to sculpt gifts for friends and family out of polymer clay. Or make a bunch of freaky monster figurines. Your call. Watch the Hangout — here

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Octocopters in Nature

— Makers: Natl. Geographic

Witness filmmaking’s flying future with the National Geographic Octocopter: a camera, four propellers, and some of the most incredible nature footage ever recorded. Watch the Hangout — here

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Week Three

Week Three

Junk Art Robots

— Makers: Joe Szuecs

Got junk? Of course you do. Learn how to create a robot out of the stuff your family has lying around. Watch the Hangout — here

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Stop Motion

— Makers: Lance Ulanoff

Now that you’ve got a robot, it’s time bring it to life. Learn the secrets of stop motion, and get your machine moving. Watch the Hangout — here

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Potato Cannon

— Makers: Dan Spangler

Learn how to build your own potato cannon, and see how far you can launch a tennis ball. Watch the Hangout — here

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Needle Towers

— Makers: Bill Gurstelle

Dare to test the very laws of physics as you build structures that look like they should be impossible. Watch the Hangout — here

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NASA

— Makers: NASA

Maker Camp blasts off with a Field Trip Friday to NASA. Watch the Hangout — here

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Week Four

Week Four

Hardware Jewelry

— Makers: Brit Morin

Learn how to make funky futuristic jewelry from the hardware you can find on the floor behind your workbench. Watch the Hangout — here

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Mold Making

— Makers: Jason Babler

Learn how props (and much, much more) are made using molds. If you can dream it, you can mold it! Watch the Hangout — here

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Marbled Paper

— Makers: Dale Dougherty

Bring some wavy color to your favorite paper stock by learning the decorative process of marbling. Watch the Hangout — here

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Coke Mentos Rocket Car

— Makers: Eepybird

Create a rocket car that zooms on fuel made form Coke and Mentos. Watch the Hangout — here

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Prehistoric Makers

— Makers: Smithsonian Field Trip

Go behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and see how early humans were the first makers. Watch the Hangout — here

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Week Five

Week Five

Woven Map Basket

— Makers: Tiffany Threadgould

With GPS, paper maps are a thing of the past. Instead of tossing them, let’s use them to take basket weaving in a new direction. Watch the Hangout — here

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Robot Bird

— Makers: RobotGrrl

Meet RobotGrrl and her posse of robotic friends and learn about how humans and robots will get along in the future. Watch the Hangout — here

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Squishy Circuits

— Makers: AnnMarie

Use squishy circuits to learn about the science of electricity without worrying about burning your eyebrows off. Watch the Hangout — here

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Intro to CompSci

— Makers: Limor Fried

Limor Fried, founder of Adafruit, shows off the power of computer science and electronics. Watch the Hangout — here

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Exploring Science, Deep Underground

— Makers: CERN

Take a Eurotrip to CERN, the home of the world’s biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider. Watch the Hangout — here

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Week Six

Week Six

DIY Bookbinding

— Makers: Jimmy DiResta

Learn to put a book together just like bookbinders did back in the day. Watch the Hangout — here

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Marshmallow Cannon

— Makers: Joey Hudy

Create a marshmallow cannon out of pvc piping and an air compressor. Just try and save some of your ammo for smores-you’ll be hungry when you’re done. Watch the Hangout — here

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Global Edition

— Makers: Young Makers

Check out what the junior counselors at the Maker Shed have created using 3D printing, and journey across the world to see how young Makers in Sierra Leone are hacking FM radios. Watch the Hangout — here

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Board Game Creation

— Makers: Blake Maloof

Good board games don’t just happen. Meet Blake Maloof and I-Wei Huang, the Toy and Character Director at Skylander, and find out what goes into making a great game. Watch the Hangout — here

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Going to Disney!

— Makers: Walt Disney Imagineering

A lot of technology goes into creating the rides, robots and models that make up the happiest place on Earth. Meet the Walt Disney Imagineers: the men and women behind the Magic Kingdom. Watch the Hangout — here

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