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 2014

Week 1: Makers in Motion

JULY 7th–11th — Be it by land, sea, or air, makers are always moving, using the things we build to propel ourselves forward with the power of our imaginations. Being a part of Maker Camp means you’re on the move as well, and it’s no coincidence we’ll be launching this awesome summer-long journey from the spaceport to the future, the New York Hall of Science.

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Day 1: Monday

Space with Buzz Aldrin and NASA

As we launch into Maker Camp 2014, we dream of life throughout our solar system and reaching to the farthest galaxies. Join us as we go behind-the-scenes at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and see the James Webb Space Telescope being assembled live. For this first day of camp, we will be in residence at the New York Hall of Science where Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin will invite us to participate in his Mars Cycler program.

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Day 2: Tuesday

Vehicles

Imagine if there was a motorcycle that your mom would actually let you ride. Well, the guys at Lit Motors have invented a brand new way of moving around in the world that combines the fun of a motorcycle with the safety of a car. No helmet required! At today's Maker Camp Hangout, we'll chat with Daniel Kim, the founder of Lit Motors, and learn more about how he made this whole new kind of vehicle, and then meet Jesse and Blaine, who created the Rallier car to transform a 1962 Citron CV into a new fuel-efficient roadster.

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Advanced project: Gyrocar
Skill builder project: Car Body with Autodesk 123D

Day 3: Wednesday

Bionic Motion

Visit the robotic zoo of the future today at Maker Camp! Hop on over to Google+ as we explore everything from bionic kangaroos to an elephant trunk-arm. We chat with fluid power engineer Jacqueline MacPherson and robo-wrangler Andrea Ziomek, both of Festo, to learn how this engineering dream factory looks to the natural world for inspiration in the emerging field of bionics. Meet Festo's Aqua Jelly, Aqua Penguin, Aqua Ray, the Airacuda, and more!

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Advanced project: Stroboscope
Skill builder project: Festo Fin Gripper

Day 4: Thursday

Urban Biking

Even among the rough-and-tumble breed of New York City bike messengers, Red Bull Pro Cyclist Austin Horse stands out with his combination of speed, endurance and brains. When he's not racing at breakneck speeds, he's on the road with his clever mobile bike shop. Our other guests Steve Davee and Aiden S will show off a portable workshop of their own design! All three will share their visions of a bike-friendly metropolis today at Maker Camp, and you'll learn some tips on how to be bike-street smart. Plus we'll show you how to make your bike really shine this summer. And don't miss out on the premiere of a new segment Sam + Joe's Corner, made by campers just like you!

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Daily project: Glow Bike
Advanced project: Bike Portable Workbench

Day 5: Friday

Field Trip Friday: Google Treks

For our first 2014 Maker Camp Field Trip, we're going behind the scenes at Google's new service Street View Treks, the next step in providing the most accurate map of the world. We'll be guided by John Bailey, Google Program Manager for Geo Education, and Jill North, Google Associate Program Manager for Streetview North America. Not only will you see detailed images of the world around us, you'll learn how to create "photospheres" of your own neighborhood! Plus get started on your first Weekend Project so you can keep making until Monday!

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Skill builder project: Share Your Photospheres on Views
Weekend project: SunBEAM Seeker Bot

Week 2: Art & Design

JULY 14th–18th — When we make something, we infuse it with a little bit of ourselves, whether it’s a robot or a painting. This week, campers merge form and function to create things that are beautiful as well as useful. People say it’s important to create art for art’s sake; at Maker Camp, we make for making’s sake. Supercampers: To make every single Daily Project this week, some things you may need to buy are conductive thread, some LEDs, CR2032 batteries, and conductive metal tape. The rest you probably have on hand, but please check each project page for the tools and materials to be sure you are all stocked up.

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Day 1: Monday

Wearable Tech, Shiny Shoes

Breathe some life into your closet with some high-tech hacking and haute couture imagination. Becky Stern has been adding electronics to craft and design projects since she was a kid, and she's here to help you make wearables that don't just look smart--they are smart, with chips and circuits stitched right in. Plus, "Fashion's Queen of DIY" Erica Domesek will give some tips for customizing and personalizing your crafty fashion style.

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Daily project: LED Shoe Clips

Day 2: Tuesday

Burns & Birds

Every year, artist, designers and hackers converge in the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man. Makers from around the world use the event to showcase their work in a spirit of self-expression. Our guest today, Jessica Hobbs, is one of the designers behind one of Burning Man's major, commissioned structures: the Temple of Flux. She and two Flux Foundation collaborators will share some secrets about making huge art installations to share with 60,000 of your best friends. Our Flux guests will also lead us in the community education project TweetHaus.

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Daily project: TweetHaus
Advanced project: Solitary Bee Condos

Day 3: Wednesday

Beautiful 3-D Printing

  The first time you see a 3-D printer in action, it's awesome. The possibilities are as endless as your spool of filament! Carla Diana has channelled her love of technology and design into the picture book, LEO, the Maker Prince — where every character in the book can be printed. The founders of Nervous System also stop by to show how they're taking the patterns found in nature and feeding them into digital printers to make some of the most mind-blowing objects you've ever seen.

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Daily project: Yarn Bowl
Skill builder project: Leo the Maker Prince Meshmixed

Day 4: Thursday

Crafting with Electricity
MAKERS: Jie Qi

MIT researcher Jie Qi is pioneering the use of paper, conductive copper tape, and LEDs to electrify your notebooks and letters. Her research investigates new materials and techniques for blending electronics with traditional arts and crafts media to create expressive and personally meaningful technology. Her current project is Circuit Stickers, which turn flexible circuit boards into stickers for making electronics with paper craft. Plus, another episode of Sam + Joe's Corner!

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Daily project: Simple Paper Circuit
Advanced project: Circuit Stickers

Day 5: Friday

Field Trip Friday: Cartoon Network Studios

Adventures in animation! This Friday we’ll explore the fantastical animation creation that is Cartoon Network. From the Land of Ooo to Beach City... from characters like Mordecai and Rigby to Uncle Grandpa... Cartoon Network Studios will show us the weird and wonderful world behind our favorite shows!

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Weekend project: TRS Drawbot

Week 3: Fun & Games

JULY 21st–25th — It wouldn’t be summer if we didn't take time to play. This is the week we devote to making fun. We'll build cars to race and invent new games to play with friends we’ve made at Maker Camp. Everyone wins when we make it ourselves! Supercampers: To make every single Daily Project this week, some things you may need to buy are a piezo and 2x AA battery pack (or a MaKey MaKey), sugar cubes or blocks, metal washers, and binder posts. The rest you probably have on hand, but please check each project page for the tools and materials to be sure you are all stocked up. We're always adding to each week's schedule: check back for updates!

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Day 1: Monday

Circus Carnival

Two Bit Circus productions break down barriers and get people playing together in interactive and meaningful ways.  We’ve developed multiple platforms, both permanent and traveling, that keep people engaged, enriched, and entertained. Learn how they make fun more fun! Then, take out your tweezers and dig into your own custom Operation game.

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Day 2: Tuesday

Mini Golf, Mini Dolls, Mega Fun

Get a hole-in-one! A dream team of industrial designers, robotics engineers, welders and artists — including today's guests Anne Mayoral and Chris Myers — created Urban Putt, a fantastical, high-tech 14-hole mini-golf course. Imagination has free reign and all of the senses are engaged in this technically sophisticated playground for people of all ages. Then we meet Alice Taylor of MakieLabs who shows us how to make another kind of toy: custom dolls.

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Daily project: Mini Foosball Game
Advanced project: MakieLab
Skill builder project: Mini Golf Mechanisms

Day 3: Wednesday

Minecraft Day!
MAKERS: Mojang

Minecraft, where you can build a world from your imagination! But who are the makers behind this makers' utopia? Today we meet with Jens Bergensten LIVE from the global capital of Minecraft, Mojang, where the game is continually built and refined. We'll get a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to develop this uniquely creative game.

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Daily project: Blocky Labyrinth
Advanced project: Lego Ball Maze

Day 4: Thursday

Ramporama

From the zippy little toy cars of Nerdy Derby to Skatehack's sound-enhanced skate ramps, today is our day to launch into fun off of four wheels. Plus, another episode of Sam + Joe's Corner! And we visit with a teenager who is on the cutting-edge of robotics research, a career that started with Lego robotics!

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Daily project: Nerdy Derby

Day 5: Friday

Field Trip Friday: LEGO

We fly over to Europe to visit the beautiful village of Billund, Denmark: the birthplace of the beloved brick made by LEGO for 65 years. We catch up with Lee Magpili of LEGO Education, who will give us a behind-the-scenes tour at the LEGO Idea House.

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Field Trip Friday: Disneyland's Fantasmic!
MAKERS: Fantasmic! team

The forces of good and evil battle in Mickey’s dream during this extravagant musical, pyrotechnic spectacular! Go behind the scenes with Disney at 11am Pacific.

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Week 4: Science & Technology

JULY 28th – AUGUST 1st — Makers push the boundaries—where others see roadblocks, we see opportunities to use our imaginations and the tools around us. If something we need doesn’t exist, we make it. At Maker Camp, it’s up to every one of us to create the future and learning how is the first step. Science & Technology offers many “A-ha!” moments of surprise and delight. Supercampers: To make every single Daily Project this week, some things you may need to buy are an Arduino, the ingredients for ice cream, a clean brush whose handle you can cut off, a motor and some way to power it, and milk and vinegar. The rest you probably have on hand, but please check each project page for the tools and materials to be sure you are all stocked up. We're always adding to each week's schedule: check back for updates!

Jump to a day:


Day 1: Monday

Meet the Finalists
MAKERS: Arsh, Mihir, Myrijam

We meet three regional finalists from the Google Science Fair whose inventions are sure to inspire you! These three young scientists kick off  Maker Camp's Science and Technology Week first thing in the morning in a special early Hangout (two hours earlier at 9am Pacific.)  

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Yes, Arduino!

Arduino has quickly become a world-wide phenomenon, igniting the imaginations of makers, hackers, and artists all over, since it first appeared as a way to help students run interactive design projects with open-source tools. Simply speaking, Arduino is huge in the maker community. We're joined by two Maker superstars: Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi and littleBits' inventor Ayah Bdeir.

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Day 2: Tuesday

Cool Food
MAKERS: Emilie Baltz

The summer is hot and so is Maker Camp! Today we cool down with some tasty treat and a hangout with one of the coolest cooks on this planet, Emilie Baltz. Among her many innovative, food-based projects, Lickestra is one of the best: tunes and scoops! She made it with Carla Diana (whom you may remember from our 3D day in Art & Design week) and musician Arone Dyer of Buke&Gase... and a MaKey MaKey.

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Daily project: Shake Ice Cream

Day 3: Wednesday

Rolling Robots

Robots of the future won't look much like what we think of as robots. Today we meet some gleefully globular ones!

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Daily project: Duster Bot
Skill builder project: Rolly Bot

Day 4: Thursday

Polymer Party

Jane of Sugru shows off her unique self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It molds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight. Developed by a team of product designers and material scientists to be durable in extreme environments from the dishwasher to the ocean in Antarctica, Sugru is so revolutionary it comes with its own manifesto! We'll also talk about the special responsibility that makers have thinking about the life-cycle of their creations. Plus, another episode of Sam + Joe's Corner!

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Daily project: Milk Plastic
Advanced project: Recycled Kaleidoscope
Skill builder project: Toy Hacks with Sugru

Day 5: Friday

Field Trip Friday: Google's Self-Driving Cars

Buckle up for this hangout with Google’s Self-Driving Cars project! Google has been developing prototypes of vehicles that drive themselves—just push a button and they'll take you where you want to go! Today we'll show you what it really takes to bring this technology into the world.

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Week 5: DIY Music

AUGUST 4th–8th — We may not know the name of the song, but if you hum a few bars, we can probably build an instrument to play it on. We learn how at Maker Camp this week. While building a guitar or an amplifier may seem like something only craftspeople can do, you’d be surprised what you can make with a few parts scrounged from around your home. Then it’ll be time to jam with other campers and make some noise! Supercampers: To make every single Daily Project this week, some things you may need to buy are a piezo and an Arduino. The rest you probably have on hand, but please check each project page for the tools and materials to be sure you are all stocked up. We're always adding to each week's schedule: check back for updates!

Jump to a day:


Day 1: Monday

Looping with Reggie Watts
MAKERS: Reggie Watts

Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable – comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie's improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed "disinformationist," Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that's okay – he doesn't either. (from ReggieWatts.com) 

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Daily project: Audio Wordplay
Advanced project: Easy Pitch Control Hack
Skill builder project: littleBits Synth Kit

Day 2: Tuesday

The Soundtrack of the Universe
MAKERS: Kyrsten Mate

Kyrsten Mate makes her living building realistic soundscapes inside the movies that emerge from Skywalker Sound at Industrial Light and Magic. She'll show us some of the tricks of the trade: a surprisingly simple hack to get the voice of an alien, and how to layer lots of sounds to build an aural space. Listen deeply and travel to a faraway fantasy world with us!

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Daily project: Found Sound

Day 3: Wednesday

MaKey MaKey Music

MaKey MaKey co-inventor Eric Rosenbaum returns to Maker Camp to show off everything from a water bucket-based Dance Dance Revolution to a staircase octave to musical paintings. Everything is an instrument when you listen to the world with the ears of JoyLabz Maker dream team! Eric is joined by Beau Silver, brother of the other MaKey MaKey co-inventor, Jay Silver. And their friend Kelly Snook, a London-based engineer who tested some of Eric and Jay's early MaKey MaKey prototypes, will share her work, including those amazing gloves Imogen Heap told us about last year!

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Daily project: Sketch It, Play It
Advanced project: Dance Dip Revolution

Day 4: Thursday

Take the Stage

The members of Maker Faire's most popular and rippin' band, ArcAttack! tear apart the stage... with physics! Plus, we meet two sound engineers from Women's Audio Mission, including Sami of the hit band The She's, AND see another episode of Sam + Joe's Corner.

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Daily project: Piezo Contact Mic
Advanced project: Arduino Theremin
Skill builder project: Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitar

Day 5: Friday

Field Trip Friday: Blue Man Group
MAKERS: Blue Man Group

Hosted by a team of Blue Man Group's performers and technicians, the exclusive Maker Camp tour will showcase how the customized instruments are created and played, the company's one-of-a-kind creative process and much more. Campers will be amazed by the unprecedented amount of backstage and behind-the-scenes access to the famous Las Vegas stage production.

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Weekend project: Raspberry Pirate Radio

Week 6: Make: Believe

AUGUST 11th–15th — In a world where the line between reality and fantasy is thinner than a carbon nanotube, making our imaginations come true can be a whole lot of fun. In this final week of Maker Camp, we bring a little Hollywood magic to life, learning about special effects and make-up, and exploring the "make" in make believe.

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Day 1: Monday

Claymation with Aardman!

You may know Aardman Animations—the recognized world leader in model animation—best for its hilarious and whimsical series Wallace & Gromit, but if you have not yet met Shaun the Sheep then "ewe" are missing out! Today model-making expert Jim shows us how to build a model of Shaun! Finally, we get an introduction to Aardman's new Shaun's Game Academy, which introduces new coders around the world to the power of programming through Scratch.

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Advanced project: Shaun the Sheep

Day 2: Tuesday

Face-to-Face

Makeup effects artist Margaret Caragan is the founder and owner of Pandora FX. She creates highly detailed makeup effects for film. Her specialty is casualty and character makeups, custom prosthetics for creatures, likeness, old age, injuries and extreme transformations.

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Day 3: Wednesday

Field Trip: The White House!

We know The White House as a place that makes news and policy, but what kind of stuff is made there? From the buzzing beehives to the colorful vegetables, White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford will show you what it takes to make the Kitchen Garden grow. Plus learn how you can create your very own garden in your school or community.

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Daily project: Recycled Gardening
Advanced project: Garduino Geek Gardening
Skill builder project: Start a School Garden!

Day 4: Thursday

Paper Performances

Telling stories with paper characters is an old art. Today's guests bring this tradition into the 21st century, with Arduinos, servos, and some downloadable software tools to make Paper Animatronics. Their storytelling brings original robotic characters to life! Plus, another episode of Sam + Joe's Corner!

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Advanced project: Paper Animatronics

Day 5: Friday

Field Trip Friday: Jim Henson's Creature Shop

From the lovable characters on Sesame Street to Lady Gaga’s mechanical unicorn to the digital characters of Sid the Science Kid, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has a long history of combining extraordinary puppet-making skills with cutting-edge animatronic and digital technologies. In our final field trip this summer, Maker Camp goes into their workshop to show you what it takes to bring your favorite characters to life. It’s a rare glimpse behind the magic!

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Weekend project: Vampire Flashlight