Camps and Classes

Maker Camp is partnering with Makers to bring both single day classes and multi day camps. Please check back often for new listings. Spaces are limited so sign up while there is still space left!

Let’s Make a Movie with TechnoChic

This workshop will sell fast. Register Today!

Tuesdays, Sep 29 thru Oct 20, 2020
at 1:00 -2:30 PM PDT / 4:00 – 5:30 EDT
(Email [email protected] to request alternate times.)

What makes a great story? How do movies get made? Let’s learn by doing!

Storytelling is an essential skill to communicate, inspire, and let your voice be heard. In 5 weeks, you’ll practice your craft by making your own movie. Explore writing, storyboarding, casting, shooting, editing, and even have your own film premiere! 

Tell your story your way – whether it be through live-action, stuffed animal puppets, stop motion, illustration, or a style you create! Receive valuable feedback from your peers and the instructor and praise from Film Festival Attendees!

  • Five 1.5 hour sessions starting September 29th,
    Weekly, Tuesdays 1-2:30pm PDT / 4-5:30pm EDT
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is suitable for ages 10 and up.

Class Materials:

A video camera or smartphone with a video camera and microphone. A smartphone with Adobe Premiere Rush (free) or other video editing software.

Weekly Breakdown:

  • Week 1: What makes a great story? Outlines, Scripts, and Storyboards. At home challenge: Write a script and/or create storyboards
  • Week 2: Cameras, Casting & Planning your shoot. At home challenge: Shoot the main scenes in your movie
  • Week 3: Editing Video. At home challenge: Edit the first draft of your movie
  • Week 4: Adding Details: Titles, Effects, Voice Overs, and Music. At home challenge: Finish your movie and invite friends to the Film Festival!
  • Week 5: Film Festival!


Move and Groove with Sandy Roberts and Makey Makey

Classes expected to sell fast. Class size is limited! Register for one, some, or for all. Register for all four classes and save. You will also get access to a private “classroom” to share projects, ask questions and receive feedback.

Thursdays, October 1st thru October 22nd, 2020
at 1:00 -2:30 PM PDT / 4:00 – 5:30 EDT
(Email [email protected] to request alternate times.)

The Makey Makey is an invention kit designed by MIT. It allows a user to connect everyday objects to the computer and Internet. That means that you can control that computer using bananas, PlayDoh, aluminum foil, even graphite from a pencil! Using Scratch — a free block-based visual programming language designed for kids — we’ll merge creativity and technology to make projects that will have you moving, dancing, gaming, and having fun.

Get your Makey Makey Classic and get ready to Move and Groove with Sandy Roberts!

  • Four 1.5 hour sessions starting October 1st
    Weekly, Thursdays 1pm-2:30pm PDT / 4pm-5:30pm EDT
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program best suited for kids ages 8-13.

Let’s get creative and sing! Whether you choose a favorite song or make one up on your own, we’re going to bring your music to life. With Scratch we’ll record your voice, then use code to add music, create animations, and more. To control our animated song, we’ll draw an original touch pad and use the Makey Makey to connect our masterpiece together.

Materials:

  • A Makey Makey kit
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 1 USB Cable
  • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
  • Copy paper
  • A #2 pencil or Circuit Scribe pen

Every band needs a drummer! So we’ll customize a cartoon drummer in Scratch and then animate it on screen. Using code, we’ll teach our drummer bot to play some beats. Then we’ll finish up by making our own drum set from upcycled materials and connect it all together with the Makey Makey. More Cowbell!

Materials: 

  • A Makey Makey kit
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 1 USB Cable
  • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Rubber bands or tape
  • Old coffee cans, oatmeal containers, yogurt cups or similar items

At the front of every rock band is the guitar hero. So let’s build our own four-string cardboard guitar and make some music. Be sure to break out the art supplies too, so your instrument looks perfect for a superstar. Using Scratch you’ll learn to code different notes, change the pitch or volume of your tunes, and more. So rock on!

Materials:

  • A Makey Makey kit
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 1 USB Cable
  • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
  • Scissors, craft knife or cardboard cutter
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Maker tape or ¼” conductive tape with conductive adhesive or aluminum foil
  • Crafts supplies like markers, stickers, paint, etc.

So you think you can dance? Time to prove it. We’ll start by building our dance pad out of cardboard and aluminum foil. Then we’ll code our own dance-off game using Scratch. You can add animation and sounds effects too, to make your game as awesome as you like. Then challenge your family and find out who has the best dancing skills!

Materials:

  • A Makey Makey kit
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 1 USB Cable
  • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
  • Scissors, craft knife or cardboard cutter
  • Aluminum foil
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glue stick or white glue
  • Paint or colored paper
  • Permanent markers
  • Double-sided adhesive foam squares
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Duct tape
  • A standard 9-inch pie plate (optional)
  • Hardware
    • A Makey Makey Classic kit
    • 7 alligator clips (included)
    • 1 USB Cable (included)
    • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
    • Maker tape or ¼” conductive tape with conductive adhesive or aluminum foil
  • Tools
    • Scissors
    • Craft knife or cardboard cutter (optional)
  • Craft Supplies
    • Aluminum foil
    • Rubber bands or tape
    • Old coffee cans, oatmeal containers, yogurt cups or similar items
    • Corrugated cardboard
    • Glue stick or white glue
    • Paint or colored paper
    • Permanent markers
    • Double-sided adhesive foam squares
    • Ruler or tape measure
    • Duct tape
    • A standard 9-inch pie plate (optional)
    • Copy paper
    • A #2 pencil or Circuit Scribe pen
    • Crafts supplies like markers, stickers, paint, etc.

Maker Camp Paper Airplanes with World Record Holder John Collins

Space is LIMITED. Register Today!

Saturdays, Oct 3 thru Oct 24, 2020
at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT
(Email [email protected] to request alternate times.)

World Record Holder, John Collins, shows you the tricks behind his best paper airplanes, and teaches you how to make the world record plane. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll learn proper techniques along with key folding moves. You’ll have a proper tool kit of folding skills, with which to start designing your own planes. What’s the difference between a dart, a glider, and a stunt plane? You’ll learn that too, along with throwing and adjusting tricks to make any paper airplane fly better.

  • Four 1-hour weekly sessions starting October 3rd
  • Saturdays 10am-11-am PDT / 1pm-2pm EDT
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is suitable for all ages.
  • John’s latest book that contains every plane from his world famous paper airplane show. $17.99 value FREE with sessions. International Shipping is an additional fee.
  • You’ll get John’s paper airplane hangar, a series of videos teaching planes from John’s books. $19.00 Value FREE with sessions
  • John usually charges $120 per hour for private, or semi-private classes. Four classes for $89 with a book and video instructions is a special offer through Maker Camp.

World Record Holder, John Collins, shows you the tricks behind his best paper airplanes, and teaches you how to make the world record plane. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll learn proper techniques along with key folding moves. You’ll have a proper tool kit of folding skills, with which to start designing your own planes. What’s the difference between a dart, a glider, and a stunt plane? You’ll learn that too, along with throwing and adjusting tricks to make any paper airplane fly better.

Learn the aerodynamics along with the fun flying paper airplanes.

You’ll learn at least 12 planes, 6 key origami techniques, proper folding techniques and some key aerodynamic principles: everything you need to start (or continue) designing your own paper airplanes. Time permitting, more planes will be added to each session. It’s interactive, so ask questions, suggest models to learn, and have a great time! Fly for fun, or fly for competition. World Record Holder, John Collins reveals the secrets to making great paper airplanes.


Learn Electronics the Fun
Way with Circuit Blox 800

Register today to get the E-Blox 800 kit and 4 personal online instructional sessions. Register early to allow time for shipping. Camp can be purchased separately if you already have the E-Blox 800 kit.

Wednesdays, October 14th thru November 4th, 2020
at 1:30 -2:30 PM PDT / 4:30 – 5:30 EDT
(Email [email protected] to request alternate times.)

Have fun with Dr. E-Blox as you learn how to build 3D circuits with the E-Blox Circuit Blox 800 project set that add lights, sounds and motion to your brick structures. 

In this camp you will build along with Dr. E-Blox to make 3D circuits that light colorful LEDs, launch a fan high in the air, create cool sirens, music and space battle sounds and create an induction spinner.  And everything you build can then be integrated into your own brick sets (e.g. LEGO) to enhance the play fun!  You will also be fascinated by Dr. E-Blox as he explains how all the circuits work and their STEM aspects in the real world. 

Spots are limited…sign up now so you don’t miss out on all the circuit building and STEM learning fun with Dr. E-Blox and the Circuit Blox 800 project set!

  • Four 1-hour weekly sessions starting October 14th
  • Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm PDT / 4:30-5:30pm EDT
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is suitable for 8 and up.
  • Build Lamp & LED circuits & learn about Light
  • Build an Alarm module and learn about Sound
  • Build Motor/Fan Launching circuit & learn about motors & lift
  • Build & learn about how various types of switches work
  • Build variable light & sound circuits & learn about Resistors
  • Build a wake up alarm and learn about Photo-resistors
  • Build a delay circuit & learn about Capacitors
  • Build an Amplifier circuit and learn about Transistors
  • Build an Induction Spinner and Learn about Inductors
  • Build a sound module and learn about how Speakers work
  • Create different Sirens, Music & Space battle sounds & learn about Integrated Circuits
  • Build an Oscillator circuit and learn about 2-stage transistor circuits
  • Watch Circuit Blox Cityscape Master Build
  • And much more!

Make a Light Up Unicorn Headband with TechnoChic

Register for the workshop & get your kit. Register early to allow for shipping time.

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
from 1:00 – 3:00 PM PDT / 4:00 – 6:00 PM EDT
(Email [email protected] to request alternate times.)

Unicorns are unique and special creatures – and so are you! Learn to make your own Unique Unicorn headband that lights up in this hands-on workshop. Each participant will build, design, and style their own light-up unicorn horn!

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  • Two hour workshop Wednesday October 21st,
  • 1pm-3pm PDT / 4pm-6pm EDT
  • Online Session will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is suitable for all ages.
  • Workshop registration comes with the TechnoChic Light Up Unicorn Kit

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