Camps and Classes

Summer is in full swing and Maker Camp is partnering with Makers to bring both single class sessions and multi day and or sessioned camps. Please check back often for new listings. Spaces are limited so sign up while there is still space left!

Duct Tape DIY: Treasure Box

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Keep your prized possessions safely stowed in a safe you design yourself. Secure an impressive set of duct tape construction skills in this week long class as you transform simple supplies into a surprisingly strong box, complete with hidden compartments, sturdy locks and slick camouflage.

  • Daily Session and Show & Tell from 8am-10am PDT M-F
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is designed for rising 4th and 5th graders

Start with an everyday shipping box and BE COURAGEOUS to take on construction challenges like carving custom shapes out of cardboard and tearing tape to toughen up your lid. Reinforce your box by encasing the entire thing in tape, then scope out the perfect spots for secret compartments. BE REFLECTIVE as you notice how well your compartments are hidden, tweaking and redesigning to make sure they’re deftly disguised. Engineer cleverly concealed locks, then invent creative ways to camouflage your safe for an extra layer of security. By week’s end, you’ll have a (nearly) unbreakable lock box to safeguard your nearest and dearest belongings.

This weeklong class is more than an innovation-igniting project—it’s an immersive experience full of delightful details, including interactive games, silly traditions, snacks (see Additional Prep, below) and dress up days designed to build community, bolster confidence and deliver loads of camp-away-from-camp fun.


Material List

  • 1 full roll (at least 15 yards) of duct tape (ideally in 2+ colors)
  • 1 corrugated cardboard shipping box, approximately 12 x 8 x 8″ (see this size guide for details)
  • 1 corrugated cardboard shipping box bigger than the above (see Additional Prep, below)
  • 1 large pair of scissors (small child safety scissors will be harder to use)

Additional Materials for Wednesday

  • A few items to store in the treasure box
  • Additional materials for Thursday:
  • 1 piece of cotton string, thin nylon cord or yarn, approximately 5 feet long (no clothesline cord, rope, floss, fishing line, etc.)
  • 3+ paperclips of any size (ideally with plastic coating)
  • 2+ durable plastic straws (no bendy or stirring straws)
  • 1 black permanent marker (plus additional colors, if you have them)


Spectacular Superheroes

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Create a collection of gear for an especially super superhero—you! In this weeklong class, you’ll transform into superpowered hero, putting your paper construction skills to the test to craft a custom costume and emblem, along with all the world-saving equipment you need to stock your secret headquarters.

  • Daily Session and Show & Tell from 10:30am-12:15pm PDT M-F
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is designed for rising 2nd and 3rd graders

Start by imagining what kind of hero you’ll be, then BE COURAGEOUS as you share ideas for your alter ego’s awesome name and amazing powers. Design a boldly patterned insignia along with a wearable cape and a symmetrical mask to display it on. Master 3D paper construction techniques to make a strong, rolled-paper staff that emits propulsive rays of cotton-ball power.

Engineer a mighty grappling hook and BE DETERMINED as you reinforce, test and redesign until it’s ready to use on a highstakes training mission. Wrap up the week by dreaming up a trusty sidekick and designing a safe, sturdy vehicle that can withstand a launch off a table, then speed away to save the day.

This weeklong class is more than innovation-igniting projects—it’s an immersive experience full of delightful details, including interactive games, silly traditions, and dress-up days designed to build community, bolster confidence and deliver loads of camp-away-from-camp fun!


Material List

  • A few items to store in the treasure box

Additional Materials for Thursday:

  • 1 piece of cotton string, thin nylon cord or yarn, approximately 5 feet long (no clothesline cord, rope, floss, fishing line, etc.)
  • 3+ paperclips of any size (ideally with plastic coating)
  • 2+ durable plastic straws (no bendy or stirring straws)
  • 1 black permanent marker (plus additional colors, if you have them)


Digital Designers: Artist Studio

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Design a picture-perfect portfolio of fresh, funny digital art in this imaginative weeklong class. Explore design program Pixlr E as you master the ins and outs of digital design, tackling specific photo-editing challenges, open-ended personal projects and everything in between.

  • Daily Session and Show & Tell from 1pm-3pm PDT M-F
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is designed for rising 6th and 7th graders

Start the week by discovering the fun you can have with open-source images. BE DETERMINED as you learn new skills like masking to replace backgrounds and blending different elements of two pictures together to make fantastical custom photos.

Put yourself in the picture by snapping a selfie, extracting the photo and using filters and overlay tools to reimagine it. Use Pixlr’s drawing tools to sketch a figure and transform it into an animated gif. Try your hand at text tools, then BE VISIONARY in brainstorming an idea for an original project with an audience, outcome and medium of your choosing. Come away with a host of new digital design skills and an array of amazing art pieces.

This weeklong class is more than innovation-igniting projects—it’s an immersive experience full of delightful details, including interactive games, silly traditions, snacks (see Additional Prep, below) and dress up days designed to build community, bolster confidence and deliver loads of camp-away-from-camp fun.

Kids will have ongoing access to their Pixlr E accounts so they can keep working on their digital art after class.


Material List

  • Paper and pencil (for sketching ideas)
  • A camera or smartphone (to take a self-portrait)
  • Computer (not a tablet) with a speaker, camera and the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Microsoft Edge
  • Optional (but recommended): a computer mouse
  • Internet access
  • Zoom application installed, signed in with child’s name

Maker Camp Paper Airplanes with World Record Holder John Collins

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Tue, Jul 14, 2020 10:00 AM – Tue, Aug 4, 2020 11:00 AM PDT

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 held on Mondays at 10am PDT starting July 13th
  • 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.


The Buzz Science Camp

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Thu, Jul 23 – Aug 13, 2020 11:00 AM PDT

Embark on a 4 week deep dive into ecosystem science that includes one 60 minute episode per week, plus 60 minutes of additional office hours with Adam and Harv- perfect for troubleshooting projects, scientific discourse or just hanging out.

Through live adventure and storytelling, together we’ll learn how to:

  • Build a mini greenhouse
  • Build a mini composter
  • Conduct a variety of ecosystem science experiments
  • Study STEM heroes
  • Discuss environmentalism and how we can support the movement and each other

First there was the Big Bang, then there was The Buzz, a next generation science experience for kids, hosted by real life science teacher Adam Lazarus and animated Lord Howe Island stick insect Harv Stickly.

Participants will tune in and interact using the ZOOM platform, where we can work as a team while also practicing social distancing. You will also have 24/7 access to The Buzz website to see your handiwork, plus membership to our social media, where you can post about your progress, trade ideas and support your colleagues on difficult projects. You can even take a stance for the planet through climate.z, our brand new student-led platform for environmental activism.

Come be a part of the growing community of fresh minds working to understand and resolve the biggest environmental issues of today, so the air is cleaner and the grass is greener tomorrow. 

Digital Designers: Virtual Zoom Background

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Add some awesome to your online interactions with a custom virtual background. Dive into digital art, mastering the ins and outs of design app Canva. Learn to create a compelling pattern by embracing asymmetry, then explore existing graphics and icons and personalize them to suit your style.

  • Single Session and Show & Tell
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is designed for 6-8th Graders

Kids will have ongoing access to their Canva accounts so they can keep working on their virtual designs after class.

While we offer a similar class for younger kids, the pacing and content of this class is carefully calibrated for rising 6th – 8th graders

Materials

Go to canva.com to create a free account (not the Pro version) using an email address.

Make sure your child knows how to find and open a file that has been downloaded on their computer. You can watch quick videos to learn how in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.


Duct Tape DIY: Cool Cases

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Craft a cool, convenient carrying case to hold something special. Fortify a paper foundation with super-strong duct tape, then add a flap and securing strap to keep your case closed. BE DETERMINED as you master the tricky, sticky basics of duct tape construction, persevering until your case is complete. Learn how to add upgrades like straps, pockets and fringe so you can keep refining your case after class ends.

  • Single Session and Show & Tell
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is designed for rising 4th and 5th Graders

  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small bowl (for sugar)
  • Mesh strainer
  • Electric mixer with beaters
  • Spatula
  • Pastry bag or zipper bag to pipe meringues
  • Parchment paper or baking mat
  • Baking tray
  • Oven
  • Ingredients

Chefology: Marvelous Meringues

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Master kitchen chemistry by making marvelous meringue cookies. Practice the art of egg separating, manipulating the proteins to preserve their bubbles, then whipping them into stiff, airy peaks. BE COURAGEOUS as you learn the tricks of achieving a perfectly puffy texture. Add the flavoring of your choice, then elevate your presentation with custom piping, food coloring, or a post-baking filling for your own take on a crispy classic.

  • Single Session and Show & Tell
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is designed for 6-8th Graders

Materials

  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small bowl (for sugar)
  • Mesh strainer
  • Electric mixer with beaters
  • Spatula
  • Pastry bag or zipper bag to pipe meringues
  • Parchment paper or baking mat
  • Baking tray
  • Oven
  • Ingredients

Paper Builders: Mighty Tall Towers

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Set your sights sky high as you build a tall tower that stands strong. Learn paper rolling and taping techniques to help you construct and connect strong shapes. Test your tower’s sturdiness and BE REFLECTIVE by noticing where it needs to be even stronger. Rebuild until you’ve achieved a towering accomplishment: a skyscraping paper structure that keeps its shape no matter how much weight it holds.

  • Single Session and Show & Tell
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is designed for rising 2nd and 3rd Graders

  • 10+ sheets of standard-size paper (any type or color)
  • Tape (masking preferred)
  • Scissors
  • 2+ quarters
  • 1 set of markers or other drawing tools


Lego® Builders: Symmetrical Structures Class

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Investigate the beautiful balance of your favorite building bricks. Learn the ins and outs of symmetry, then take on a series of symmetrical challenges, from assembling equal-sided figures using a set number of bricks to constructing a harmonious, hole-in-the-middle creation to fashioning the widest shape possible. BE COURAGEOUS as you design, build, and share the biggest symmetrical Lego structure you can imagine.

  • Single Session and Show & Tell
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is designed for rising 1st Graders

  • 10+ handfuls of Lego bricks (or the whole box!)
  • 1 sheet of paper (8.5 x 11″ or larger),
  • Pen
  • Tape