Welcome to Maker Camp!

Welcome to Maker Camp 2021!

We are excited to launch a whole new Maker Camp experience for 2021. Newly updated and rebuilt from the ground up, Maker Camp 2021 offers a flexible structure that makes it easy for anyone to host a Maker Camp. Join us to learn about all the exciting offerings for this summer.
  • Explore 7 new Maker Camp Adventure Themes for 2021!
  • Check out over 100 projects that you can curate our own Maker Camp experience from.
  • Discover our new Learning Management System and see all it can do!
  • Get a sneak peek at the great new materials and kits we're featuring this summer!
  • Learn great ways to communicate and stay in touch all summer long!
  • Get tips for making your Maker Camp an amazing experience for campers!
PLUS, we'll officially announce our 2021 FEATURED MAKERS! This year's Maker Camp is bigger and better than ever before. So jot down your questions, bring your favorite project to share, and grab a cup of coffee. It's time to get excited because Maker Camp is here! Haven't registered yet? No problem. There's still time. Visit makercamp.com to register for FREE!

Maker Camp Training: Hosting Great Virtual and Hybrid Camps

Are you planning to host a summer camp with virtual components? Whether some or all of your campers will be tuning in virtually, you need some pointers to help camp run smoothly. Enter Kelsey Derringer and Matt Chilbert from CodeJoy. In just over a year, Kelsey and Matt have planned and hosted hundreds of online camps and served over 7,000 students with groups like UNICEF, UC Berkeley, and the Boys and Girls Club - and they were one of the featured makers from 2020's Family Maker Camp. From camera setup to classroom culture-building online, they have the experience and know-how to help you be successful in your camp this summer! Topics:
  • How to use multiple cameras to make great visual demos
  • Video conferencing features for teaching
  • Establishing classroom norms and culture - even online!
  • Teaching techniques and tools for online engagement
  • Materials management
  • Time management
  • Q and A - bring your questions!
Takeaways from the session:
  • Hyperlinked Google doc with resources and tips
  • Videos to study
  • Interactive learning experience
This training session is open to all registered Maker Camps. Register your Maker Camp today.

Make Camp Training: Mozilla Hubs Exhibition

The Virtual Maker Camp Exhibition is Make Camp’s student driven online exhibition! Imagine a video-game style world where students can put up photos, art, and models of their projects. It includes "spatial voice chat", where multiple groups of attendees can chat with each other in the same room just by standing near each other. Teachers and students come together to showcase their projects. In this Maker Camp training session, we will introduce you how to use Mozilla Hubs to showcase your campers creations. We will lay out the Virtual Maker Camp Exhibition framework and show you as Maker Camp leaders all you need to know to participate. Using Mozilla Hubs, students create their own worlds and exhibition spaces for their in real life creations. Linked together in a network of portals, these virtual galleries can be navigated on our World Map. What we build now will be the road to the future of work and education! Maker Camp Community Partners, attend this session to learn WHAT a showcase on Mozilla Hubs is, get an INTERACTIVE demo, and learn HOW to get your students involved! Not a registered Maker Camp? Register your Maker Camp today.

Maker Camp Training: Sessions with CodeJoy!

This summer, experience an exciting new opportunity with Maker Camp: Daily live interactive robotics shows with CodeJoy! About the Show: CodeJoy's revolutionary new show puts students in the driver's seat - teaching them to code, then watching as their code controls CodeJoy's cardboard robot world in real time! Join Kelsey and her robot friends, Matt the Robot, Elby, and all the rest, as we learn to code and solve interesting problems. How do robots dance? What does a robot's memory look like? How can YOU play robot mini golf? Students will code their way through these and more! Shows change weekly for 5 weeks and include:
  • Robot Mini Golf : Program real motors and play robot Mini Golf LIVE!
  • Robot Aerobics : Puppeteer live robot dancers in a robot dance class!
  • Robot Memories : Help Grandma Dotty fix her broken memories by coding motors and LEDs!
  • Robot Relaxation : Calm down some anxious robots with LEDs and breathing techniques!
About the Experience: Students log into the CodeJoy.Live site individually from a computer or Chromebook. All live video, live chat, and live coding run through the site. No special hardware, software, or experience is necessary. Students' video is off, and chats are private to the host, and no student data is saved, so all CodeJoy shows are completely secure. Participation in these 45 minute shows is limited to 50 participants each show, and with 300 affiliate Maker Camps this summer, spots will fill up quickly! Be sure to reserve your campers' spots today! Maker Camp Community Partners, attend this session to learn WHAT the show is, get an INTERACTIVE demo, and learn HOW to sign your students up to attend! Not a registered Maker Camp? Register your Maker Camp today.

Introduction To Video Production For Makers

In this session, we'll cover the basics to get you started filming and editing your own maker videos. Learn tips and tricks for software, camera gear, microphones, lighting, and more. This is for the absolute beginner who doesn't know where to start and finds all the information out there simply too daunting. Items covered: Filming:
  • framing
  • lighting
  • planning and timing
  • camera basics
  • audio gear
  • lighting for cheap and basic lighting concepts
  • software options
  • basic editing concepts
  • basic audio concepts
  • tips for better production
  • uploading to youtube
"Photo by Wahid Khene on Unsplash"

Kinetic Fish Sculptures

Join puppeteer, sculptor, and storyteller Dave English for a three hour tour of his puppet studio and online education laboratory as he leads you through the steps of making your own jiggling wiggling kinetic fish sculpture. Walleye, Bass, Crappy, Mackerel, Catfish, or even Shrimp! It's all fair game. Heck you can make a land animal if you want to live that life. It is your creation! Dave is going to show you some construction methods, tools, materials, techniques that he uses as a professional puppeteer. Participants should have at least one person per group who is comfortable using some basic wood shop skills for the wood cutting part. This project also offers hands-on opportunities like assembly and painting for younger participants. Work alone or as a group to make a fun wooden-jointed fish sculpture that moves like a real fish that you can display on your shelf, porch, boat, windowsill, etc.