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.

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.

Teaching STEAM and Robotics with Micro:bit

Are you an educator eager to bring your students better lessons and more reach content to help them develop 21st Century Skills? Learn how to motivate and guide your students creating and teaching some easy and great STEAM related projects and add some major fun with robotics to your school or online classes. Join us on this workshop to learn everything you will need to start teaching STEAM content and robotics with Micro:bit, the most popular education platform for students from 6 to 15 years old. Learn with our Micro:bit Champion coach designated by the Micro:bit Foundation for the 2021 program. What you will get: Information about microcontrollers, actuators and sensors and how to use them on school projects. Teaching advice and example lessons. Personal support from the instructor after the workshop. Who is it for: Educators, homeschooling parents and makers.

Make: Education Forum

The growth of makerspaces in education was interrupted by the shutdown of schools, libraries, and museums over the last year. Now, as students return to in-person learning, there is an even greater need for maker educators who can provide hands-on making and project-based learning experiences. Making is a practice that can be learned and shared among educators. The Make: Education Forum brings together maker educators of all levels to learn best practices from each other. The Make: Education Forum is a virtual event occurring from August 3rd-5th. Throughout the event, practitioners will explore, share and implement programs for making in K-12 education. The forum aims to transform education by focusing on the needs and interests of educators and their students by developing new technical skills and encouraging the process of creative problem-solving. Programming will include “how-to” sessions and workshops that introduce projects and methods that you can use to design or expand your maker program. In addition, it’s a unique opportunity to meet other maker educators as well as expert makers. Among the how-to sessions:
  • Incorporate making into existing learning frameworks and subject matter
  • Explore resources and opportunities for educational makerspaces
  • Technical making skill tutorials and trainings
  • Help students find and scope local problems that they can work on
  • Produce a School Maker Faire
  • Low-budget, low-tech making
  • Incorporating and fostering the maker mindset in your school community
  • Expand your libraries engagement with making activities and programs
  What is included:
  • Three half-day summer virtual gathering to explore topics, share ideas, exchange tips and tricks and learn from one another
  • One year membership in MAKE: Community/member that includes monthly conversations, access to discussion forums, and a print and digital subscription to Make: magazine
  • Make: exclusive promotions and savings
If you have concerns about the affordability of the Make: Education Forum, we encourage you to reach out and we will take your situation into consideration. We do not want a registration fee to prevent maker educators from participating; we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to find the appropriate fee and help you attend the Make: Education Forum.
* Tickets are nonrefundable