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: 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.

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 to register for FREE!

Build & Program a Robot Arm in a Weekend!

Join us for this in-person workshop at Circuit Launch where you will build and program a robot arm in just one weekend! Over two days, you will build a 3 degree-of-freedom (3DOF) robot arm, then run software on it from a Raspberry Pi to pick up objects. This class is for those looking to take their first plunge into the world of robotics. You will learn the basics of several key robotics concepts including mechanical design, rapid-prototyping, electronics and microcontrollers, sensors and actuators, and programming with ROS, the Robot Operating System.

What will you learn?

At Circuit Launch we love to learn by doing and our project based approach underpins all our education programs. In this two day program you will learn how to:
  • Assemble and test the mechanical components (stepper motors, bearings, belts etc)
  • Integrate and test sensors
  • Learn how stepper motors work and how to program them
  • Learn how to set up and put firmware on an Arduino microcontroller
  • Assemble and test the electronics, including how to power the system
  • Connect a microcontroller and control it over serial from a Raspberry Pi
  • Connect to the arm using the Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Learn how to program a homing sequence for the arm
  • Use inverse kinematics algorithms to pilot the arm
  • Teleoperate the arm from your keyboard
  • Create motion plans and play them on the arm
  • Pick and place an object
  • Visualize your arm motions on a computer monitor
The registration fee includes 2 days of tuition, students aged 12-18 are free with a paying adult (1 kit per pair). You have the option to take the robot arm home for an additional $150 with Raspberry Pi4 ($110 if you bring or use your own Pi4).

Saturday 17 July Schedule

10am - 12pm: Intro to main topics, key resources and start mechanical assembly. 12pm: Lunch break (bring your lunch or buy lunch nearby). 1pm - 4pm: Finish mechanical assembly, electrical assembly, test stepper motors, test switches.

Sunday 18 July Schedule

10am - 12pm: Crash course in Robot Operating System (ROS) 12pm: Lunch break. 1pm - 4pm: Robot arm teleoperation, inverse kinematics, creating animation, pick & place an object.

Special Notice: COVID-19

Students enrolled in this class will be required to wear masks at all times indoors regardless of vaccination status or current CDC or County guidelines. All surfaces will be sanitized and we have Molekule Air Filtering machines in the Lab workspace.  

Whimsical Wearables Workshop #3: Make a Glove Controller

In this third Whimsical Wearables workshop, we'll learn how to add switches to our wearable outfits by making a special glove controller.* We’ll build off of projects in the 2nd workshop and use MakeCode and the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express along with some new materials.  It is recommended, but not required, to attend Whimsical Wearables Workshop 2. No prior coding or hardware experience necessary, but some experience with wearables and/or sewing is recommended (attending Whimsical Wearables #2 is adequate). From Whimsical Wearables #2 (wish list here: *I’m partial to glove controllers because they are versatile and modular, but you are welcome to create something different! You can follow along and use the same materials to build all sorts of wearable buttons.