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Welcome From Dale

This summer brings us a re-opening of society and the opportunity to do things again that we have been unable to do in person for over a long year. It is a time to discover and share all that we can do as a community of learners. It is with that spirit that we launch Maker Camp 2021.

This year, we welcome back our partners who have organized Maker Camp in the past and new community partners organizing their first Maker Camp. We thank all for their efforts to support creative acts of making in their community. Since the first year of Maker Camp, we’ve seen it as a fantastic model for bringing young people together and creating new opportunities for them to get hands-on and experiment with doing new things. And it comes just as we need time away from computer screens.

What we know about making is that it requires both your hands and your mind to work together. It is about the creative process of taking an idea and bringing it to life using tools and materials of all kinds. That is something that most people find satisfying, and it’s vital that young people these kinds of experiences. Ultimately, you can develop a maker mindset that requires an active imagination and a determination to tackle any challenge.

Our goal is to provide you and your campers with the inspiration and the helpful guidance you need, along with many possible projects that will help fit a wide range of interests and abilities. While we could talk about STEAM or STEM or whatever buzzword you choose, the most important thing about making it is that it’s fun. We enjoy doing fun things. Only later do we realize how much we’re learning. Maker Camp participation helps establish patterns of learning that are applied repeatedly throughout the school year and all of our lives.

We’d love to hear from you and learn from what you do in your community.

Let’s Make Together,
Dale Dougherty
Make: Community

Maker Camp June 18, 2021
Maker Camp is a do-it-yourself online resource to help leaders like you organize a summer camp that engages children in making. Our goal is to provide you and your campers with the inspiration and the helpful resources, along with many possible projects to fit a wide range of interests and abilities. The idea is to focus on making as a playful, social activity. Maker Camp provides enough support for anyone to get started. Making provides experiences that help children become self-directed learners and good problem-solvers.
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