Welcome to Maker Camp!
On behalf of Make: we thank you in advance for creating the “in your neighborhood” part of Maker Camp. We will do our best to make sure that the “online” part is amazing!
At Maker Camp, our camp motto is “Explore-Make-Share.” Maker campers work together to build projects that stem from our whimsical themes. Maker Camp is intended to be an on-ramp for novice makers, so that they can speed into using the stuff, tools, and ways of making. We welcome Makers of all ages and skill levels: advanced Makers can take our projects to the next level or serve as mentors to those who are just getting started.
The most important part of Maker Camp is being part of a community, both online and in person at affiliate sites like yours. Homes, libraries, schools, museums, makerspaces, clubs, and other community centers around the world open their doors to become local hubs of creativity, invention, curiosity, and togetherness: making
Why does Maker Camp exist?
On its surface, Maker Camp is designed to be a boredom-buster. We offer a program for kids everywhere, and they can follow along from home or join a camp at a local organization. More deeply, we really want to help get more kids making. We think making is a great way to learn that appeals to kids at the top, middle, and bottom of the school ladder. Maker Camp is part of our effort to cast a wide net and haul in new stories from a million Makers. We want those Makers to come from new communities the Maker movement has yet to touch, and you play a huge role in this effort. Beyond growing the community, we want Maker Camp to be community-built, too, because as with all things, the making is better when you do it together.
We have written this play book for you, our Maker Camp Community Partner, to help you and your campers get the most out of your Maker Camp experience. We’d like to give you a sense of the Maker movement as a whole and give you some general characteristics of the projects and Makers you’ll meet this summer, so that you can imagine and understand what to expect.
We’d like to hear how you have adapted these materials for your camp program. Let us know about your experience and how these materials worked or didn’t work for your program, so that we can improve what we send to next year’s Community Partners.
Maker Camp Revinvented!
One of the tried and true aspects of Maker Camp are all the step-by-step projects that inspire campers to learn new skills. That remains true this year. We have a project library of over 100 projects for your campers to explore.
This year, we’ve done more than create a website. We’ve developed a brand new learning management system that presents Maker Camp projects in a more powerful and organized way. With additional search functionality and the ability to “favorite” projects to find them later, it’s never been easier to select the perfect projects for your camp.
But wait. There’s more! We’ve also created a special online group for all of our Maker Camp Community Partners where they can share ideas, ask questions, and find support. This is where we’ll include additional information, such as recording of information sessions and a weekly newsletter for your campers. Maker Camp staff and Featured Makers will also be in the group, ready to help.
We’ve also added special information sessions on specific topics relevant to hosting Maker Camp and expanded this Playbook with exciting new information. Plus, look for fun live events like CodeJoy’s daily Virtual Robots lessons and Mario the Maker Magicians’ Zoom Party!