Teen STEAM Camp
We’ve been working hard to create some really great summer programming for middle and high schoolers. Each week we have a morning session running 9 am to noon daily. Afternoon sessions run 1-4 pm. Campers can come for mornings, afternoons or both. If they stay for both sessions, they can join us for lunch and time outside.
Every single offering here is child-centered with lots of room for creativity and individuality. We can take some deep dives and learn mad skills while doing some super fun projects. We’ll be able to explore individual interests within a collaborative environment. Join us for one week, two, or the whole summer!
Whether it's to showcase your art or projects, to be the ultimate CV, or to support a cause or business, students have lots of reasons to create their own websites. In this brief but deep dive, we'll use graphic tools to create WordPress sites with the aim of having maximum flexibility without having to be master coders. *This session runs Mon.-Wed. due to the July 4 holiday.
Let's fly! First we'll need to build our drones, wiring, soldering and assembling components. Once built, we'll practice flying, then create obstacle courses and race! *Price includes a $100 materials fee. Campers take home their drones. **This session runs Mon.-Wed. due to the July 4 holiday.
Engineering, design process, coding, physical computing and whimsy all come together as we design our own mini golf obstacles and holes! Spinning windmills? Challenging ramps and curves? Bring it! At its core, this session is all about engineering. When we add motors, we can use microcontrollers and code them to create amazing effects. Work hard, play hard! That's our motto! (Well, it should be!) *Price includes a $25 materials fee.
Python is the fastest growing programming language and it belongs in every developer's toolbox. We love its readability and we use it whenever we want to code fast. And the best way we can think of to teach Python is by having fun with it making games. We'll be using Minecraft because we're all familiar with it and we can leap right in. Build some serious coding chops while creating games.
Curious about graphic design? Excited by animation? Thrilled by special effects? Mary Ann Davis will help you bring your ideas to life using Adobe Creative Cloud. Create original artwork with this design suite which includes Photoshop, Illustrator and Character Animator. Take your existing artwork to the next level, using masks, effects & fun backgrounds. Design your own emojis & logos. Let’s explore the cool things you can make & do, with the very same programs used by professional graphic designers, animators & film makers. Bring a USB memory stick to class so you can take your digital work home. Teacher Bio Mary Ann Davis is a commercial & documentary film editor & children’s story author. She has a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, & a Masters of Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago. She loves science, art & making things with her three children. *This class has a $10 materials fee
Music and technology merge in this teen intensive. We'll build MIDI controllers and learn how to download pre-built code for Arduino (C++) and begin to learn our way around the platform as we sample music and create individual projects. No experience necessary, you simply need a healthy sense of curiosity and a touch of perseverance. *Price includes a $40 materials fee.
Rube Goldberg liked to build tremendously complicated mechanisms to do really simple things. Why? Fun! Is there a better reason? Alright, if you need one, learning engineering concepts and how to build things. While each camper can have ownership of a piece of our machine, we're going to have to collaborate and link our components. This is sure to be fun, challenging, and maybe a little messy! *Price includes a $10 materials fee.
Not only are battle bots super fun, in building them we learn mad skills like coding, debugging, persistence, engineering and, when they battle, sportsmanship. We program both a remote control and a robot using block code and make them send message to each other. We learn about motors and connect them to our robots with custom 3D printed components. This is NOT a kit! We use readily accessible components and open-source code and what we learn is easily transferable to other projects. This is a good project-based introduction to Python, the fastest growing programming language. We'll provide sample code and participants will modify it to change how their motors work in their own builds and optimize performance. In an effort to keep costs down, we will reuse all components. If you would like to keep your bot, talk to your instructor.
Summertime is carnival season! Design and make your own games with our fabrication lab tools! We'll use simple found materials to create classic games and create our own variations and designs. But don't be deceived by the fun and games - we'll be engineering and learning how to build to make what we want! We'll also work on a group project using microcontrollers to add lights and sounds, just like at a real carnival! *Price includes a $10 materials fee.
3D printing, AKA additive manufacturing, is a pretty amazing tool in any maker's arsenal. Come learn how to find ready-made print files, how to personalize them, and also how to create your own files from scratch. We'll use an easy-to-learn shape builder and also code and some math to create more precise objects. These are things we do daily at MKR LAB when we want a custom piece for a robot, a wearable circuit, or want to make a fun gift. Watch out - you might get hooked! *Price includes a $15 materials fee.
When art and tech combine, we expand our abilities to create interactive artwork and engage the viewer. We can turn drawings into animations, physical objects into sound installations, sculptures into kinetic sculptures ... We'll learn about motors, basic circuits, lights, and use simple programs to create animations and also code to add another dimension to our art, all the while learning mad skills! (Can you tell we strongly support putting the A in STEAM?) *Price includes a $40 materials fee.
We'll use our Fab Lab (that's fabrication lab) tools to create sculptures or costumes (you choose!) this week. Not only will we use design process and engineering in our builds, we'll also use basic circuitry to add lights, and when it makes sense, motors! This is serious play. *Price includes $15 materials fee.
Wearable tech is exploding! It's the convergence of fashion, design, circuitry, and often data (we'll leave the data part for another time). We'll use conductive thread to create circuits on fabric, designing and making stuffed animals that light up, creating wearable circuits, and we even have the ability to 3D print on fabric (this is a great way to diffuse lights and make glowing necklaces, shirts, costumes). The design aspect of wearables falls squarely within Art, while the technological aspects are related to materials science, circuitry, coding and robotics. Learn mad skills while creating art? Yes, please! *This session includes a $40 materials fee.
Ever thought about starting your own business? Why wait? In this immersive session we will create business plans, learn how to create a logo and a web presence. We'll also explore social media marketing and various ways to sell your products. The best time to start is now!