Maker Campus Workshops
Make: Magazine, Make: Co, and Maker Camp have recently launched a new learning platform specially designed for Maker Education. Maker Campus is a place to connect, learn, and make together. Find enriching and interactive events including talks by expert makers, project demos, classes, virtual workshop tours, and more. I am very honored to be among the first educators to host programs through this effort.
Please take look at my first offerings. More will be coming soon!
Thursday, December 17, 4:00 – 5:30 pm OR 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Ages 8-14. $25/household
It’s time to celebrate all those great winter holidays by creating fun, unique light-up paper crafts to decorate your home or give as gifts. Building paper circuits are a fantastic, hands-on way to learn electronics while crafting. Join Maker Camp host and STEM educator, Sandy Roberts, for this very special holiday class.
In this workshop you’ll make:
- A one-of-a-kind light-up holiday card
- An origami gift box that glows when you open it
- A fun upcycled “candle” to decorate your home
All participants will receive a free e-book with step-by-step instructions as well.
Tuesday, December 22, 4:00 – 5:30 pm OR 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Ages 8-18. $25/household
Explore math in a fun, hands-on way with Holiday Math Crafts! In this workshop, we’ll create beautiful snowflakes and stars was we learn geometry together. Then we’ll put the power of fractals to use as we make unique holiday cards. Engage the brain and decorate your home for the holiday season!
This workshop makes math exciting and entertaining. It’s a great way to build math confidence for any student. Want something different for your club or class? Interested in math enrichment for your homeschooling pod? This is the class for you! Taught by Maker Camp host and certified math teacher, Sandy Roberts.
We suggest that younger students have the help of a guardian or older student, to avoid frustration to help with the more challenging scissor work.
All participants will receive a free e-book with step-by-step instructions for further reference.
Weekly on Thursdays, January 7-28, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Ages 8-14. $100/household
Make stuff. Learn to code. Have fun. In this class, you’ll join Maker Camp host and real-life educator, Sandy Roberts, as we explore, craft, and create together using the micro:bit.
The micro:bit by the BBC is an easy-to-code, inexpensive microcontroller designed to introduce kids to physical computing. By using Microsoft MakeCode, young coders can transform the micro:bit into a myriad of devices from game controllers to secret message senders, robots to weather stations. With tons of technology nestled into a board smaller than a credit card, the micro:bit provides many avenues for discovery and invention. In this workshop, we’ll build four different hands-on projects that explore a wide variety of applications for the micro:bit. Class size is limited!
Projects will include:
Hack-a-Badge – Learn the basics of micro:bit as you design your own unique name badge, perfect for any budding mad scientist or secret agent. We’ll start with simple things like creating a badge animation and flashing your name. Then we’ll discover how to send secret messages to others. Finally, we’ll customize our badges to report important data like the temperature, the direction you’re headed, how fast you’re moving, and more. Finish off your creation by wiring the microbit to your custom created badge front piece and show it off to the world!
Set-a-Trap – Protect your lab (or bedroom) with a sneaky set of traps and alarms designed to keep pesky parents and annoying siblings away from your stuff! We’ll start with a clever door alarm and then move on to more complex designs: a light-sensitive alarm and a pressure-sensitive alarm. We’ll even learn to design our own melodic alarm music. With these techy tools, you’ll never need to worry about being spied on again!
Build-a-Bot – Every mad scientist needs a monster robot to be his minion (and BFF)! So let’s build and code a bot of our own using the micro:bit and some junk from around the house! With this project, you’ll learn about some simple machines as you prototype and test your creation. Then go wild with the art supplies and give your bot some character!
Smack-a-S’more – Smack-a-S’more is the inventive take on “Whack a Mole” that puts both your crafting creativity and coding skills to use. We’ll start by making your own plushy S’more character out of upcycled materials. Then we’ll learn MS Code for the micro:bit to code a game that can be played by one or many. So get silly. Get hands-on. And get smart with this fantastic STEAM project!