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A boy sits with his recycled materials project in a large room

Camp MAKESHOP: In Summary

…And so Camp MAKESHOP came to an end. At the end of the week we asked the kids to fill out a survey. They asked for less time for lunch and more time for making. More projects, more days, more woodworking, more 3D printing… and of course a couple along the lines of the very flattering, “i don’t think it can be improved”. To sum up: “I really liked this camp I met some really nice kids and grownups i hope this c
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Camp MAKESHOP: 3D Modeling & Laser Cutting

Friday in Camp MAKESHOP was bounded only by imagination because all our work started in virtual spaces. Our goal was to understand how to create objects of our design and desire using some of the schmanciest tools in the MAKESHOP, namely the solidoodle 3D printer and the laser cutter. How do you narrow it down when there are no limits? We played a game to start. First you had to make a nickname consisting of a word t
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Camp MAKESHOP: Electronics

My day was dedicated to the exploration of electricity.  In the morning the kids got the chance to play with some of our existing circuit blocks.  We then gave the kids the chance to take apart a couple of old, broken electronic toys.  They had a blast during this activity.  We found a bunch of working switches and components (mainly speakers).   The kids and I then spent the remainder of the day constructing new cir
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Camp MAKESHOP: Computational Thinking

Before learning about computational thinking and computer programming, campers were asked to design something a little more low-tech: a board game! Many of the same ideas about rules, steps and instructions are the same between computer programming and board game design. Once they played around with their physical creations, the kids sat down at computers to make something that is digitally interactive. Computational
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Camp MAKESHOP: Fiber & Wearables

We talk a lot about attachment in MAKESHOP. What is the best way to attach something? How can you make a secure attachment? Tape, staples, nails, chains, rope… THREAD! On the fourth day of Camp MAKESHOP, we worked with textiles, wearables and attachment through sewing with thread. What is the most nail-biting portion of a reality TV show? When the hosts throw the contestants for a loop! The morning portion of o
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A boy using a drillpress to create holes

Camp MAKESHOP: Introduction & Woodworking

This August we hosted our first-ever summer camp here in MAKESHOP! Designed for kids ages 10-12, each day was dedicated to a different form of making: woodworking, wearables and fiber, electronics, computer programming and digital manufacturing. At the end of camp we asked what people learned and liked, and every single medium was mentioned! Different kids with different interests all had fun and tried new things, an
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