Maker (summer) Camp 2015

August 28, 2015

This week marked the beginning of an exciting time for Delta youth… in partnership with Zen Maker Lab the Delta School District launched a makerspace with its first-ever Maker Camp.

In the sold-out Junior Camp this year, makers learned how to code, create models for the 3D printer, use a laser cutter, build robotic bugs, and much more.

Here is what the makers have to say about their camp:

What's your favourite thing about the camp so far?
“Coding! You can make anything with it.”

“I also liked the 3D printing.”

“the 3D printers and laser cutters… I thought it would be basic coding but it is much more.”

“I thought it was really fun, like one of my favourite camps I've ever been to… I like this camp a little better than dance camp.”

“I like creating the robots and the 3D models.”

“It is really cool. I don't want it to end.”

Next week is Senior Camp (also sold-out) and students will use these skills and others to solve design challenges.

In creating a makerspace, Delta recognizes the rich learning and engagement that occurs in a place where people from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise join in a sense of creative possibility. The District will be looking to expand opportunities for making throughout the year through after school programs.

What is all this “making” about?
Makers are people who make things. Makers might see themselves as artists, tinkerers, inventors, builders, and DIYers; the one thing they all have in common is a creativity that urges them to create something tangible.

New technologies have expanded the possibilities from tools such as clay and paint to laser cutters and 3D printers. As the technologies have evolved, so too have the spaces where Makers hang out and make. Many organizations provide makerspaces for makers to create and collaborate. These maker studios, with membership structured like gym memberships, are popping up all over North America. Makers also gather at MakerFaires to show off their process and products with one another and the curious public.