Grab your virtual sleeping bag, Maker Camp 2015 officially launched this morning! Today marks the start of the fourth year of the program, which is a free, 6-week virtual summer camp.
Even though we usually promote getting the kids outside, this camp is a great hands on learning resource to keep your kids engaged and learning this summer.
Here’s a fun summer camp that your kids can do from home with hands on crafts, learning, tech and DIY:
- Maker Camp remains a bright spot in tech and education for kids 8-12 years old:
- It was specifically created for young Makers interested in hacking, tech, DIY, making, creating, crafting, tinkering and learning.
- The program demonstrates how technology is shaping the way this generation of children learn through hands-on experiences outside of the traditional classroom.
- Even Arne Duncan, the United States Secretary of Education is behind using makerspaces to engage and teach kids more through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education.
- It’s seeing huge growth year-over-year:
- In 2014 there were some 500 venues hosting Maker Camp, as of this morning, there were nearly 700.
- Since inception, the program has had over 1 million attendees across the United States.
- Past field trips have included behind-the-scenes access for kids at major companies including LEGO, NASA and Disney.