Get Your Kids to a Maker Camp This Summer

This Year's Maker Camp is supported by AT&T Aspire and opens July 11

Maker Camp is opening July 11 either online or by affiliates
Maker Camp Comes July 11
Make:, home of the Maker Faire,  announced last week as part of the National Week of Making initiative its plan to engage over 1 million kids nationally over the next 12 months in hands-on, project-based learning through its Maker Faires, School Maker Faires, and online Maker Camps.


Launching for the season on July 11, 2016, Maker Camp -- the free virtual summer camp for young makers interested in DIY, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering and learning -- returns for its fifth year, helping to kick off a full Summer of Making. With the support of AT&T, through AT&T Aspire, as a presenting sponsor of this year's program, Maker Camp remains a free resource for teachers, educators, parents, and kids. Make: founder and CEO Dale Dougherty comments "We're excited to be able to offer Maker Camp again this summer. At Maker Camp, kids work with complex concepts while they're having fun, learning key skills that will help prepare them for success in our rapidly changing world. We want to help our next generation grow up as creators, not just consumers. Maker Camp is one way to effect that change." 


Maker Camp is based online, but has off-line applications as hundreds of Maker Camp affiliates are located all over the world for a more summer camp experience. Affiliates host Maker Camp at their community center, library, recreation center, and even in homes. 

Maker Camp projects center on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) principles, presenting them in a such a way that kids naturally enjoy learning. Since 2012, Maker Camp has engaged over 1 million kids, with hopes to reach 1 million more. Currently, there are already some 600 affiliate locations set for this season, with the goal of 1,000 affiliates helping kids learn to love making. With support from AT&T through its AT&T Aspire initiative, the 2016 Maker Camp program will provide those affiliate groups which have the most need with supporting materials necessary to help their students make anything from a light-up superhero cape to DIY stomp rockets. 

There is even a special Bay Area event that allows Maker Camp participants to gather offline. At Shape, an AT&T Tech Expo, running July 16-17 at San Francisco's famed AT&T Park, attendees will be introduced to Maker Camp Live, another highlight of the Summer of Making. Maker Camp Live combines the best parts of summer camp with starter projects that kids can work on together with adult Makers onsite to assist. Campers will learn to solder, make their own traffic lights, and transform different energy sources into helpful IoT solutions or even wearable applications. 

Nicole Anderson, executive director of philanthropy at AT&T. "When you make it, you learn it. Maker Camp provides hands-on learning that inspires students' creativity and sparks interest in STEM careers for our next generation of leaders." Although getting kids interested in STEM and STEAM projects is important to Make:, the Summer of Making is not just for kids! There are plenty of ways for adults to celebrate, too.

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