MakerKids runs award-winning programs, camps & parties on Robotics, Coding & Minecraft. We use technology as a medium to help kids build confidence, social skills, change-making abilities & a positive relationship with technology. Graduates have started businesses, won NASA prizes, been featured on TV, and had positive mental health outcomes. In Bloor West Village & Leaside.
Jenn Turliuk, CEO
NASA's Singularity University, Queen's University
When I was in 6th grade, I was given an enrichment assignment by my English teacher: to make a website for my book report. So at 12 years old, I coded my first website using HTML and drag-and-drop software. After receiving my grade on the project (an A+! Woo hoo!), I put the website aside and forgot about it for a while. But a few months later, my brother came down the stairs one day holding a magazine and saying “Hey Jenn, didn’t you make a website called Jenn’s Harry Potter?” My site had been featured in a major children’s magazine! And they called it “the most comprehensive Harry Potter image website on the internet”. I logged back onto the site for the first time in months, and saw that it had hundreds of thousands of views!
This was an extremely empowering moment for me – it helped me realize that I could make things that many other people could use. The increased confidence that I developed as a result of this experience helped me to get through the bullying I was facing at the time, improve my grades and my dedication to school, and even start some small businesses outside of school, such as a jewelry selling company and a private swimming lessons company. Later, I went to university and was accepted to a prestigious Graduate Studies Program based at NASA called Singularity University, where we learned about exponential technologies such as 3D printing and robotics and how to apply them to education.
Looking back, I realized that the experience that I had when I was 12 years old was pivotal in my life – I actually think that it was the moment I decided that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I did some research and found studies showing that experiences like this in childhood can have a vast impact on a person’s life, and that many other successful professionals and entrepreneurs had similar experiences in their childhood. So I decided that I wanted to help facilitate more experiences like this for more children, to help them realize that they can be creators (not just consumers), and to help them realize their potential. In the many years that we’ve been running our camps and weekly programs, we’ve seen kids presenting their MakerKids projects on national TV, starting their own businesses with the skills they’ve learned (e.g. one 10-year-old makes, sells and fixes audio speakers in his neighbourhood), and most importantly – improving their confidence, social skills, and engagement at school.
I hope your child will join us for an adventure in realizing what’s possible. The teacher who took an interest in me helped show me what I was capable of – and that’s what we’re trying to do for your children, everyday.
See you soon.
Is MakerKids technology free?
Kids will work both on-screen and off (planning and designing). We teach kids how to approach technology positively and safely.
Cost: $1 to $700 /week
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“I wish they had places like this when I was a kid. As a “tomboy”, I was actively discouraged from pursuing anything un-ladylike. It’s important to let kids find themselves in positive ways and MakerKids fills that need. These kids may not all grow up to be engineers or video game designers, but they will get the message that their talents and ideas are valuable and that they have something to contribute to their community – whether that community is a group of geeky kids or the world at large. Empowering kids with a sense of confidence in their abilities to solve problems is good no matter which way you look at it.”
“MakerKids has impressed me from the start. It’s the ultimate playground for wired, technology- oriented kids or any child that wants to play “inventor”, and what kid doesn’t! The atmosphere is relaxed and the teaching method is child-centered. Creativity comes first and no question is left unanswered. Experimentation and the learning process are emphasized more than the end result."
“A most excellent program and apparently unique in the world so far. My nine year old son had a blast, is recommending it to all his friends and would have set up camp there permanently if I let him! Higher praise has no nine year old believe me! And a strong focus on woman role models makes this a natural for girls interested in STEM too. I highly recommend it.”
“I think that MakerKids is doing some outstanding things for kids. Let’s get more kids into making.”
“Kids come in here not knowing what they can do and they leave with a phenomenal amount of self-confidence, and capability.”
“MakerKids was a great experience for my kids this summer. One of my sons did 4 different weeks and each was a different program. Jacob loved Makerkids and learned a great deal about electronics and computer programming. These programs are the way if the future. Jacob has expressed interest in working at Makerkids one day. It really was a very positive experience for him as well as our younger son who joined him for one of the weeks. I recommend MakerKids to anyone whose kids want to try something different, it is just great!”
February 4, 2017
Toronto's MakerKids Wins NextGen Franchising Global Competition
Selected amongst hundreds of businesse around the world, MakerKids is the winner of the 2017 NextGen Franchising Global Competition.... Read More
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MakerKids is now an accredited camp with Ontario Camp Association!
MakerKids has joined Ontario Camps Association as an accredited camp. Read more about us and our standards https://makerkids.com/about-us... Read More