Some teens fall into that space where they are too old for most traditional camps, but not old enough to find a job, creating a long, boring summer. We know that it’s boring because they complain about being bored a lot. Make and Google have the answer: a virtual summer camp filled with six weeks of hands-on projects and cool field trips.
Maker Camp is for anyone, especially teens who may not have a chance to get to a Maker Faire or who may not have the resources to pick up Make magazine. This aims to bring making to all. The camp is aimed at kids 13 and over because it requires a Google+ membership, and 13 is the minimum age to join Google+. However, younger kids can use their parents’ accounts – with their approval, of course – and together access the Maker Camp info.
While the camp runs six weeks from July 8 – Aug. 16, kids can participate as much or little as they’d like, logging in daily or less to see projects suggested. Google+ hangouts will have tips to help kids with the projects, and kids can share their projects there, too, making it advantageous to log in regularly. The projects rely on items readily available, with most items generally available at home or a grocery store. Advanced projects could call for a drill, handsaw, or soldering iron, but most involve simple tools like a screw driver, duct tape, and scissors.
Because Maker Camp is virtual, teens with jobs, sports, or other camps during the day, can participate, too. The camp does not run a traditional 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sign up for Maker Camp by following Make on Google+.