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More Maker Days Coming This December!

I’m ridiculously happy and proud about last month’s Maker Day Camps at The Grove. They were so much fun, that I’m planning three new days of similar activities: December 27-29. This will be a pay-by-the day program, so it can hopefully work into your post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s Day plans. The details/tickets for sale are listed here.

If you can’t make it, consider the January Camp, or simply check out some great pics (below) from the Thanksgiving week. Many thanks to the families who signed up for those days and for the upcoming December 19 Code Camp. It’s sold out, and I can’t wait for you to see the fun program I have planned. I’m grateful for all of you. ~Mess

 

 

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These guys made some wacky machines…
So many girls this Fall!
So many girls this Fall!
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The creations were practical and whimsical.
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Saws and Circuits and Soldering Were Encouraged!

Some of the projects from Thanksgiving included: flat/paper circuits, experimenting with voltage, sewing and making circuits in fabric with conductive thread, repairing old toys using soldering and replacement of broken parts, and robots driven by rotary motors.

Check out some videos from camp on our Instagram Account or Facebook Videos Page. The projects featured will still be an option for the December days, and we will have four brand new projects, too. It’s perfectly okay to attend Maker Camp multiple times!

You can view all of the camp descriptions here.

HAPPY MAKING, EVERYBODY.

Black Friday Extended Day Camp

I have just added to the Black Friday Maker Camp Offering. Extend the day of fun for your kids and get more shopping and errands done!

Regular Day Camp

The day will feature multiple “maker” projects in either robotics, art, electronics, or coding – and in some cases, activities will merge many of those tracks.

Campers will construct circuits, learn to solder, and build an original electronic creation to take-home. Attendees are encouraged to bring in old, broken and/or useless electronic componentry or project ideas, too.

This STEM camp is best for girls and boys who are seven through twelve years old and who have at least some interest in tinkering (please ask me if you have an outlier, though, as I will consider anything for these pilot programs).

Please note that we are currently located in the West End area of Downtown Dallas (you will not have to park, as we offer curbside pick-up/drop-off every day). Snacks and water are provided; campers should bring a bag lunch.

9:00am – 2:00pm, $60.00

Extended Day

“Early Bird” – It’s a pajama party! Wear something ridiculous to Camp, and we will make pancakes and have an indoor Nerf Gun battle and Kickball game. Drop-off at 6:00am and play until Camp begins at 9:00am. (There is an additional charge of $20.00 for the Early Bird Program.) (NOTE: THIS IS CANCELLED)

“After Party” – We will watch a movie on the big screen, pop popcorn, and each camper will have a chance to “ride a roller coaster” and “run with dinosaurs” in our sample VR experience (full program coming to a future Camp). This session runs from end-of-camp at 2:00pm until 5:00pm. (There is an additional charge of $20.00 for the After Party Program.)

I know: you’re jealous of your kids right now…

Buy tickets here.

Code Day at The Grove – Nov. 12 – 13

I’m ridiculously excited about this…

The Grove will be hosting Code Day Dallas this year! From the Student RND website:

What Is CodeDay?

CodeDay is a nationwide event where student programmers, artists, musicians, actors, and everyone else can get together and build apps & games for 24 hours. Students of all skill levels are welcome — we have workshops and mentors who can help if you’re new!

At the beginning of CodeDay, everyone with an idea comes up and pitches it to the group. If you’re on your own, or just without an idea, this is the time for you to build whatever you want.

Tickets are still available. This is a great Intro to coding for your middle or high schoolers as they do not need any experience in coding. I’ll be there for all the opening stuff and the judging. Can you tell someone you know? And hit me up if you want any info about The Grove, Student RND, or the pilot code camps I’ll be running during this year’s school holiday breaks.

Visit the official Code Day Dallas site for more info and to purchase tickets: https://codeday.org/dallas

One last goodie: use the code GROVEFRIEND for $6 off the already low ticket price of $20. See you there!  ~Mess

“Adventures in Hardware” – Fall STEM/Maker Camp in Dallas

THE OFFERING

Three brand new technology camps are coming to Dallas this Fall and Winter. With activities in making, hardware, software, art, design, and logic: there is something for every child in one of these holiday break STEM programs.

For Fall, it’s “Attend-by-the-Day” so these STEM camps will fit any Thanksgiving Break schedule. (We run on Black Friday, too!)

Each day will feature multiple “maker” projects in either robotics, art, electronics, or coding – and in some cases, activities will merge many of those tracks.

Campers attending multiple days will construct circuits, learn to solder, and build an original electronic creation to take-home. Attendees are encouraged to bring in old, broken and/or useless electronic componentry or project ideas, too.

This STEM camp is best for girls and boys who are seven through twelve years old and who have at least some interest in tinkering (please ask me if you have an outlier, though, as we will consider anything for these pilot programs).

Please note that we are currently located in the West End area of Downtown Dallas (you will not have to park, as we offer curbside pick-up/drop-off every day). Snacks and water are provided; campers should bring a sack lunch.

More details can be found on Eventbrite or on our website.

 

To learn about Renegades of Code, visit http://renegadesofcode.org/about-code-camps/

Code Camp Pilot (October 8)

One more time: I want to say thank you to the ten families who took part in the Saturday Pilot Code Camp I held at The Grove on October 8. If you haven’t heard, I’ll be holding three more Camps this year in this exceptional co-working space. For Summer, though, I hope to be in a larger classroom, so I can accommodate more than 10 – 12 campers per week. (If anyone knows of a good space, hit me up.)

Through this pilot, I learned what apps your children think are “fun” and “cool,” and I’m sad to say that none of them were “the educational ones.” It reminded me of how I think I want to watch all the documentaries on my Netflix watch list, but I usually opt into episodes of Bojack Horseman or several old seasons the Real Housewives. So this idea of “get the kids excited about learning, so they don’t keep choosing to simply be entertained” keeps turning around in my mind, though I may be a bit of a hypocrite…

Still, I’m looking forward to holding the Fall and Winter programs to further this new mission. I’ll begin to post some reviews here of the toys, apps, and activities I personally experiment with as I write programs for the camps. I’m also hoping to share with you a partnership I am forming to deliberately offer some FREE Saturday courses. If you’d like to get info on those emailed directly to you, please Join the Tribe.

As it stands today, I am open to ideas, input, and information. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s something you’d like me to know. Otherwise, please find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and please tell a friend about us. I’m thrilled that this Pilot was full of The Lab All Stars, but we also had three brand new families join us. If you know me, you know I love making new friends. I hope this community continues to grow, and I hope you all know I know that is due to YOU. -MW