Maker Camp

camp-robotAre you looking for an easy way to integrate a makerspace into your library programming?

Look no further than this summer’s Maker Camp on Google+! Maker Camp runs July 7-August 15. Why not take advantage of the convenient tie-in to this year’s science themed summer reading program? There’s even a special page discussing how organizations like libraries can participate!

You can find out more in the FAQs, but the most important part is that it’s free to participate! You will need a computer with internet access. You must be 13 years old to create your own Google+ account, but younger kids can participate using an adult’s account. Most supplies and tools you will be able to find around the house or obtain easily and inexpensively. Supply lists will be posted in advance.

Each week is themed, so there’s something for everyone:

  • Makers in Motion
  • Create the Future
  • Health & Science
  • Art and Design
  • DIY Music
  • Make: Believe

For information on starting a year program at your library, request a free PDF Playbook. Check out Make: for more ideas and projects. You can also visit Make it @ your library for project ideas that will fit the resources you have. You may also want to investigate Make It at the Library to see how Idaho is integrating makerspaces into its libraries.

If you decide to participate, be sure to register your camp site! What are people making at your library? Share your stories in the comments!

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