Build & Code Amazing Gadgets

2019 SUMMER CAMP

Our brand new Code & Build Amazing Gadgets Summer Camp introduces kids to an integrated approach to electronics, robotics and coding with a series of hands-on, creative projects. You will create and code exciting gadgets that move, light up, make sounds, and react to your touch. Includes items you can take home to keep creating with!

Ages
8-11
Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Technology
Scratch, MakeCode, Makey Makey, Circuit Playground Express
Themes
Coding, Electronics, Robotics
Length
5 days, 3 hrs/day
Ages 8-11
Level Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Technology Scratch, MakeCode, Makey Makey, Circuit Playground Express
Theme Coding, Electronics, Robotics
Length 5 days
3 hrs/day

2019 Build & Code Amazing Gadgets Camp Schedule

This camp is offered at both our Chicago location (2867 N Clybourn Ave) and our North Shore location (3434 Central St, Evanston, inside Unity Church on the North Shore), serving Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette and neighboring areas.

JUNE 24-28
1-4PM
Chicago - Clybourn
JULY 1-3 (3 DAYS)
1-4PM
Chicago - Clybourn
JULY 8-12
9AM - 12PM
Chicago - Clybourn
JULY 15-19
1-4PM
North Shore
JULY 22-26
1-4PM
Chicago - Clybourn
AUGUST 5-9
1-4PM
Chicago - Clybourn
AUGUST 19-23
1-4PM
Chicago - Clybourn

How the Time is Structured

Camps are 3 hours long, and we break up the time into one hour blocks to work with kids' natural learning rhythms. In the middle hour, we take them outside and have unstructured playground time to build friendships and refresh young brains and bodies. The group walks a short distance to Hamlin Park in Chicago or Bent Park in Evanston.

Daily Schedule

What Kids Will Learn and Do

No pre-made kits here! This camp shows kids what they can do with some cardboard, wires and their own creativity. Electricity used in these projects is at very low, safe levels.

  • Understand basics of electricity, circuits, sensors, power, switches and more
  • Learn how to build and connect a physical game controller to a self-coded video game, using Scratch and Makey Makey
  • Build and code color changing lamps, upgraded costume accessories, a crawling robot and more with MakeCode and Circuit Playground Express
  • Combine hardware and software creation to multiply your skills

Sports Add-On (Full Day Camp 9am-4pm)

Note: Available in Chicago only

For dates between June 24 and Aug 16, we are pleased to offer the option to add a half day of sports and games with our partner, We Got Game.

Sports will primarily take place at Burley Elementary and may include swim time at Hamlin Park (dry activities will be accommodated for kids who don't swim).

The add-on includes lunch hour supervision at Hamlin Park, and an escorted walk between the two camps.

Please note that you will drop off in the morning at one camp and pick up in the afternoon at the other.

Pricing

Gadget Camp
Sports Add-On
Regular Week
$379
$250
July 1-3
$259
$150

Refunds & Price Adjustments

If you register in error, we have a 24 hour, no-fee cancellation policy. Just call us or email us within 24 hours and we will take care of it.

After that, you can receive a refund, less a $50 admin fee, up until 14 days before the camp starts.

There are no refunds within 14 days of camp start.

We offer a sibling discount for 2 children from the same family registered in the same program. The sibling discount is 10% and the code is SIBLING.

There is an Early Bird Discount of 10% on all registrations up to March 31. The discount will be applied automatically.

We do not offer price adjustments for missed days. Please select a week that works for your schedule.

Hardware, Accounts & Materials

Computers and electronic supplies are all included.

Kids will get to take home all the non-electronic compoments they have built, along with their choice of a Makey Makey or Circuit Playground Express at the end of the week, to keep creating at home.

Scratch & MakeCode are both free and fully available for kids to continue coding at home during and after the camp.

Class Size & Instructors

Camps are capped at 8 students, and will have a 4:1 ratio or better at this age group.

Our instructors are adults who are studying or have completed post-secondary education. We hire talented high school students as teaching assistants and to provide near-peer interactions.

All of our instructors have relevant coding or technology expertise.

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