Maker Camp: City of the Future

Join our Maker Camp for ages 10+ at Tam High to build a City of the Future.
Join our Maker Camp for ages 10+ at Tam High to build a City of the Future.

SORRY, THIS CAMP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

OUR NEXT CLASS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE IN FALL 2016.

SEE NEW COURSE PAGE.

Create a futuristic city with arts and electronics!

In this Maker Camp for ages 10-15, you will build a city of the future with other students, then bring it to life with animated characters, lights, sounds and motion.

You will imagine what the world will be like in 100 years and design a model of a 22nd century town together. You will first make your own futuristic home with a cardboard ‘wonderbox’ and a small character, then light it up and make things move inside it. You will then work with other students to assemble your boxes into a small city of the future. At the end of the course, we will make a short video about your wonderbox and characters — which you get to keep.

This fun and educational program combines art and technology to help young learners develop new skills in playful ways: science, technology, engineering, art and math skills (STEAM); creative expression, communication and social skills.

This summer camp will be the week of July 11 to 15. We will meet every day from 9am to 1pm, for 5 days, in our makerspace at Tam High School (see below).

The cost is $325 for the week. All materials are included, and you can take them home with you at the end of the course (this includes Arduino boards and electronic parts, a $50 value).

Sign up here .

Learn more about this course:

Who is it for?

This program is aimed at middle school children, ages 10-15 (grades 6-9). No experience necessary! Sign up here.

When is it?

This summer camp will be the week of July 11 to 15. We will meet every day from 9am to 1pm, for 5 days, in our makerspace at Tam High School.

Where is it?

This program will take place in the wood shop at Tam High:

Tamalpais High School
Woodshop (Room 416)
700 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(see map.)

What will we learn?

You will create your own interactive art, in a playful way that makes learning more fun. Working collaboratively, you will make lights blink, sounds play and things move — bringing characters to life inside a cardboard ‘wonderbox.’ You will also learn to program the popular Arduino board, to make yourr creations more interactive.

This unique combination of art and technology will help you develop a range of new skills:

  • critical and logical thinking;
  • science, technology, engineering and math skills;
  • Arduino and computer programming;
  • Adobe Illustrator and laser cutting;
  • Sketchup and 3D printing;
  • creative expression and storytelling skills;
  • dramatic, pictorial, and musical interpretation;
  • communication, collaboration and social skills.

To learn more about what we will do together, read these pages about our spring course:

What tools and materials will we use?

You will have access to these tools:

  • Laser cutter
  • 3D Printer
  • Electronics tools
  • Light Wood fabrication tools
  • Small Woodturning tools

You will also use one of our Windows computers, which include different software tools for makers (e.g.: Adobe Illustrator, Arduino, Sketchup, etc.)

We will provide all materials for this camp: art supplies, batteries, cardboard, electronic parts, lights, motors, wire, wood, solder, glue and paint, to name but a few.

You will also receive these materials, which you can take home with you (a $50 value):

Who is teaching this?

This maker course will be led by Fabrice Florin and Geo Monley, with other members of our community.

Fabrice Florin
Fabrice is a multimedia innovator who creates unique experiences to inform and engage communities through digital and physical media. He has led the development of many pioneering products in education, news and entertainment, working with innovators such as Apple, Macromedia and Wikipedia. He is a lead designer for the ‘Pataphysical Slot Machine, a poetic oracle — and helped create many of its art wonderboxes. Fabrice has taught maker art and multimedia at all grade levels in the Bay Area. Learn more at fabriceflorin.com .

Geo Monley
Geo has been making and tinkering with things all his life. He teaches Woodworking, Architectural Design, Engineering Design, and Mathematics to adolescents at Tamalpais High School. He also runs an adult woodworking program at the Tam High through TUHSD Community Education. He is transforming the school’s wonderful woodshop into a maker space, to share his love of making with teenagers and adults. Learn more at geomonley.com .

How much does it cost?

The total cost for this course is $325 per student for the week.

This includes the cost of an Arduino Uno kit and other electronic parts, which you can take home with you at the end of the course (a $50 value).

How can I sign up?

Sign up here, on the Tam High District’s Community Education site.

Classes require a minimum of 6 participants and are limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

How can I learn more?

Visit our site for more info: tammakers.org .
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We look forward to hearing from you!