As one of Camp Gateway’s newest summer additions, Mini Makers encompasses programming, design, engineering, multimedia, creativity and fun!

Utilizing the resources of Gateway School’s DISCOVERY CENTER, our mini maker summer programs will encourage students to take their creative ideas from sketch to completion using 21st century tools such as 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, and become more comfortable behind the computer screen coding and creating.  This innovative approach to “hands-on” technology allows students to become inventors and fabricators, engaging in multi-discipline learning and exploration.

2017 Mini Maker Classes

Number of classes found: 12
Mini Maker: Arduino Exploration!
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Join Gateway teacher Kurt Almendras as he takes campers through the exploration of Arduino! This Mini Maker class will provide each camper a kit that will allow campers to explore the world of electronic prototyping platform​s. This Mini Maker class will help encourage beginner and intermediate programmers in creating interactive environments and projects.  Campers will have the option to purchase their kit at the end of the course to continue exploring and programming over the summer and beyond!

Mini Maker: Clay Animation
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! Plan, design a storyboard, and write a script. Then, build clay characters, scenery and props to bring your story to life using a digital camera, tripod, animation software and moviemaking techniques.

Mini Maker: Create a LEGO Movie
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! Learn to make a stop-motion movie using LEGO® bricks and mini figures. Make background scenery, storyboards, gain experience using cameras and tripods, and have fun being a director.

Mini Maker: Digital Art
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! Campers will learn a variety of computer art programs similar to what a graphic artist would use. Paint with watercolors & oils, and draw with pencils, pastels and charcoal — all on a computer. Then, create a 3-D virtual art museum to display your computer-created artwork!

Mini Maker: Fun with Engineering
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! Students will be introduced to and work on engineering projects such as a robotic arm, different types of bridges, and a flight vehicle to explore various engineering fields including mechanical, robotic, structural/civil and aerospace. Students will learn about science, math, design and engineering concepts through play, and learn how various careers incorporate these concepts.

Mini Maker: LEGO Animals and their habitats
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! Using LEGO® bricks and specialty pieces, students will explore different types of animals and their habitats. They will build and study animals in mountains, deserts, the rainforest, arctic regions, oceans, grasslands, and wetlands. Students will gain experience with creativity and development of fine motor skills!

Mini Maker: LEGO Machines
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! LEGO Machines, campers will learn about engineering concepts, simple machines (levers, axles, gears, pulleys, and more), problem solving, the scientific method, and engineering careers. Campers will build a variety of models incorporating simple machines, including a vehicle and a windmill, and then test their models!

Mini Maker: LEGO Machines
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! LEGO Machines, campers will learn about engineering concepts, simple machines (levers, axles, gears, pulleys, and more), problem solving, the scientific method, and engineering careers. Campers will build a variety of models incorporating simple machines, including a vehicle and a windmill, and then test their models!

Mini Maker: LEGO storytelling
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! Using LEGO® bricks and specialty pieces, campers will explore the creation of ideas and stories through play. Campers will gain experience with creativity, problem-solving, fine-motor skills, abstraction, and learn how they can express their thoughts through physical objects. Each week, the students will learn about a different type of story, then use LEGO minifigs to create their own story.

Mini Maker: Minecraft Moviemaking
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! Campers will learn to make a stop-motion movie, using the same techniques used in movies like Gumby, Coraline and Wallace & Gromit. In this class, students will use Minecraft figures and Minecraft background scenes. Students will make a storyboard, build props and gain experience using USB cameras and editing software, and have fun being a producer and director!

Mini Maker: MinecraftEdu
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! Minecraft is phenomenally-popular simulation software that encourages kids to be creative and solve problems. Students will explore MinecraftEdu and ComputercraftEdu. Each session will offer something different. Students will explore different worlds, biomes, creative building techniques (including automated building with ComputerCraft), Redstone, programming, and more!

Mini Maker: Theme Park Design
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Camp Gateway is excited to be teaming up with local business – Learn to Discover, to offer mini makers classes all summer long! Plan, design, virtually build and manage a theme park on the computer. Learn how roller coasters work, how to design amusement park rides, theming, and how to make your park successful, using a computer program. Then, physically build a theme park ride using hands-on K’NEX kits.