Maker House Announces All-new Series of Summer Day Camps with a Twist

May 7, 2014

Your little ones could be as happy as the Maker House mascot, should they sign up for the brand-new Summer Camps.

Your little ones could be as happy as the Maker House mascot, should they sign up for the brand-new Summer Camps.

by James J. Jefferies

The rising mercury and pending parental conundrum of their little ones suddenly being turned loose at the end of the school year means it’s time to ponder the age-old question of going away to summer camp. For many parents, this invites classic (if less-than-appealing) images of pup tents, awkward sleeping arrangements, sad letters from homesick children, animal attacks, unsightly body rashes, overturned canoes, you name it.

Maker House, that Downtown Tucson bastion of do-it-yourself ingenuity and the Swiss Army knife of different and exciting events, has an alternative cure in mind for those summertime blues. They’ve devised a special series of short-duration summer day-programming for kids ages 7-15, most of which will run from 8am to 6pm, making it a convenient destination for working parents.

Maker House has spacious facilities, projectors, seating galore, and more creative tools than you can shake a soldering iron at!

Maker House has spacious facilities, projectors, seating galore, and more creative tools than you can shake a soldering iron at!

However, this isn’t like the traditional day camp you may have seen advertised elsewhere. Instead of the usual slate of daytime camp field trips, athletic events, and movie-watching, they’ve specifically crafted a series of camps that emphasize exploration of potential new skills and fields of interest that relate to the new growth fields of our 21st-century information-based economy.

Some of the highlighted examples of this series include a class on photography, in which participants will need their own digital camera, and will be introduced to basic concepts of photography such as depth of field, shutter speed, aperture and ISO impact on the final frame. They’ll be taught about composition, framing, and how to use digital editing software to enhance the final product, all of which will come together as they assemble a mini-portfolio that will be displayed online on the Maker House website.

If game design, video or table-top, happen to be your child’s thing, there’s a camp for that, too. Maker House happens to be a haven for classic arcade and video games, but this camp will explore every facet of gaming, including underlying principles of basic game design and working towards making a prototype of their own games by the end of the week.

In a collaborative space crawling with chess boards, ancient video game hardware (like the vintage Sega coin-op in the background) and a staff that is incredibly passionate about all manner of gaming, you'd have a tough time finding a better place to rile the curiosity of a young gamer as to how these things are designed.

In a collaborative space crawling with chess boards, ancient video game hardware (like the vintage Sega coin-op in the background) and a staff that is incredibly passionate about all manner of gaming, you’d have a tough time finding a better place to rile the curiosity of a young gamer as to how these things are designed.

If straight-up electronic circuitry is their passion, they’ve got that covered with a session that will have students assemble basic projects and tear down commercial electronic products to learn what makes them tick. (Your computer will be safe at last.) There’s a total of nine different camps, ranging from creative writing to robotics, one or more of which is sure to be the thing for your kid.

Each camp will be limited to 40 campers per session, with a ratio of one instructor for every ten students or less, and the cost is $250 for a week-long session, though a discount is available if the child is enrolled for seven or more weeks. They’ll also be carefully matched with instructors that can cater to their level of experience, so whether they’re completely new to the subject (no experience is necessary) or relatively experienced in their own right, they will be able to take full advantage of the week, having fun and pushing their skill set forward in a supportive environment. A $50 deposit for each camp is due by May 15th, with the first camp scheduled to begin May 26th.

Whatever it is your child is passionate about, there’s sure to be something for them at this innovative new program, one that will both encourage their creativity while introducing fundamentals of the given subject. It could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship between your child and a whole new pursuit. For more information, please check out the Maker House Summer Camp website here, or email camps@makerhouse.org with any questions you may have.

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