WIN: Makerkids Gift Certificate for Virtual STEM Programs

Empower children to be creators, not just consumers

MakerKids is the original Maker Concept franchise with over 6 years of successful history. MakerKids has seen transformative results – kids have started businesses, won awards from NASA, been shown on television, had positive results in mental health, and more. We’re not just a coding program, MakerKids is a franchise that helps kids develop confidence, social skills, change skills, and a positive relationship with technology. Our Coding, Robotics & Minecraft programs and camps have the most transformative effects on children, helping them improve their skills and realize their true potential.

MakerKids story

After spending some time in the corporate world, Jennifer Turliuk was ready for a career change and wanted her work to have a more positive impact. She was accepted into a program at NASA called Singularity University, where she learned to apply exponential technologies to education. She’d spent time with kids and wanted to run a makerspace for kids in the Toronto area to give them better lives and enable them to step into their innovation. The company received excellent media coverage and many franchise inquiries. Jennifer is focused on the children’s personal development with the programs and camps and is excited to share the opportunity to change the children’s lives with you.

Week programs: Robotics, coding, Minecraft, or idea incubator

Reserve your child’s place in our state-of-the-art virtual day programs

At MakerKids we offer ongoing virtual day programs that students can participate in from the comfort of their own home at a time that is convenient for them.

Are you looking for the perfect activity for your son or daughter?

With our daily virtual STEM live programs, you can quickly create entertaining projects within a group of your colleagues, regardless of their level. Our live instructors ensure that you get the help you need at exactly the right time.

Interested in STEM programs and learning for online kids? Your child will learn the basics of MINT (science, technology, engineering and math) while building important social skills and change skills. Children will create their own inventions in our daily programs. The programs consist of 2-hour sessions once a day (5 days a week). Sign up for the daily time slot of your choice and pay weekly.

The time slots for our online STEM programs are limited. So register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Idea Incubator STEM Daily Programs

Grades 3-5 and 6-8

In our daily STEM programs from Idea Incubator, kids will immerse themselves in our three core STEM themes: coding, robotics, and Minecraft.

If you are looking for an inspiring STEM education, you’ve come to the right place! In every camp, kids do something great, create their own projects, and collaborate with others. Build leadership skills, meet other kids who are doers, do your own project, and more.

Skills Learned: Social Skills, Confidence, Design, Problem Solving, Game Design, Electronics, and Planning

Coding programs

Grades 3-5 & 6-8

Coding is an important language for learning. With the ever increasing demand for STEM employees, learning to code at a young age is a surefire way to gain an edge in today’s competitive professional world. Kids code games, websites and more. They learn how computers work, exercise creativity by developing ideas about what their project will look and feel, and build resilience and persistence in troubleshooting their code.

Children learn everything they need to know to program their own game: character development, storyboarding, animation, environment and level design, beta testing and of course coding.

Skills learned: resilience, trust, internet safety, logic, game design, beta testing

Robotics programs

Grades 1-2, 3-5 & 6-8

Create the world around you! In our robotics programs, kids design, plan, program and build electronic inventions while they use a robotics electronic microcontroller and learn to code. Children will better understand how everyday objects work around them and have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life.

The microcontrollers we use are used by industry professionals.

Children make electronic creations that they could only dream of before. Code a ‘robot brain’ to do something awesome. Children can see the results of their code right in front of their eyes. They realize that they can make things that others can use. Children exercise creativity by developing project ideas, learning to design projects for specific user needs, and providing and receiving feedback on their designs

Skills learned: confidence, creativity, teamwork, coding, electronics, math, reading, writing, design

Minecraft programs

Grades 3-5 & 6-8

In our Minecraft programs, kids learn how to make Minecraft even better, how computers and servers work, and how to work with kids while working with kids who are equally passionate about Minecraft.

We use the incredibly popular game Minecraft (now a compulsory subject in Finland) as a medium to help kids build transferable skills like coding, electronics, 3D design, servers, and more. We use the children’s interest in Minecraft as a gateway to introduce them to other STEM topics like robotics and coding. Minecraft is also a great medium for teaching positive internet and communication skills. Children build amazing digital creations.

Skills learned: social skills, patience, communication, teamwork, problem solving, coding, 3D design

Mini MakerKids programs

Grade 1-2

Welcome Mini MakerKids! This program is for short people who like to think big. Kids learn how to create and create using various platforms and gadgets. Children will be exposed to both technical skills and 21st century skills such as creativity and confidence. Based on the STEM education, children build a solid foundation for thinking, coding, and how computers work. With logic and design, kids will create something amazing and extraordinary.

Children learn how to use key technologies such as computers and ready-made robots. Kids will touch on all of our three core topics: coding, robotics, and Minecraft. The most important skills children will learn include: design, design process, game design, problem solving, and planning. Children will create, experiment, adapt, and try again. The basics of electricity, energy, and programming (how computers think) are covered in fun ways that kids can see in action!

Mini MakerKids introduces kids in grades 1 and 2 to our core technology topics: coding, robotics, and Minecraft. Our Mini MakerKids programs allow your child to work on a variety of projects in small groups. They will design their own video game, create robotic inventions, explore the 3D design world of Minecraft, and do design and experimentation. Each class that your child took the week before builds on programs with transferable technical and social skills.

The weekly multidisciplinary exposure focuses on valuable skills and the daily return to familiar platforms allows kids to see real progress as their skills grow.

Skills Learned: Social Skills, Confidence, Design, Problem Solving, Game Design, Electronics, and Planning

Technical requirements

Basic requirements:

  • An internet connection
  • Work microphone and speakers – We recommend headphones or a headset (that have been tested and working) with a built-in microphone so you can hear us and we can hear you as clearly as possible. If you don’t have headphones or a headset, please make sure your child is in a quiet place – as long as they have speakers and a microphone and are in a quiet place, that’s fine. Please reduce background noise or move to a quiet area for the benefit of all children in the class.
  • Optional: Webcam – Either external or built-in (many laptops have an integrated camera).
  • Laptop or desktop (no tablet or phone)
  • keyboard and mouse
  • Chrome browser

Detailed system requirements:

  • Broadband Internet connection (ideally with a download speed of at least 1.2 Mbit / s and an upload speed of 600 Kbit / s)
  • For coding classes: 4 GB RAM or more (<4 GB RAM may work but are unstable in certain situations)
  • For Minecraft and Idea Incubator classes ONLY
    • Minecraft system requirements (source)
      • Minecraft: PC (Windows 7 or higher) or Mac (OSX 10.7 or higher) (no Chromebook)
        • CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent (older or less powerful CPUs may work but are unstable in certain situations).
        • RAM: 4 GB or more (<4 GB RAM may work but is unstable in some situations)
      • Minecraft Java Edition Launcher installed
        • Purchased a Minecraft Java Edition account

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VICTORY: 24/7 MOMS and Makerkids are giving away a $ 25 Makerkids Gift Certificate for STEM Virtual Programs!

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US entries only and one entry per person. The winner will be selected on February 6, 2021.

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Makerkids to support this campaign. We have received compensation for participating in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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