Get the creative juices flowing! Science East introduces Mini Mak-r camps

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A new Science East summer camp promises to get your kids thinking outside the box – literally! Mini Mak-r is a camp for children ages 8-11 that encourages kids to be creative as they problem solve, tinker and invent.

“Makerspaces are becoming very popular collaborative places for people to work together on unique solutions for different problems and scenarios,” says educator Kayoe Stewart. “Mini Mak-r takes that concept and makes it not only kid-friendly, but kid driven.”

Children in the Mini Mak-r camp will be playing with some high-tech toys, such as Little Bits and Makey Makey. However, they’ll also be using low-tech materials to create sophisticated machines.

“One of our favourite activities is hydraulics,” says Stewart. “We give the kids some plastic tubing, a couple of plastic syringes and some old cereal boxes, and ask them to create a moving bridge that operates on hydraulics. It’s really fun to see what they come up with, using what are essentially recyclables you might find in your home.”

One of the most important concepts of the Mini Mak-r camp is trial and error – kids will be encouraged to try out ideas that may not work the first time, or even the tenth time!

“It’s an important step in the learning process, to see that sometimes it takes a while to get it right. Our campers learn the process of developing an idea, prototyping it, and then testing and tinkering until it works the way they want it to. They learn how to communicate better and how to work hard for a goal – and that makes them more confident, more creative, and more excited about learning.”

Mini Mak-r camps are running July 13-17 and July 27-31 at Science East Science Centre in Fredericton.

Register online here

More information on all Science East camps here.