SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 10, 2012) - MAKE magazine wants the experience of summer camp to be available to every teen, no matter where they live or their financial circumstances. On July 16, MAKE will launch Maker Camp on Google+, the first of its kind. This free virtual camp offers teens 13-18 years old 30 projects in 30 days through Google+ Hangouts.
"Making is a wonderful way for kids to explore and experiment. Our goal this summer is to encourage everyone to make something and share it with family and friends," said Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of MAKE magazine, a division of O'Reilly Media. "A maker-themed camp is a great way to accomplish this, especially for teens who are avid users of social media. They can make amazing projects and also meet new friends by sharing their Google+ circle of friends with others through Maker Camp."
Maker Camp adapts many of the best experiences of summer camp and organizes them online with Google+ so that an unlimited number of teens can participate. In addition, the days of the week are themed to ensure there are projects that appeal to every camper's interests: Maker Monday; Tinkering Tuesday; Weird Science Wednesday; Theoretical Thursday; and, Field Trip Friday.
On Mondays through Thursdays, new projects are introduced every morning by an expert camp counselor who walks teens through the steps to making the project, offering tips and advice. In the afternoon, the camp counselor hosts a Google+ Hangout On Air to offer campers a chance to ask questions, and share their projects with photos and videos. On Fridays, the camp director hosts a virtual field trip to epic destinations via the Hangout On Air feature of Google+.
Some of the projects featured during Maker Camp on Google+ are popular ones from MAKE's 3D "School's Out" special issue, such as compressed air rockets, a pinhole panoramic camera, and a mason jar biosphere. Materials lists for each project are posted ahead of time so campers can gather supplies for upcoming projects. Most materials and tools are common household items such as duct tape, pliers, and glue. Other items are easily and inexpensively obtained at grocery or hardware stores.
Maker Camp on Google+ is free and open to kids 13 years or older. To join, teens simply need to create a Google+ profile and follow MAKE on G+. For more information about Maker Camp on Google+, go to www.makezine.com/go/makercamp
MAKE is the first magazine and media company devoted entirely to the maker movement. Through a powerful combination of open source hardware, personal fabrication tools, and connected makers, MAKE and the maker movement are fostering sweeping changes, from the classroom to the boardroom. MAKE teaches and celebrates the personal and inspired use of technology through its flagship magazine (makezine.com/magazine), its wildly popular website (makezine.com), its online Maker Shed store (makershed.com), and Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth (makerfaire.com). MAKE is a division of O'Reilly Media and based in Sebastopol, CA. "The maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age." -- The New York Times