NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 25, 2015) - Make: magazine announced that it will host Maker Camp -- its free, online project-based program for kids -- year-round. Starting Oct. 5, young Makers can continue the summer camp experience each week with special projects, videos, and field trips, hosted by Make: magazine on makercamp.com.
"Making shouldn't end just because summer's over. The success of the last four years demonstrated that it was time for a year-long Maker Camp program, dedicated to getting kids involved in making every day," said Dale Dougherty, executive chairman and founder of Maker Media, founder and publisher of Make: and co-founder of Maker Faire. "The response from our affiliates, parents, teachers and kids themselves to this idea has been overwhelming. We know that kids who participate in making through projects have greater confidence in their abilities in other areas. Maker Camp gives them the opportunity to fully explore their making potential."
The Maker Camp After-School Program's goal is to keep kids inspired and making throughout the year, and builds on the momentum of the seasonal camp program that has reached over 1 million users since the launch in 2012. Campers can continue to participate in projects, field trips, and counselor-led experiences from anywhere including: home, mobile device, or local community spaces such as the public library. The format changes from daily projects to a weekly project, with a new video released weekly, focused on step-by-step project builds.
For the nearly 350,000 campers in 2015 and the expected new attendees, STEM components, as well as classic arts and crafts will drive most projects and will follow thematic elements that will rotate every few months. Each project will be geared towards an average age of 12 but the videos will also provide suggestions to tailor the project, based on the child's current skill level.
"The past four years have really been formative, helping identify the best programming for Maker Camp. Also, leveraging our growing affiliate network of libraries, makerspaces, and clubs like 4-H to host a physical camp," said Kelli Townley, Maker Camp head of production. "We had over 800 affiliate sites during the 2015 summer program, so we knew that we were ready to grow and develop the production into something bigger and broader to reach more kids."
To learn more about Maker Camp After-School Program, to become an affiliate, or to register as an individual, please visit the homepage at makercamp.com. For those interested in purchasing a Maker Camp materials kit, are available on makershed.com.
About MAKER MEDIA
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.