The Maker Lab is conducting its second annual Maker Academy this summer.
Maker Academy is a summer day camp that utilizes the state-of-the-art Maker Lab equipment to teach younger generations different processes of making and creating.
The classes include various problem-solving activities combined with technology and contemporary maker movement. Students will have a hands-on experience and will learn design thinking, the basics of rapid prototyping and digital fabrication, and how to collaborate with peers.
“We’re gearing up for our second edition of the Maker Academy,” said Nil Santana, instructor of art and design. “I love seeing the youngsters engage in making activities and challenges we present to them. They just spark their creativity and enthusiasm working with their peers, testing and building things. That’s a great example of how making must be an essential aspect of learning.”
The Maker Academy is open to the public and is divided into three different camps: Camp One, Camp Two and Camp Three.
Camp One is for 4th-6th graders and will be June 1 and 2 with a $60 registration fee.
In this creativity camp, students will learn how to make and build prototypes by hand using simple tools such as paper, glue and tape.
Camp Two is for 6th-8th graders and will be June 3-5 with a $90 registration fee.
Students in this camp will learn about digital fabrication. They will use the laser-cutter and software to build prototypes made of cardboard and card stock as well as learn to work on teams.
Camp Three is for 8th-12th graders and will be June 15-18 with a $120 registration fee.
This camp will emphasize advanced making skills, and students will learn how to cut materials with the laser-cutter and CNC router.
Each camp has 20 available spots, and classes will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the camp’s designated days.
For more information, or to register, visit http://blogs.acu.edu/makerlab and click on “Maker Academy ’15.”