Leads: (2017) Ela Bandari, Paula MacDowell, Jon Nakane, David Ng (host), Vassi Sharlandjieva, Shannon Percival Smith, Holman Wang, Kim Werker.

Collaborators (past and present): GEERing Up! (UBC Engineering), Cozy Classics, Maker Media, Maker Media, Might Ugly (Kim werker), UBC Engineering Physics, UBC Michael Smith Laboratories, Vancouver Maker Foundation.

Time: 9am to 3:30pm
Dates: July 3rd to 7th (M-F), 2017
Age Level: Girls entering grades 7 to 8 in the fall.

Running Late? Please call the lab at 604-822-2809

Max Participants: 24 max
Meeting Spot: AMBL lab (Rm 105) within the Michael Smith Building (directions)

Cost: Free

The Maker Camp is now full. We are however taking names for our waitlist. Please click on this button to sign up for the waitlist.

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The University of British Columbia and the Michael Smith Laboratories are pleased to announce our fourth annual Maker Camp. Like previous years, due to funding logistics, this one will be a girls only* camp and will be held during the week of July 3rd to 7th, 2017. Like before, it will be hosted at UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories.

Space is free and available for 24 girls, who are about to enter Grades 7 to 8 in the fall. Program runs daily from 9am to 3:30pm, with a 30 minute lunch break in the middle. Transportation to and from UBC, as well as lunch/snacks is not provided. Since this is a free workshop, please ensure that your child can attend the whole camp.

Note that permissions will also be required so that we can document and publicize some of the activities, as well as participate in the MakerCamp program. Furthermore, this year continues a research project started last year where the lab will be trying to determine the impact of equity oriented maker programs such as these. Girls participation in the research element is not required to be part of the Maker Camp, but will be greatly appreciated as it will help us work towards improving future versions of the camp.



1. Arduino Programming:
Girls will receive and learn how to code using the arduino chips, such that they can create code for electronic devices. In our case, this will include coding activities that allow programming of outputs in a sequential manner, coding that reacts to sensory input, and coding that explores the movement of motors or servos.

2. Craftivism:
Kim Werker and the lab is working on an activity that explores craftivism (using crafts for activism or advocacy). This will likely involve something that will be publicly seen on the campus ground!

3. Metal Workshop:
This activity led by Jon Nakane will get the girls to familiarize themselves with tools, and especially tools that are used to cut metal frameworks. This is often the scenario if one is building a robot for instance! In any event, hopefully girls can apply some of these techniques to even shaping pieces of cardboard which can be combined with their knowledge of the arduino to create new devices!

4. The Rube Goldberg Challenge!
As we will have programming that mixes STEM activities with craft activities, much of the work can be used towards enhancing a team-based Rube Goldberg machine. Essentially, the girls will work in teams to create an epic Rube Goldberg machine. They will have time throughout the week to work on this, where the contraptions will be scored on a point system. On the last day, there will be a showdown to see which Rube Goldberg device wins!

5. Creature Feature Workshop:
Kids will join Kim Werker, author of “Mighty Ugly,” as she guides them through the process of crafting an “ugly doll.” This is a great exercise that not only shows the kids how to make a creature/figure, a sort of “flawed hero,” with all sorts of materials; but it also stands as an excellent meta-experience that talks about how you can positively bring a person’s own personality and attitude into the art of making things.

6. Needle Felting!
Holman Wang, the artist behind the Cozy Classics publishing phenomenon, will visit to show the girls how to needle felt and make their awesome own creations.

7. Speaker Stories:
We will have a number of short visits from women scientists, engineers, and writer creators who can share what they do, and talk a bit about their careers in general.

The Maker Camp is now full. We are however taking names for our waitlist. Please click on this button to sign up for the waitlist.


* If you have a boy that is interested in similar programming, we highly encourage you to explore registration into one of our collaborator’s workshops (http://www.geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/). As well, please be aware that we also have an inclusive view of the word “girl” and we welcome trans, genderqueer, and non-binary folks interested in the workshop.