Team: Talia Chan, Deanna Ly, Jon Nakane, Dave Ng, Hannah Ng, Annie Tsoromocos, Nadia Zhang, Holman Wang

Collaborators (past and present): GEERing Up! (UBC Engineering), Cozy Classics, Maker Media, Kim Werker, UBC Engineering Physics, UBC Michael Smith Laboratories

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Dates: Monday, August 19th to Thursday, August 22nd, 2024

Age Level: Girls entering grades 7 to 8 in the fall.

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

Max Participants: 16
Meeting Spot: AMBL lab (Rm 105) within the Michael Smith Building (directions)

Cost: Free

Note that we are now full. To be placed on a waitlist, please click here.

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The University of British Columbia and the Michael Smith Laboratories are pleased to announce our ninth 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 August 19th to 22nd, 2024 (Monday to Thursday). Like before, it will be hosted at UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories.

Space is free and available for 16 girls, who are about to enter Grades 7 to 8 in the fall. Program runs daily from 10:00am to 3:00pm, 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.

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1. Arduino Programming:
Girls will receive and learn how to code using the arduino chip, 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. Breadboarding and circuit building:
We will have a session dedicated to the girls familiarizing themselves with building circuits. This sets up the ability to make electronic devices which will be powered by code downloaded onto the Arduino motherboard.

3. DNA and genetics lab!
Girls will be taught some genetics and perform a biochemistry experiment that allows them to isolate their DNA in a form that can be visualized.

4. Needle Felting!
The camp will have a needle felting activity guided by Holman Wang (see Students will be encouraged to make something that could potentially house their arduino projects.

5. 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!

6. Microscopy and Biodiversity!
The camp will have a microscopy activity that will allow the girls to look for microbes, and discuss the importance of biodiversity in an ever changing climate.


Note that we are now full. To be placed on a waitlist, please click here.

* 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 ( 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.