Leads: (2018) Ela Bandari, Atoosa Karimi, Jon Nakane, David Ng (host), Shannon Percival Smith, Lesley Shannon, Emily Smith, Laleh Solhi, Juliette Mollard Thibault, Amy Walker, Holman Wang.
Speakers (confirmed): Anne Casselman (Science Journalist), Marybel Soto Gomez (Botanist), Anna Hughes (Astrophysicist), Lesley Shannon (Computer Engineer).
Dates: July 2nd to 6th (M-F), 2018
Age Level: Girls entering grades 7 to 8 in the fall 2018.
Running Late? Please call the lab at 604-822-2809
Meeting Spot: AMBL lab (Rm 105) within the Michael Smith Building (directions)
The University of British Columbia and the Michael Smith Laboratories are pleased to announce our fifth 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 2nd to 6th, 2018. 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, 2018. Program runs daily from 9:30am 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.
Note that this is still in development, and parts may change when the camp finally rolls around.
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.
Emily Smith and the lab is looking to do an activity that explores craftivism (using crafts for activism or advocacy). This will likely involve something with textiles.
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. Science Activities!
The camp will have a number of science-y type activities, including an exercise and lab on polymers, and an activity to make a DIY cloud chamber (to detect sub-atomic particles)!
5. 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!
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.
* 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.