Leads: (2019) Noor Adil, Ela Bandari, Jon Nakane, Jacqueline Nash, David Ng (host), Kim Werker.

Speakers (TBA):

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

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Dates: July 2nd to 5th (Tues-Fri), 2019
Age Level: Girls entering grades 7 to 8 in the fall 2019.

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

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The University of British Columbia and the Michael Smith Laboratories are pleased to announce our sixth 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 5th, 2019 (TUES to FRI). 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, 2019. 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.

2. Craftivism:
Kim Werker and the lab is looking to do an activity that explores craftivism (using crafts for activism or advocacy). This will likely involve something to do with protest signs (maybe on themes around gender equity, climate change, evidence based thinking).

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 likely have a number of science-y type activities, such as an activity to make a DIY cloud chamber (to detect sub-atomic particles), or possibly some pond biodiversity microscopy work!

5. 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.

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* 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.