Maker Camps

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In the summer of 2015, Ferndale hosted a K-12 community based free Maker Camp spread over the summer. Each week had a theme including Fantasy, Fun & Games, Funkytown and more. Students had a variety of maker projects to choose from and engaged in a showcase of their products at the end of each week. Over 100 students attended the camp during the summer. A preview of the camp was featured in a Woodward Talk article.

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In the summer of 2016, Maker Camp returned in the form of Mini Maker Camps targeting specific age levels. Kindergarten through 2nd graders became “house designers” using the engineering design process to iterate their way to a pig safe house that would not get blown away by the big bad wolf. Kindergarten and 2nd graders also got to create their own dramatic adventures by learning how to code Dash and Dot robots using iPads to bring their very own story to life. Third through fifth graders lit up the room during their Circuit City camp where they constructed their very own light up cities after learning how to utilize paper circuits. Our middle school and high school students participated in a Hackathon for Public Good where they coded and collaborated to solve a community problem.

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In the summer of 2017, middle school students participated in the goIT Design Your Own App program through a partnership with Tata Consulting Services. Students walked through the steps of the Design Thinking process in order to come up with an app pitch that addressed a health or fitness problem that was important to them.

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