Laser cutting, 3-D printing, virtual architectural design – these are just some of the skills that kids and youth in Delta are eagerly learning through the Delta School District’s MakerLabs. And this spring break, Maker Camps are being offered in both North Delta and South Delta.
“In today’s world of technology and innovation there is no reason why kids cannot learn these cool and valuable skills. Around the globe, metal fabricators, knitters, painters and coders, to name a few, are sharing spaces with one another. The borders between crafting and art, fabricating and design are blurring and the results are astonishing innovations,” explains Brooke Moore, District Principal of Inquiry and Innovation, Delta School District.
At the spring break Maker Camps, kids aged 8 to 12 will build a turtle robot, learn about drawing and sketching, 3D design and 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, metal works and more. Participants will make a 3D printed figurine of themselves. For youth aged 13 to 17, they will learn geometry and trigonometry while building and programming a robotic arm. They will also learn about laser cutting, 3D printing, electronics, the Internet of Things, and will have the option to design a wearable tech clothing item.
“3D printing is often the gateway experience that piques learners’ interest and nudges creativity and curiosity. Kids wonder, ‘What else can I make? What else is possible?’” said Moore.
The Delta School District created its first Marker Lab in Ladner at the Delta Manor Education Centre last summer. Now, a brand new Maker Lab has just opening at North Delta Secondary School. The spring break Maker Camps will be taking place at both locations. For more information and to register please visit: https://deltalearns.ca/makerlab/maker-camps/