In the Summer of 2016, novice makers ages 10 to 16 (all campers welcome) were invited to build, tinker and explore with us for six weeks beginning July 12th - August 20th. Every Tuesday at the Main Library and every Saturday at Mark Twain Library campers were engaged in design/tech-centered activities that inspired and educated. Campers had the opportunity to earn badges, create 3D prints and learn different design and technical skills.
Maker Camp was free to attend but space was limited:
Groups of 4 or more need to contact The Studio at LibraryStudio@lbpl.org at least one week prior to the event date.
Individual campers should RSVP to ensure they have a spot at all of our events. RSVP at the links provided below.
To kick off Maker Camp campers will be creating LED Sketchbooks. They will start by creating custom sketchbooks from scratch, and finishing them off by creating a light up cover using LEDs, copper tape and a battery.
Sketchbooks will include pages detailing future Maker Camp activities including instructions and templates. Sketchbooks will be used for the rest of Maker Camp to sketch, plan and design future projects. In the back of each Sketchbook will be a page to collect sticker badges for each activity successfully completed. We will also discuss how different artists, designers and engineers use sketchbooks in their design and work process.
Week 2:Vector Graphics with Adobe Illustrator
Main Library: July 19 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mark Twain: July 23 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This week campers will be learning about graphic design and how to create vector images in Adobe Illustrator. Campers will begin by using their sketchbooks to draw and create ideas to bring into Illustrator. Campers will then learn how to make images using vector shapes, use the color palette, and manipulate and change the shapes.
Completed images will be turned into cutouts using a vinyl/paper cutter and designs can be used in the following week’s workshop.
Starting week 2, campers will receive a USB drive to store their digital projects. USB drives will be stored at the library, but campers that attend 3 or more Maker Camp activities will be able to keep their USB drives.
Week 3: Stop Motion Animation
Main Library: July 26 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mark Twain: July 30 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Campers will learn the traditional technique of stop motion animation, the same technique used to make the films ParaNorman and the Box Trolls. First campers will learn the basics of the animation software using Stop Motion, a mobile based animation app. Then they will plan out a short animation with storyboards and create an animation with a group.
Campers will also have the opportunity to learn about and participate in a group project utilizing a more sophisticated software, Dragon Frame, developed by the creators of the Box Trolls. This will allow campers to see a more professional animation setup, including rigging and lighting.
Week 4: Video Game Design
Main Library: August 2 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mark Twain: August 6 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Campers will learn how to make a simple top-down perspective video game using Construct 2. In the course of two hours campers will learn about basic interactive design by completing a simple tutorial that can be further customized. Campers may use the in-program art editor to make their own art or use design skills acquired in the previous week’s Adobe Illustrator activity.
Campers will learn about different online tools, from creating sound effects to chiptune music, that can help them make more engaging video game experiences. Advanced campers will have a chance to make their own custom controllers using a Makey Makey.
Week 5: 3D Design (Robot)
Main Library: August 9 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mark Twain: August 13 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This week Campers will learn to design in Tinkercad. Campers will learn the basics of 3D modeling, how to navigate within the program and how to add and manipulate shapes. Campers will then apply what they’ve learned to design a robot shell that will be used in the following week’s Scribble Bot project.
Week 6: Scribble Bots
Main Library: August 16 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mark Twain: August 20 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Using motors, switches, batteries and 3D printed parts, campers will be creating scribble bots. Although not the smartest of robots, scribble bots are an engaging introduction to the world of electronics. Campers will combine and remix materials to create their own unique scribbling robot. Large sheets of paper will be laid out as canvas and the scribble bots will scribble away.