Maker Camp for Kids! Week 2

A week of fun packed with experimenting, learning, tinkering activities and more!

It is for anyone aged 9-12 who likes creating, crafting, DYI projects, tinkering and learning. If you’re looking for inspiring STEM activities for your kids, this is the right place!

Throughout the week, we will play with animation, electronics, building, laser cutting, 3D printing and more!

This camp will be run by YuKonstruct staff members. Outside instructors will be coming to teach specific skills and projects. Along with them will be facilitators to play games, help with activities and join in on the fun.

What we’ll do

  • electronics
  • robotics
  • sewing
  • laser cutting
  • 3D printing
  • more fun projects

What you get

  • learn new skills
  • build projects
  • take home what you create
  • collaborate with others
  • use cool equipment (like laser cutters and 3D printers)

What to bring

  • lunch and snacks
  • water bottle
  • indoor footwear
  • warm clothing for outside and winter boots
  • ideas for any projects you might want to create during or after the camp

YuKonstruct’s Guiding Principles:

We are a creative and inclusive community that believes sharing leads to more making.
We are dedicated to providing affordable access to the space, equipment and knowledge.
We serve individuals and businesses to support innovation, provide a space for tinkering, prototyping and manufacturing.
We wish to create a community of entrepreneurs, inventors, tinkerers, artists and innovators.

We’ll host two one-week Maker Camps during March Break. As we’ll deliver the same program twice, please register your child for one week only!

Got questions? Email us at info@yukonstruct.com

Sponsored by:

Maker Camp for Kids! Week 1

A week of fun packed with experimenting, learning, tinkering activities and more!

It is for anyone aged 9-12 who likes creating, crafting, DYI projects, tinkering and learning. If you’re looking for inspiring STEM activities for your kids, this is the right place!

Throughout the week, we will play with animation, electronics, building, laser cutting, 3D printing and more!

This camp will be run by YuKonstruct staff members. Outside instructors will be coming to teach specific skills and projects. Along with them will be facilitators to play games, help with activities and join in on the fun.

What we’ll do

  • electronics
  • robotics
  • sewing
  • laser cutting
  • 3D printing
  • more fun projects

What you get

  • learn new skills
  • build projects
  • take home what you create
  • collaborate with others
  • use cool equipment (like laser cutters and 3D printers)

What to bring

  • lunch and snacks
  • water bottle
  • indoor footwear
  • warm clothing for outside and winter boots
  • ideas for any projects you might want to create during or after the camp

YuKonstruct’s Guiding Principles:

We are a creative and inclusive community that believes sharing leads to more making.
We are dedicated to providing affordable access to the space, equipment and knowledge.
We serve individuals and businesses to support innovation, provide a space for tinkering, prototyping and manufacturing.
We wish to create a community of entrepreneurs, inventors, tinkerers, artists and innovators.

We’ll host two one-week Maker Camps during March Break. As we’ll deliver the same program twice, please register your child for one week only!

Got questions? Email us at info@yukonstruct.com

Sponsored by:

Robocritters on the loose at Augusto!

YuKonstruct volunteers Kerän and Ben were on hand for a fun robot building workshop at the Augusto Children’s Festival. Here is Kerän’s report on what they got up to.

What is it like to be a robotics engineer? Nineteen kids found out last weekend at the Augusto Children’s Festival in Haines Junction.
They were attending a robot-building workshop where they created their own battery-operated machines. Five volunteers, including an engineering grad with experience in building robots, led the kids through the business of design, assembly, wiring, soldering and testing.

Each child received a kit containing all the pieces needed to create a movable machine. The festival teamed up with BYTE and YuKonstruct to provide an array of craft supplies for decoration and volunteers to help out.

The first step was to construct wheel assemblies using motors and axles. Those were then hot glued to pieces of foam core. From there it was on to the tricky job of wiring the motors to a control box. If the wires aren’t connected properly, the robots could end up spinning in circles instead of driving forward and backwards. Then it was on to design and this is where the kids were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild. Volunteer Ben Sanders says there was no shortage of ideas. “The designs ranged from monsters and airplanes to feathered birds and even a robotic maid that serves little cups of tea.”

The robot kits were purchased from the Manitoba Robot Games in Winnipeg. The non-profit group has been introducing elementary school students to robotics for 22 years.

Electronic Crafts on Canada Day

YuKonstruct took part in the City of Whitehorse’s Canada Day celebrations at Shipyards Park this year, with a fun all-ages workshop on electronic crafts. We brought some of our favourite LED craft kits to the event: electronic operation game, mini flashlights and LED flowers, as well as the always-popular squishy circuits (play dough and LEDs).

Samples of the LED crafts

Amid the fun festival atmosphere at the park, participants in the Kids Zone learned some basic electric circuits and assembled their crafts with assistance from YuKonstruct members.

Squishy Circuits using conductive play dough

March Break Maker Camp Summary

Over the school holidays, YuKonstruct’s makerspace was teeming with a dozen pre-teens as we kicked off our March Break Maker Camp!

The 5 day camp consisted of lots of hands on activities and made use of the makerspace’s awesome equipment. The camp participants got to experience laser cutting, bottle rocket building and blast off, 3D design and printing, carpentry, stop animation, robotics and more!

Everyone went home each day with items that they’d built/designed/crafted/created.

 

This animation video is a project the kids created together as a group, our campers developed the story plot, designed the characters and made the sets themselves.

Other highlights included getting robots to navigate through a maze, building towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows, and laser cutting a variety of animals.

“Please bring a camp in the summer please I’m begging you please”
– Maker Camp participant feedback

“I think you guys nailed it. Robotics, stop animation, rockets, 3D printing, using the laser cutter… don’t think it gets better than that!”
– Maker Camp parent feedback

 

Make it Wild – ice-fishing at Little Atlin Lake

Never been icefishing, but wanted to learn how? Want to add fresh, locally caught lake whitefish to your diet? Come to our event, and do both!

Abundant and delicious, lake whitefish are one of the Yukon’s most overlooked sustainable food source. With the right gear, and a little know-how, icefishing is the perfect way to catch these fish, and with a frozen lake at your disposal, there’s room for friends to enjoy fishing together. Join YuKonstructEnvironment Yukon, and Fish on Yukon at Little Atlin Lake to learn more about the what, where and how of icefishing for lake whitefish, and try persuading one to accompany you home for supper.

Fisheries Office Aaron Foos will be available to help set up your gear – learn how to tie some basic fishing knots, put a swivel into your line, and secure your fishing gear.

Kids can make a toy fishing rod and whitefish. To sign up for a children’s craft activity with YuKonstruct, please email amy@yukonstruct.com to let her know how many.

Registration required to learn to tie whitefish flies with Conservation Officer Aaron Koss-Young- limited spots available!

Dress suitably for the weather, and bring your own lunch, something to sit on (a bucket or camp chair). A thermarest or foam camping mattress is also recommended. Bring your own icefishing rod and tackle. Some icefishing necessities (auger, ice scoop, etc.) will be available.

All anglers require Yukon Angling Licences – get yours online

General attendance and optional kids craft

Registration for fly tying instruction (includes general admission)

 

Gift making – Wooden toy

Looking for a great gift idea for kids that is safe, environmentally friendly, and fun to play with? This homemade wooden baby toy is modeled after a classic design and could be perfect for the youngest in your family this holiday season.
It is a truly satisfying toy as it can be chewed, it squishes, and it jingles!
Instructor Bio: Amy is a dedicated Yukonstruct volunteer. Since the birth of her first nephew she has been exploring the art and craft of wooden baby toys.
Min: 3 Max: 8.
Members: $30, Non-members; $35