Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of MAKE magazine and Maker Faire, officially kicked off Maker Camp 2013 yesterday. The free summer camp for teens – hosted on Google+ – runs for the next six weeks.
“Maker Camp is a whole new kind of camp: an online summer camp that is completely free and open to everyone. Maker Camp takes place wherever you are, by letting you do fun activities and share them with others through the Google+ platform. You’ll make cool projects, go on epic virtual ‘field trips’ and meet awesome makers,” Dougherty explained in a blog post.
“This is Maker Camp’s second summer, and the format is similar: Each weekday morning, we’ll post a new project or activity on our Google+ page—30 things to make over six weeks. Each weekday afternoon, tune in to a live Google+ Hangout On Air to meet expert makers who create amazing things. And like last year, our Field Trip Friday Hangouts will take you to new places that few of us get to see.”
According to Dougherty, Maker Camp has added a few items to make this year’s version even better. For example, there’s a new Google+ Community for Maker Camp, along with a network of affiliate camps so Makers can create together in a local library, youth club or designated Maker-space.
“If there’s a campsite near you, you’ll find it on this map,” he continued. “We’ve worked with Google to supply many of these campsites with maker equipment like soldering kits, LEDs and [Atmel-powered] Arduino microcontrollers (good for making robots and other gadgets).”
Most importantly, says Dougherty, Maker Camp hopes to foster the DIY (do-it-yourself) spirit in young people.
“We want each camper to see how much there is that you can do and how much there is to explore all around you. Once you begin doing things, you’ll meet others who share your interests, and you can collaborate to work on projects together,” he added.
“We call that DIT (do-it-together). Google+ is a platform for that kind of collaboration, and it extends to any location and any time zone. And when Maker Camp comes to an end, you’ll have friendships that last beyond summer. What each of us can do is pretty amazing, yet what we can do together is even more amazing. In that spirit, I invite you all to join us at Maker Camp, starting today.”
Interested? You can follow Maker Camp on Google+ here.