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Maker Camp is a virtual summer camp created by the folks at Google and Make Magazine. Kids participate live via Google Hangouts, held Monday to Friday at 2 PM EST. Each day, counsellors guide campers through a project.  The day’s project, plus a supply list, is posted in advance. Campers can chat with each other and with counsellors, ask questions and share their projects through Google+.  Maker Camp is geared towards 13-18 year old kids. Ideal if you have a bored tween or teen moping around the house/cottage. But if your kid is not yet 13 (the age required to have a G+ profile), consider using your own log-in and doing a project together. And no worries if you can’t take part live at 2 PM, sessions can be viewed any time on YouTube. So now you’ve got dope rainy day science and tech activities in your back pocket. You’re welcome. 

Most camp sessions are broadcast live on Google+ from Maker Media headquarters in Sebastapol, California. But every Friday is Maker Camp Field Trip, with broadcasts from NASA, LEGO HQ and Cartoon Network Studios.

Kids can make simple circuits out of paper, astronaut ice cream, a mini foosball table, and much, much more.

There are two weeks of Maker Camp left! So get cracking!

 

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