2019 CU Community Fab Lab Summer Camps
Date:Mon, 6/3/2019 - Sat, 8/3/2019
Event Type:Summer Camp
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Philosophy and Learning Processes
All of our camps are designed to help participants come up with new ideas, solve problems, and make things. We strive to create an environment where design thinking flourishes, meaning that campers (and patrons) usually learn through the iteration of prototypes made using our tools. Practically, this means trying things, sometimes failing, returning to the design, and trying again. We believe that this approach encourages campers to cultivate creative thinking and determination in addition to exposing them to new technologies.
Our camps are also designed to inspire the development of cross disciplinary skills. A camper learning about art in video game design will come away from the experience having learned about creating digital art, video game logic, and storytelling. Campers learning to sew are also learning about digital design through digital embroidery and are gaining spatial skills through the geometry fundamental to sewing.
Last, we believe that campers across all of our camps experience immense satisfaction in seeing things from their imagination brought to life, whether it is a 3D print from a Minecraft model they built or an animated video they created. Campers love hands-on learning and take great pride in what they create.
Visit Fab Lab 2019 Summer Camps for full details on each camp and to register.
Please note: Dates and times vary by camp.
2019 Fab Lab Camp Offerings
- Camp Fab Lab (9+)
- Comics & Zines
- Camp Fab Lab (11+)
- Minecraft 3D
- Plushie Maker
- Engineering & Design Exploration
- Escape Room
- Art in RPG Maker 2.0
- Textile Adventures
- RPG Maker 1.0
- Illinois Summer Academies
- Papercraft Hax
- Make it Glow
- Digital Jewelry
- Steampunk Automata
- Pollen Power
- RPG Maker 2.0
- Wee Makers (5-6)
- Board Game Design
- Digital Illustration
- Creatures & Caverns
Is my child ready for Fab Lab Camp?
Most of our camps and workshops require some computer skills. If you would like to make sure your child is ready, check out our guidelines. If you would like to sign up your child for a camp, but he or she isn’t old enough yet, it might be possible be granted an exception. This is at the instructor’s discretion and your child may be required to come to the lab to demonstrate proficiency.
I have a child who would be really interested in a Fab Lab camp, but I can’t afford it. Are there scholarships available?
Your child may be eligible for a discount on camp tuition if your family income is below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines – if your family qualifies for free lunch (it does not matter if your child is presently receiving). Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Fab Lab Participant Computer Skills Guidelines
A lot of people ask us what kind of experience is required to participate in Fab Lab workshops. It varies some by activity, but we can generally say all participants should be familiar with “computer basics” because we are a computer-driven design shop. To help learners (kids, adults, grandparents) understand what we mean by this we’ve assembled a list of short descriptions.
- Ability to concentrate on a computer task for up to an hour at a time. This may require shifting attention back and forth between two displays, like a computer screen and a projector, to follow instructions.
- Use of keyboard and a mouse. This includes knowing the difference between double-click, left-click and right-click, click-and-drag selection as well as how to find and distinguish the delete and backspace keys, or enter in numbers with decimal points. They may need to insert the cursor into a particular spot in code or text and/or know how to select text. Participants (children) who have only learned to use cell phones or tablets will need to practice input with computer peripheral devices/methods.
- Basic file management (usually with Windows 10 or OSX). Typically participants will need to fluidly navigate between directories like desktop, downloads and shortcuts to network drives. They may need to open or rename files, make folders, copy, cut, paste and use a scroll bar to hunt for files that may not be immediately in view.
We also strongly suggest learners practice or confirm their proficiency with the following prior to attending a workshop with us:
- Ability to find and save images on the internet. Learners can use a web browser and search engine of their choice to do this. Try saving a file on the desktop and then using Windows Explorer (My Computer; or Finder on OSX) to move it to another folder location, and then rename this file with your name.
- Use the mouse to drag a box around multiple items on the screen to select all of them. Use the mouse and shift or control to select multiple specific objects.
- Copy and paste a selection of text from one spot in a document to another.
- In addition, participants who wish to design with Minecraft will need to learn how to control the 3D-person interface by moving with WASD and orienting themselves with the mouse.
Help with computer basics can be found at your nearest local library, for people of all ages. If you have any questions about any of this, just ask!