We get excited and make things — together.
In general, the goal of MakerClub is to explore creativity using tools that children often do not get to play with. We use saws, glue guns, hammers and soldering irons to make something interesting each month and teach our kids how to work with these tools safely and respectfully.
While we’re creating we’ll explore the Maker ethic of Repair, Repurpose and Reuse. Some of our source parts will be new (such as LEDs, resistors or batteries), but often we’ll be trying to exploit the recycling bin while teaching kids how to fix (or repurpose) their own broken toys.
As a parent and child activity, we can accommodate many different ages and interests by collaborating with parents based on your child’s needs.
Most importantly we get excited and make things together.
In October of 2012 the first Maker Club was founded in Waterloo Region at THEMUSEUM. Our founder, Cameron Turner, approached the team at THEMUSEUM with the novel idea and the club was born Monthly meeting have been held since January 2013. In November 2016, after a long-standing collaboration a new, permanent maker studio was opened — The Underground Studio — and the club was renamed to Access Wednesdays.
In January of 2017, Cameron expanded Maker Club through his company Tinker Truck to other locations around Southern Ontario. If you’re interested in starting a Maker Club in your facility and would like help getting it going, please contact Tinker Truck. We’d love to see more of these clubs all over the world.