Have questions about our club? Here are the most frequently asked questions and all the important answers. If you have more questions (or concerns) please Contact Us.
What is the goal of the Maker Club?
Our Club‘s mission is to create confidence in children using real tools to explore creativity and the maker ethic. We explore ways to reuse materials before we recycle them. We learn to fix our own things and diagnose problems. Most importantly we get excited and make things.
What is the target age for club members?
Currently, we’re targeting children aged 6-14 and their parents. This is not a club where parents expect to drop their kids off and go grocery shopping for an hour. Parents are active participants, mentors, co-creators, and learners. We hope that all those involved will learn some new skills and that parents can subsequently help keep the maker spirit alive at home when the kids get excited the remaining 29 or 30 days a month.
Projects are designed for children aged 9 to complete without help but with supervision. The tools we use are not in any way different from those adults use. This does not make them inherently dangerous, but our activities do therefore require adult supervision. Given the ages of our participants, we expect approximately 1-to-1 kids-to-parents for kids under 10 and for kids over 10 2-to-1 is usually fine. For kids under age 8, we expect the parents to actively help adjust the project to meet their kid’s skill, confidence, and interest. At this age, all three of these vary greatly and parents always know best.
What kinds of tools will the kids learn to use?
Hopefully, over the years of your participation, the answer will be “everything”. In the beginning, we’ll be focusing on some core tools tools like hot glue guns, sharp knives and other “real” tools. We firmly believe that kids can learn to use these tools safely and as they grow older will have the confidence to do so independently. We have worked with soldering irons, power saws and drills too. However, we’ll probably avoid welding as a regular activity.