April Vacation Makers Camp (Ages 7-11)

Engine’s Makers Camp invites curious, aspiring young artists, designers, engineers, and scientists ages 7-11 to think, explore, and create outside the box. Our maker education emphasizes the act of hands-on experimentation; thinking, tinkering, learning how and why things work through a series of fun and creative projects that promote innovation and creativity. Engine’s S.T.E.A.M. initiative combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math into one balanced week of activities to inspire a well-rounded maker.

This April Vacation program will include projects in urban foraging and outdoor exploration, 3d printing and fabrication, engineering challenges, and making your own paint!

Sign up for the full week or individual days! More details about each day below.

Campers are responsible for bringing lunch and snacks, plus clothing suitable for outdoor activities.

Cost: Engine offers Pay-What-You-Can for all students, also known as sliding-scale, with families assessing their own need and paying what they can afford. The range for this camp is $25-250.

Only you know what works for your budget. For your reference, suggested fee categories cover:
•$25 = cost of materials
•$100 = materials & contributes to instruction
•$175 = materials & instructor time
•$225 = actual per-person cost
•$250 = actual cost of camp + $25 contribution to Engine’s education scholarship fund*
*These contributions offset program fees and allow us to sustain sliding-scale pricing.



Monday: Science and Art
Sketchbooks are an artist’s most prized possession! They house our ideas, capture our inspiration, and record the passage of time. Day one will commence with a hands on sketchbook creation project students will build their own sketchbooks and then head out into the world to compile their own scientific collection. Students will use their sketchbooks to record observations, take notes, and reflect on the visual world around them.  

Tuesday: Science to Technology
In this experiential learning activity students will learn about the history of photography by creating their own handmade camera! The day will begin with the creation of pinhole cameras, contine with experimentations in the darkroom processes, and conclude with a botanical photo shoot using digital cameras.
Wednesday: Technology, Music, Art and More: Makey Makey and 3D Printing
Could you go a day without technology? In this fun filled day students will explore just what makes technology so exciting and creative! From makey-makey inventions, to 3D design and 3D printing  students will use the steps of creative problem solving to explore why technology has such an impact on our world today.

Thursday: Art: Painting, Indoors and Out
Have you ever witnessed a scene you thought was so beautiful you wish you could paint it? In this art filled day students will learn about the history of plein air painting before creating their own outdoor masterpiece. Students will also build and create their own surface to paint on and supplies to paint with.

Friday: Math! Engineering! Art!
Where does math and art intersect? In this mathematical driven day students will discover just how essential math is to our artfully everyday world. From the drawing board to the kitchen, students will learn just how amazing math can be.

Instructor Bios

Amanda Albanese was born in Providence, R.I. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Flagler College, Albanese pursued her Master’s of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. Feeling once removed from family Albanese relocated back to Rhode Island and began to work with the Providence based non profit CityArts for Youth.  While working as a teaching artist, Albanese felt invigorated by the empathetic connections art could create, and also began working with Artists’ Exchange, a Cranston based non profit and School One, a private high school in Providence. She currently is completing her Master of Arts in Teaching degree and lives and works in Augusta, ME.

Kathryn Mayes was born and raised in central Virginia and graduated in 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Arts in both Photography and Communication Arts, and she is currently a teacher candidate in the Master of Art in Teaching program at Maine College of Art. While interning in Richmond she was able to participate in the growth of the community through collaborations, teamwork, and creative development. This instilled in her a passion and wish to work in a classroom setting facilitating not only a love for the visual world, but also the ability to create an enriching place for creative thinking.