CAMP: Summer Makers Camp (Ages 7-11) (SOLD OUT)

Engine’s Makers Camp: Summer Edition 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.

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.



How do marble runs work? Create your own marble run using cardboard, wood, glue, paper and paint. This project will start Monday and will continue throughout the week.  


Learn the basics of TinkerCad and explore the options of 3-D printing technology. Learn how electrical currents work by using paper circuits to make a mini robot pin that lights up!   


We will spend most of our day in the kitchen creating concoctions to make slime, dough, gak and flubber. The experimenting will continue outside with explosive results! (hint: baking soda & vinegar)


Textile design is everywhere! Learn the basics of pattern making and repeating. We will make rubber stamps as well as potato stamps and then let loose exploring how to make repeating designs. We will incorporate what we learn about these patterns into the decorations we paint on our completed marble runs.


Today the focus is finalizing all our projects. We will paint, test and assemble all the marble runs.  All the structures, art, patterns and prints we made throughout the week will be on display for viewing. Friends and family are welcome to come early to see all we made!


Instructor Bio

Erinn Conn is a maker and educator-turned-STEAM-enthusiast. She holds a BA in Studio Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from Montclair State University and a Maine State Art Teaching Certification. Erinn has worked as a corporate artist for two Fortune 500 companies and taught art in the Public School System. She has been making and teaching art in one way or another for over 15 years. Erinn resides in Portland.