Summer Makerspace Camp

Summer Makerspace Camp

Parents, do you wish your little inventor had something fun and educational to do this summer? Something affordable that really taps into his/her interests and talents like no other summer camp out there? Then the Makerspace Summer Camp at ESSDACK is for you!

Each week in June, we’re offering a 3-day summer camp where your child, going into 3rd grade through 8th grade this fall, gets to work with robotics, gadgets, cardboard construction, coding games/apps/websites, and inventing new stuff to improve the world around us! No previous experience required, but if you already have an interest or experience, then we can really fly!

What is a makerspace?

A makerspace provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage learners to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering, and tinkering. Participants often work/play/learn 3D modeling & design, circuitry service to school-age students and educators with field trips, special events, and summer camps. We even have evening open-make hours for everyone in the community to join in, regardless of age.


Located on the south side of the Hutchinson Mall, 1500 E. 11th, Hutchinson Kansas, the ESSDACK Makerspace has been created in response to several forces affecting education today. The emphasis on "learning by doing,” aka hands-on learning, is a primary force. Schools around the world are reconnecting thinking with doing, similar to how learning was experienced prior to the industrial age.

Who is this for?

If your child is going into 3rd grade through 8th grade in the fall, THIS is perfect for them!

What is the general structure of the camps?

Each camp is 3 days long, with an introduction to the ESSDACK Makerspace, the camp expectations, and general safety on the first morning. Each camp is active, hands-on, minds-on where each participant will be given a lot of choice and voice into what they’re designing and building. But this is more than playing. Each camp leader will ask campers to think deeper, pre-plan, and iterate to the best products for each camper. You can expect that your kids should come home excited and brain-tired each day!

Each day will start at 9am and run until 2pm with a ½ hour lunch break at 11:30am - 12pm, where the campers will eat their own brown-bagged lunch they bring with them.

Who is running these camps?

ESSDACK is a non-profit education service center, which means we serve schools in the local central Kansas region and beyond. We have contracted with local, licensed teachers who are all first-aid certified, to design and run these camps. You can see who is running each camp and read their bios below.

Week 1

May 31-June 2 (both in the Makerspace)


Robots Work for Us -- When We  Figure the Program! (grades 3-8)

Have you ever wanted a robot that would clean your room or take the trash out for you? So have we! Let’s dig into the fun of learning  robotics using several different programs and through different activities. We can practice telling them what to do with programming obstacle courses or even figuring out how to take out the trash! Join us if you think you have what it takes!

Parents, this is so much more than just radio-controlled cars or video games. These are the skills for the very near future!

Camp Leader: Rachel Meenen, teacher Renwick School District

Sign up for this camp

The Guts Inside Our Gadgets (grades 3-8)

Are you always getting in trouble for taking apart things that are laying around the house? A curious mind is a great thing, as long as we’re doing something great with it! Let’s learn how to perform an autopsy...on everyday electronics gadgets! And then we can take all those parts to build one awesome new Frankenstein- style thing!

Parents, in this camp, we’ll learn to safely take various household gadgets apart,  learn what each component is/does, and reconstruct them to form new inventions.

Camp Leader: Paul Carver, teacher McPherson School District

Sign up for this camp


Week 2

June 5-7

Building a Beautiful Cardboard World (grades 3-8)

So you love to play games? And you also like to build things? We do too! Come to the ESSDACK Makerspace to build! You could make an arcade, a carnival, robots, cars, a spaceship, a maze or MORE! We’ll provide the cardboard and tools and you bring the creativity!
Inspired by Caine’s Arcade!

Come build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination!

Parents, your kids will be begging for cardboard as they begin building their own toys!

Camp Leader: Rachel Meenen, teacher Renwick School District

Sign up for this camp


Week 3

June 12-14

Tabletop Inventions -- Bring Out Your Inner Genius! (grades 3-8)

Tabletop inventing? YES! We will bring out your inner inventor to design and build items to put on your tabletop OR we can use the tabletop to create our vision of something new!  

From textiles to technology...circuits to sewing... rockets to robotics, we will spend 3 days launching our innovations into reality!

Parents, this workshop will allow your child to use a variety of items from craft supplies, electronics, robotics, hand tools and more to create their envisioned tabletop invention.

Camp Leader: Kim Herron, teacher, Inman School District

Sign up for this camp

Week 4

June 27 - 29


<iCreate>Code (grades 3-8)

<iCreate>Coding is creative, fun and easy! From unplugged (offline) activities to programing a robot. We will explore coding through games, apps, websites, and more.

Parents, this camp will allow your child to use a variety of online and offline tools/devices to learn how to create programming code.

Camp Leader: Carol Nelson, teacher/tech integration specialist, McPherson School District

Sign up for this camp

Camp Leaders

I am a 3-5 STEM and SS teacher who loves PBL and Maker Education. I am also a licensed STEAMmaker Camp trainer through ESSDACK and have presented at several workshops. My passion is inspiring learners through hands on activities.

Rachel Meenen

I believe that everyone has the ability to be a positive contributor in our world.  I love being creative, asking questions, and exploring challenges in order find areas of interest. I love working with students to develop projects that help them find their passions that benefit their lives, or the lives of others, support those around them, and strive to make our world a better place.



Paul Carver

I am a STEAM educator that is passionate about learning, exploring, and creating with kids in a Maker environment in the classroom, after school and summer programs.  As a national Siemen’s STEM Fellow, Cosmosphere Camp Director, Makerspace Facilitator, Classroom Teacher and Continuous Learner my passion is to lead others in exploring life today while learning for their tomorrow.


Kim Herron

Education Technology Specialist for USD 418 McPherson, who loves all things technology.

I love the hands-on creativity and exploration that making brings. Coding adds another level to making - bringing movement, specialization and more.

Carol Nelson

A makerspace provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage learners to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering, and tinkering. Participants often work/play/learn 3D modeling & design, circuitry & electronics, robotics, wearable technology, coding & programming, woodworking, and more!

Our ESSDACK Makerspace focuses on year-round service to school-age students and educators with field trips, special events, and summer camps. We even have evening open-make hours for everyone in the community to join in, regardless of age.

Located in the Hutchinson Mall, 1500 E. 11th, Hutchinson Kansas, the ESSDACK Makerspace has been created in response to several forces affecting education today. The emphasis on "learning by doing,” aka hands-on learning, is a primary force. Schools around the world are reconnecting thinking with doing, similar to how learning was experienced prior to the industrial age.


 
Go to top
Top