Electronics Creator Camp

Take your idea from the drawing board to a finished electronic device in a 5-day summer camp.

BC Certified Teacher

Kyle Renwick has a Master’s Degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, has over 5 years of electronics industry experience, and teaches high school STEM and science in Vancouver.

High Quality Tools

All Creator Camps use only high quality, professional tools that have been specially chosen to fit smaller hands, allowing children as young as Grade 5 to attend our camps.

Individualized Projects

The open-ended projects are designed to guide beginners to successfully completing their projects, while letting advanced learners follow their imaginations.

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COVID-19 Safety

We are doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver. Our precautions include:

  • Requiring campers and staff to wear a mask whenever inside the building
  • Campers and staff must pass a morning health and temperature check before entering the building
  • Only 14 students and 1 teacher are allowed inside the building
  • Physical distancing in our 2000+ square foot industrial facility at 1638 Venables St.
  • Frequent handwashing and cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • Minimizing the sharing of tools between students

Projects

Every project is designed with an introductory level that is accessible to almost everyone, but with extensions that can challenge almost any learner.

PCB ARTWORK

Learn how to etch a printed circuit board (PCB) as you create a unique piece of industrial art. Take your work to the next level with chemical reactions that turn your copper silver, blue, and beyond.

LED LIGHT SHOW

Add light emitting diodes (LED’s) to a printed 8×10 picture to make a truly unique piece of artwork that glows. Go farther by adding a knob to adjust the brightness, or even control it with an Arduino.

USB FLASHLIGHT

Use KiCAD to design your own very bright LED flashlight that can be powered by almost any USB battery pack or charger. If this is too easy for you, challenge your soldering skills by using tiny parts that you need tweezers to hold.

 

All Humans Welcome, From Grades 5 to 7

The electronics camps are open to all people who are currently in grade 5, 6, or 7.

We are committed to being a safe space for all humans, inclusive of all gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, citizenship statuses, neurodiversities, races, ethnicities, religious affiliations, or lack thereof.

Our one-person bathroom is open to all genders. If wheelchair accessibility is needed, or if you need an accommodation to attend the camp (i.e. headphones to block out noise), please contact us.

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Preparing for Camp

One of the guiding principles of Creator Camps is that you get to design your own projects. This means that if you prepare ahead of time, you can do much more in your week at camp.

We will be making circuit board artwork using freely available images, largely from Unsplash, Pexels, and FlatIcon. If you want to personalize your PCB artwork, you can find or make an image before the camp begins. The image should be black-and-white, and should look good when printed at a size of about 3 cm by 3 cm.

We will also be using free artwork to make LED art. If you want to prepare ahead of time, you can find an image to use as the basis for your artwork. The image should look good when sized to fit inside an 8 inch by 10 inch photo frame.

The free, open source software package Inkscape will be used for image layout and manipulation. You can download and install it for free on your home computer.

To design circuit boards, we will be using KiCAD. It is free, open source software that can be installed on Linux, Windows, and Mac computers. If you install it on your home computer, you can learn to use KiCAD before the camp even starts!

First Day of Camp

High School Summer Camps

We do not currently have any summer camps for high school learners. If you would be interested in an electronics camp for students in grades 8 to 12, please let us know.

Photo of Vancouver by Kyle Pearce/ DIY Genius, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Social media photo by dole777 on Unsplash.