190 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126



June 17-21 9-11 9:00-4:30 CSI: Gold $799
12-14 9:00-4:30 Bionic Bike $799
June 24-28 7-8 9:00-4:30 Movie Makers: Superhero $799
9-15 9:00-4:30 Drone Domination Basic Mini Drone: $849; Advanced Drone: $999;
Autonomous Drone: $1074; Racing Drone: $1149
July 08-12 12-14 9:00-4:30 Bionic Bike $799
12-14 9:00-4:30 Maker Musicians $799
July 29-Aug 02 7-8 9:00-4:30 Movie Makers: Superhero $799

CSI: Gold


Date: June 17 — June 21

HELP! The TinkRworks golden drone has been stolen from the safe…. And the TinkRworks team needs help finding out who did it! A brave group of detectives and forensic scientists will need to take the case and use biology, genetics, and chemistry to identify the correct suspect. In this camp, students will practice paying close attention to details and will gather genetic evidence and use context clues to solve the mystery. The students will practice extracting fingerprints from a surface and will also discover the different biological patterns of fingerprints by observing them under a microscope. They will learn about DNA and how genes are expressed differently in different people, and will use this information to compare the DNA of hair samples found at the scene and hair obtained from the suspects. They will take an unknown substance left by the robber to the lab and use different chemicals such as iodine and vinegar to determine its identity, and they will also compare a note the robber left to handwriting samples and determine what ink the robber used using paper chromatography! The students will even be able to try and extract their own DNA from saliva and the DNA from a strawberry! Are the students up for the challenge? TinkRworks will be eternally grateful! 

What the students take home: A mini mystery kit so that they can set up a crime scene in their own home!

Ages: 9-11

Max Students: 12

Bionic Bike

Date: June 17 — June 21, July 08 — July 12

It’s time to turn ordinary bicycles into tech-savy rides!  In this week long project, students will bring their bikes to camp and give them some amazing new capabilities with a computer device that they can program and attach to their bikes. They’ll program the device to act as a digital speedometer that measures how fast the bike is going and records what distance they traveled.  They can program a burglar alarm that goes off if anybody tries to move their bikes that can only be turned off with a secret code.  A high-brightness LED flashlight can also be added to their devices so that the bikes are easier to see at night!  The students will work with Arduino microcontrollers to build their bike devices, and they will learn how to wire it together and program their devices themselves. Finally, to test the device, the students will hit the road and go on bike rides to see how well it works! They will securely attach the device to their bikes and will take it home at the end of the week!

What the students will take home: Their programmed electronic devices attached to their personal bicycles

Ages: 12-14

Max Students: 12

Movie Makers: Superhero

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Date: June 24 — June 28, July 29 — Aug 05

Look!  Up in the air!  It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a TinkRworks superhero!  Come join us in an awesome camp where students can star in their very own superhero movie!  Movie Makers introduces students to cinema and digital media. During the camp, students will learn to plan, shoot and edit their own videos. They will use a live streaming software called Open Broadcast Software (OBS) to record their scenes, and will incorporate digital techniques such as green screen videography to make their superhero fantasies a reality.  Along the way, the students will learn all about the film industry and compare how vintage and modern movies are made, plus they will participate in some fun acting games that will get even the shyest heroes out of their seats and having fun.  Finally, no superhero movie is complete without some cool gadgets, so the students will be able to design and assemble key costume pieces, such as Wonder Woman wrist armor or a Captain America shield.  This camp will enable students to express their creativity by creating their own stories, and best of all, each student will get to take home their movie at the end! 

What the students will take home: A copy of their movie as well as all personal prop pieces they create

Ages: 7-8

Max Students: 12

Drone Domination


Date: June 24 — June 28

Calling all drone enthusiasts!  Join us in one of the most unique drone-building and flying camps offered in the nation. In this highly unique camp, students will come together to build and fly drones of all types and varieties, including microdrones, mini drones, racing drones, and larger autonomous drones. Each pilot will first select the drone they wish to design and fabricate with their instructor. This selection process will be based upon past experiences with building and flying drones. After they learn about the electronics and integrate them onto their frames, pilots will then code and tune the drones to their piloting ability. Once completed, students will spend time flying their drones and improving their skills. Come join us in this camp designed specifically to foster community within the drone space! 

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

What students take home: Their personal drone that they built and programmed

Pricing:  $849 base pricing plus materials fees as listed below (based on student selection and experience—instructor will contact parent after registration to ensure registration is well-matched to student abilities)

  • Mini drone (brushed motors, 150ft range, flight speeds of 10 mph):  No additional materials fee

  • 450 mm drone (brushless motors, 0.5 mile range, flights speeds of 30-35 mph, capable of adding videography/photography elements) :  Additional materials fee of $150

  • Autonomous drone (brushless motors, >1 mile range, flight speeds of 30 mph, mission planning capabilities, videography/photography elements possible):  Materials fee of $225

  • Racing drone (brushless motors, 0.5 – 1 mile range, flight speeds of 50-70 mph, wireless first-person view (FPV) camera capabilities possible):  Materials fee of $300

  • Customized drone outside of drone types listed above (student and instructor will co-design drone):  Material fee dependent upon drone parts (to be discussed with parents and students ahead of time)

Ages: 9-15

Max Students: 12

Maker Musicians


Date: July 08 — July 12

In this camp, students will build their own electric guitar along with a self-made effects pedal to boot. We will dive deep into the inner workings of an electric guitar, studying how sound travels from the strings, through electric pickups, and out to the amplifier. Students will work hands-on with sanding, painting, finishing, and engraving to assemble their guitar. After completing the guitar, we will put science and music together to see how electronics can distort a sound signal. Using some simple components like diodes and transistors, students will be able to create their very own effects pedal. Finally, students will be able to jam out with their creations. Along the way we will learn about the history of the guitar and how famous guitarists developed their own trademark sound. This exciting camp is not one to miss, and we are open to everyone, no music background necessary!

What the students will take home: Their electric guitars and copies of their songs that they create

Ages: 12-14

Max Students: 12