MAKING

Following is the list of summer camps run by TinkRworks under the Making category.

 

Architect-a-City

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Students will leverage the full capabilities of the ACS Makerspace to collaboratively produce a scaled version of a city, complete with building, roadways, people and, of course city noise and lights. Students will first select a city they would like to bring to life and determine which iconic structures they would like to build. Once they’ve collectively agreed on a city, students will put on their design hats to layout their structures in computer-aided design (CAD) software and then fabricate these elements using a combination of 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling. After customizing their structures with paints and markers, students will add various electronic components such as MP3 (sound) generators, LED lights, and perhaps even light-sensitive sensors that can activate electronics to bring their final project to life.

Running at: Avery Coonley School

Age: Grade 6-8


Bionic Bike

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Hey TinkRers! It’s time to add some high tech to your bicycle and bring it into the modern age! 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 program the device to act as:

A digital speedometer: Measure how fast the bike is going and what distance they traveled

A burglar alarm: An alarm will go off if anybody moves your bike and can only be turned off with a secret code

A high-brightness LED flashlight: Lights up the road ahead and flashes so that the bikers are easier to see at night

Students will work with the latest technology to build their bike devices, such as Arduino microcontrollers, and they will learn how to wire it together and program it 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! TinkRers will bring their bike to camp on Monday and will take home at the end of the camp on Friday. They will be taking bike rides with counselors to test their devices.

What the TinkRers take home:

All the bionic components they design

Running at: Bollingbrook Park District, Glencoe Park District and Glenview Park District

Ages: 9-12


Fly with me: Rockets

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3..2..1...LIFTOFF! TinkRers will have a blast as they build and launch their very own fully-functional and reusable rockets in this special camp focused on flight. The TinkRers will assemble all of the pieces of their rocket kits step by step, personalize them using paint and vinyl, and then watch as they soar over 500 feet in the air! But how does a rocket fly up that high? Well, the TinkRers will learn all about the science behind Newton’s Laws and how they allow a rocket to lift off the ground, and they will participate in exciting experiments that mimic Newton’s Laws in action during a rocket launch. The TinkRers will learn about the history behind rockets and space shuttles and about the mechanism of how model rocket engines work to propel the rockets into the air. They will also experiment to see just how high different engine strengths can propel the rockets (weather permitting). Of course, the TinkRers will be able to launch their rockets multiple times throughout the week, and we will even attach a camera to an instructor rocket to see the view from 500 feet in the air! This camp is perfect for TinkRers who like to shoot for the stars, so come fly with us!

What the TinkRers take home:

Their fully-functioning rockets that they design

Running at: Avery Coonley School, Bollingbrook Park District, Elmhurst Park District, Glencoe Park District, Glenview Park District and Park Ridge Park District

Ages: 7-9


Rocket Control Center

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Students will have a blast as they build and launch their very own fully-functional and customized rockets in this special camp focused on flight. Students will have the freedom to develop multiple prototypes of rockets to better understand how changes in design affect the rocket’s performance. Students will also delve into history behind rockets and space shuttles and mechanisms of propulsion. They will participate in exciting experiments that mimic Newton’s Laws in action during the multiple rocket launches throughout the 2 weeks with various engine strengths.

Running at: Avery Coonley School

Ages: Grade 2-3


STEAM Academy

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Code your own electric art! Students will choose and customize a wooden façade and will attach electronics to their art piece to make it light up, play different sounds, and move when people approach it! Students will explore light mixing and how to change the colors of programmable LEDs, and will learn how to program microcomputers to control an ultrasonic sensor to make their projects interactive. Best of all, students will take their fully-functional creations home to show their families! Note: An additional $25.00 is required for the materials.

Running at: Avery Coonley School, Bollingbrook Park District, Elmhurst Park District, Glencoe Park District and Glenview Park District

Grade Bands: K


CSI: Gold

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, TinkRers will practice paying close attention to details and will gather genetic evidence and use context clues to solve the mystery. The TinkRers 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 TinkRers will even be able to try and extract their own DNA from saliva and the DNA from a strawberry! Are the TinkRer’s up for the challenge? TinkRworks will be eternally grateful!

What the TinkRers take home:

A mini mystery kit so that they can set up a crime scene in their own home!

What the TinkRers cannot take home:

The TinkRworks Golden Drone

Running at:
Park Ridge Park District

Ages: 9-12