For summer 2019, Wonderful Idea Co will be leading art, science and coding camps in Berkeley and San Francisco. At each week-long program, we’ll experiment with projects that blend art, science, computational thinking and technology in strange and delightful ways. Each day will be full of surprises. We may find ourselves building a programmable marble machine, creating micro:bit powered name tags, crafting with cardboard boxes or designing elements for a kinetic sculpture parade that travels over land, air and water
We follow a constructionist philosophy that encourages learners to think with their hands and engage in a playful process to create, share, imagine and reflect. We’ll create new friendships, build confidence, develop real skills, and leave excited about new ideas to try next.
Summer 2019 Locations
East Bay - Maker Ed Community Studio
1808 Fifth St., Berkeley CA 94710
San Francisco - Brightworks Annex
1920 Bryant St., San Francisco CA 94110
Costs for camp will be $575/week
If financial assistance is needed, you are encouraged to apply upon registration (Wonderful Idea Co & Tinkering School are committed to increasing access to summer camps through full and partial scholarships).
During each week-long session, experienced facilitators will lead a series of playful and collaborative workshops that introduce campers to a mix of high and low tech tools and materials. Each week will combine introductory computation or coding workshops with tinkering with everyday materials.
Over the course of each week long program, tinkerers will develop their own ideas through prototyping and iterating on personally meaningful projects and on the last day we'll finish a little bit early so that we can share our creations with family and friends.
Each week is a mixed-age format for 8 to 11 years.
We staff all of our camps and programs at 6:1 (or better!) camper to facilitator ratios.
Camp Dates and Hours
We’re experimenting with a pop-up WICO camp in the East Bay
Special Week - Aug 5th to 9th
San Francisco Camp
Week 1 - June 24th to 28th
Week 2 - July 1st to 5th
Week 3 - July 8th to 12th
Week 4 - July 15th to 19th
Week 5 - July 22nd to 26th
Week 6 - July 29th to Aug 2nd
Camp runs each day from 9:30am until 3:15pm
Drop off starts at 9:00am
Pick up is 3:15 to 3:30pm
We’ll be hiring a diverse group of educators for our 2019 summer camps! If you are interested to apply to work with us please email email@example.com
Meet the collaborators who developed and facilitated our camp program last summer.
Mario is an informal educator with the Exploratorium. For the past 5 years, Mario has been engaging all audiences through different teaching methods.
Ryan is the co-founder of Wonderful Idea Co, a creative studio in Northern California that explores art, science & technology through making and tinkering.
Lea is an educator and learning designer who has worked at the Exploratorium, San Francisco Day School, San Francisco Public Library and City College of San Francisco.
Liora is a curious maker who organizes coding workshops in her school in Turkey. She’s collaborator at the Tinkering School Overnight Camp for six years and enjoys creative cooperation with children on ambitious projects.