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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 - UPDATED LOCATION

The Palace of Fine Arts

3601 Lyon St. San Francisco CA 94123

fees

  • 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).

 

More Information

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.  

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Ages

Each week is a mixed-age format for 8 to 11 years.

Staff Ratios

We staff all of our camps and programs at 6:1 (or better!) camper to facilitator ratios. 

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Camp Dates and Hours

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Berkeley Camp

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

 
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About us

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 ryan@wonderfulidea.co

Meet the collaborators who developed and facilitated our camp program last summer.

Mario Martinez-Munoz

Mario is an informal educator with the Exploratorium. For the past 5 years, Mario has been engaging all audiences through different teaching methods.

Ryan Jenkins

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 Smith

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 Nasi

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.