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For summer 2019, Wonderful Idea Co will be leading art, science and coding camps in Berkeley and San Francisco. Each week will feature a mix of open-ended tinkering projects that make use of familiar materials like cardboard, hot glue, glitter paper and poof balls alongside explorations of digital tools like micro:bit, scratch programming and vinyl cutters.

Campers will work together to dissect/remix toys, create a light and shadow installation and construct a large scale Rube Goldberg machine. We’ll also mess around with technology by designing custom geometric vinyl stickers (or even temporary tattoos) using beetleblocks, explore traditional prototyping tools like breadboards in new ways, learn about light sensors and RGB leds and make custom switches out of kitchen utensils.

By the end of the week we’ll put everything together, creating imaginary creatures out of wire, wood, code, sparkly fabric, googly eyes. Campers will make these programmable pets respond to commands, communicate with each other, move, light up and even dance

The camp will take place in San Francisco at the historic Palace of Fine Arts built for the pan pacific exhibition in 1915 and the former home of the Exploratorium. In addition to playing around in this cavernous landmark building the camp day will include visits to the lagoon, tree climbing, games on Crissy Field and treks to the beach.

 

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.

No past programming or coding experience is required to participate in the camp. All learners aged 8-11 will be able to test out new ideas and have fun getting comfortable with new tools. The week is designed for learners just getting started with computation and coding curious kids who wish STEM activities could be more fun, collaborative and connected to craft and art.

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 12 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

Our team of facilitators have previously worked at the Exploratorium, Children’s Creativity Museum, google’s Code Next and Girls Garage. We’ll share helpful tips and tricks but more often be learning alongside the campers, letting surprising discoveries and “what happens if” questions guide the experience.

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.

Mario Martinez-Munoz (2018 camp)

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

Lea Smith (2018 camp)

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 (2018 camp)

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.