Interested in starting a Maker Club in your region? Please contact us! We want to help. We offer a special "wholesale resell rate" on our programs to many facilities who run a Maker Club. We're happy to support both local businesses and the maker education community.
Tinker Truck's Maker Clubs are run around the province at -- and in partnership with -- various host facilities. Within the Waterloo Region, clubs are facilitated by our regular staff. Across the rest of Ontario we provide programs, materials and training to other organizations wishing to start a club.
Currently we support the following regular clubs:
- Cambridge Maker Club, 2nd Thursday of each month at Playfit Kids Club
- Kitchener Maker Club replaced with "Access Wednesdays" at THEMUSEUM
- Barrie Maker Club, Begins April 2018 at Smart Moves Indoor Playspace
- Waterloo Maker Club, Begins May 2018 at Complex Rooms
- Williamsburg Maker Club, Begins September 2018 at Williamsburg Community Centre
Build Long-Last Skills
The ultimate goal of Maker Club is to develop robust problem-solving skills for each child, as well as a familiarity with a wide range of tools, fabrication techniques and underlying engineering principals. At every chance we talk about the lessons we learn, what worked and why and how the outcome might have been different. By participating on a regular schedule most club members (and their parents) quickly develop a level of confidence in their skills that surpasses their peers. Variety and collaboration keep kids excited for every subsequent program.
Parents Learn Too!
Maker Club is a "Drop In" not a "Drop Off" program. This means that adult caregivers are expected to stay -- and participate -- in the programs with their children*. Specifically, we want parents to see how confidently and safely the kids are able to use these "grown up" tools so that they may be willing to continue the creativity at home. Additionally, these programs offer a fantastic opportunity to bond over a common, fun, and exciting project. The adults usually have just as much (or more) fun than the kids do.
* Depending on the age of the kids, we usually want at least a 3:1 ratio of kids to adults.