Spring Camp – Lincoln Square – Ages 6-9

Spring Camp – Lincoln Square – Ages 6-9

Week-long, project-based learning

$500

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Spring break camp at Bit Space is week-long, project-based learning for kids and teens. Each week, we introduce a set of tools, techniques, software, and materials to three age groups. Using the week’s theme as a starting point, campers work individually, in small groups, or as a team to create something that explores, expresses, and expands upon their skills and creativity, and culminates in an exhibition of their work on Friday. It’s like having Summer Camp 3 months early!

Ages 6-9

Our youngest campers learn to safely and effectively use basic hand tools and power tools in our woodshop, become familiar with 2D design software and laser cutting, and integrate basic circuitry and motors into their projects. Campers create individual projects in a group setting.

Theme and Dates

The theme for Spring Break Camp 2019 is “Mini Golf.” A summer pastime, redone! Young campers work on portable mini golf games, while the older groups work together on interactive, electronic courses! Come by on Friday to try all out all their creations and see if they’re par for the course.

Spring Break 2019 at Lincoln Square takes place from April 15th through April 19th.

Summer camp at Bit Space is week-long, project-based learning for children ages 6-18. Each week, we introduce a set of tools, techniques, software, and materials to three different age groups. Using the week’s theme as a starting point, campers work individually, in small groups, or as a team to create something that explores, expresses, and expands upon their skill and creativity.

  • Full-day, one-week camps  (Monday-Friday)
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Friday
  • Before care available: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • After care available: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • No lunch provided; bring a nut-free lunch and snack
  • Focus on fun and skill building
  • Unique theme each week
  • Free construction time each day in addition to themed projects
  • Campers get to bring home what they make
  • Parents are invited to end-of-week presentations
  • Divided into three age groups: 6-9, 9-12, and 12+
  • Camps offered at two locations: Lincoln Square and Wilmette

Safety

Safety is the number one priority at Bit Space. To that end, we make sure to have a better than 10:1 ratio of campers to guides, and even smaller ratios in the wood shop. Campers are ever left unattended, and the level of direct supervision depends on what tool they’re using. Campers are given safety and usage training on all of our tools before using them, and we have procedures in place to ensure safety throughout the shop (see our Code of Conduct form for more information). When using tools, campers will always be required to wear eye protection, and we have ear protection available as well.

By dividing our campers into age groups, we are able to equip our campers with tools, technologies, and techniques in a structured environment appropriate to their developmental level. Each week provides a theme that unites the imaginations of all of our campers, yet each age division will engage with that theme in different ways. All levels emphasize learning-through-doing in a social environment. Campers work on projects that bridge the physical and digital world and end with an exhibit of their work each Friday!

Ages 6-9

Our youngest campers learn to safely and effectively use basic hand tools and power tools in our wood shop, become familiar with 2D design software and laser cutting, and integrate basic circuitry and motors into their projects. Campers create individual projects in a group setting.

Ages 9-12

Our intermediate campers take the next step in their “making” journey by being introduced to programmable electronics (Arduino), 3D modeling software (Blender and Fusion 360), 3D printing, video game development (Unity 3D), and video & sound editing software. Campers work in small groups and collaborate to re-imagine The Cube every week.

Ages 12+

Our campers entering their junior high and high school years will determine how they will engage with the week’s theme and choose where and how they will make their contribution to Friday’s exhibition. There are very few restrictions as to which tools and technologies they can use. Higher level craftsmanship in physical construction, virtual reality technology, new media, and real coding skills are all on the table. These campers are paired with our most experienced maker-educators to maximize their potential.

A Typical Week of Camp

The morning of the first day of camp will include activities to help the guides and campers get to know one another. The campers will go through our “stations” where they will learn how to safely and effectively use the tools in our shop. We will discuss Bit Space rules and expectations and brainstorm ideas for the week’s theme.

On the final day of camp each week, parents and friends are invited to come to our end-of-week presentations at 3:00, so our campers can show off their fantastic creations. Check out each theme’s description to get an idea of what our campers will make!

Registration and Cancellation

Registration for all camps can be found on our website.  We do not issue full or partial refunds during the summer for campers who miss a day or more due to illness or other factors.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Campers should be dropped off between 8:50 and 9:00 each morning, and picked between 4:00 and 4:10. Parents will automatically be charged regular before care or after care prices for early drop off or late pick up. For campers who are not picked up by 6:00 p.m., a $50 convenience fee will be charged to parents, and we will get in touch with emergency contacts unless otherwise notified.

Before Care and After Care

If you need before care or after care you can add that on at the time of registration or call us at any time if you’d like to add on those services. Before care starts as early as 8:00 a.m. and is $10 per day, and aftercare lasts until as late as 6:00 p.m. and is $20 per day.

Lunch + Snacks

Lunchtime at Bit Space will generally fall between noon and 1:00 depending on the number of classes and the morning activities. Eating a good breakfast is vital to the attention and energy needed for great making. Please send your child full and ready to make. Bit Space is nut-free. Please pack lunches and snacks for your children that are free of peanuts and tree nuts. Bit Space allows time for snacks during the day.

Illness

If your child is showing signs of illness or has a fever, we ask that you strongly consider keeping the child home for that day of camp. We will notify the listed caregivers and request an early pickup for any camper who has a fever or is clearly ill during the camp session. Please be sure to let our staff know if your child has any medical issues of which we should be aware.