Housed inside the new 2-story Innovation Lab on the Lyndhurst campus, these camps will offer access to this world-class design space and making tools and machines. Summer is a fantastic time to experience all the creativity, independence, and empowerment of the maker movement. These camps have been designed specifically to allow campers of all abilities a way to build, tinker, and invent, while learning valuable skills like coding, woodshop, laser cutting, and 3D design with our trained and experienced faculty mentors.

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  • Maze Craze

    Ages 7 - 11
    July 20 - July 24
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Lyndhurst Campus

    $400

    Working in the Innovation Lab, campers will design, build, and solve their own mazes. campers will begin by creating plans and a drawing. Then the plans will move from two dimensions to three dimensional, as they utilize the machines and tools in the lab to build a maze. Once the maze has been constructed, students can use their imagination to add dangerous traps and tricks around each corner. Each maze will have its own unique theme from funhouses and castles to enchanted forests and other worlds. The group will also work collaboratively to build life size mazes utilizing accordion gym mats.
  • Leonardo in Makerspace

    Ages 7 – 11

    July 27 - July 31
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Lyndhurst Campus

    $400

    Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance man and the original master of making and inventing. In this camp, expect to explore and invent a variety of interests while documenting ideas in a sketchbook. Leonardo’s life will inspire us to work together to design an exciting week filled with endless arts and science activities. This is a battery-operated, cardboard-constructed, maker-friendly camp that will inspire your creative kid to build amazing creations by exploring materials and tools. Working in Hawken School’s new Innovation Lab, campers will build bots, use laser cutters, create LED flashlights, design egg drops and kinetic machines, and much more.
  • Rube Goldberg Inspired Machines

    Ages 7 – 11

    August 10 - August 14
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Lyndhurst Campus

    $400

    A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device, or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970). During this week-long adventure into the zany world of Rube Goldberg, campers will design and build the most elaborate and creative contraptions using all kinds of recycled and repurposed materials. This is an exciting camp for those who love science and art! Check out this video of a Rube Goldberg inspired contraption to get a better idea of the endless possibilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieQSiDnOhzY.
  • Makerspace Camp

    Ages 7 – 11

    Session I: July 20 - July 24
    Session II: July 27 - July 31
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Lyndhurst Campus

    $400

    Calling all designers, tinkerers, and creative campers! Makerspace Camp will allow students to explore their ideas, interests, and inventions using tools and techniques found in a digital fabrication lab (FabLab). Students will first learn the principles of creativity, design thinking, and rapid prototyping to begin to generate many ideas for new products and solutions important to them. We will then explore engineering and design techniques using computer assisted design (CAD) software and fabrication equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC milling, and electronics, and build with hand and power tools. Makers will document their process throughout the week, which will culminate with a designer showcase for parents on our final afternoon. Learn how to capture your creativity and make anything in this fun and inventive week.
  • Wood Toys and Puzzles

    Ages 7 – 11

    August 17 - August 21
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Gates Mills Campus

    $400

    Come work in the Innovation Lab woodshop to create hand-made toys. Cars, boats, puzzles, mazes, and much more can be created. Each product will be unique to the creator and can be enjoyed by many. During this hands-on Passport camp, campers will learn woodworking skills including making design plans, using hand and power tools, and finishing skills. Use your imagination and see how you can transform a piece of plain wood into toys.
  • Build-a-Board Game

    Grades 7 - 12

    August 10 - August 14
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Lyndhurst Campus

    $400

    If you enjoy playing board games with family and friends, why not create one of your own? Learn how to design and create a board game, from concept to a playable prototype you can take home and enjoy for years to come! Participants will use a variety of skills, from measurements and spatial planning to basic graphic design skills on computers. Games will be complete, from instructions to all required pieces and a solid game board. At the end of the camp, we will play all of the games we’ve created.
  • Laser Cutting Skills

    Ages 9 - 13

    August 3 - August 7
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Lyndhurst Campus

    $400

    One of the exciting and amazing tools in the Innovation Lab is the Laser Cutter. In this camp, campers will learn the skills necessary to independently create projects with this tool. Campers will learn the process from design to completion and all the steps in between. Projects will include but are not limited to ornaments, backpack tags, and boxes. Each product will be unique and reflect each student’s personality.