KCI Summer Tech Camps for Kids Ages 11 – 16

Four, Hands-On Camps in KCI’s New Makerspace Offered in July

Girl welding circuit board

Summer Camps 2018

July 9 – 13: How To Make (Almost) Anything

July 16 – 20: World Builders – Design and Make a Shared Cityspace

July 23 – 27: Sustainable Prototyping

July 30 – August 3: 3D Video Engineering with Arduino, 3D Printers and Virtual Reality


The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College is offering youth, ages 11 – 16 the chance to flex their creativity in our new Makerspace.  All camps are taught by instructors with engineering and teaching expertise.


Cost: $699 (includes all materials)

Extended Care available: 8 – 9 am and 4 – 6 pm ($60/week)

Camp Descriptions

How To Make (Almost) Anything

Realize your most innovative creative ideas in KCI’s new Makerspace. In the How To Make (Almost) Anything camp, youth will explore tools and techniques of the Makerspace, which includes laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, micro-controllers with LED lights and physical computing. They will go through a design thinking process, which will allow them to imagine and fabricate their own innovations while gaining STEAM skills in a fun, playful environment. Each day campers will gain experience with new tools and, by the end of the week, create a final project based on the full week’s work. Taught by instructors with engineering and teaching expertise, this five day camp is appropriate for ages 11 – 16. Register Now

WorldBuilders: Design and Make a Shared Cityspace

Build a fantasy world with the machines and techniques of a Makerspace. In the beginning of the week, campers will define the physical boundaries of a room-scale city that they will build throughout the week. Limited only by their imaginations and the tools of the Makerspace, they will populate the city with elements that move, light up and interact. They will use machines such as the laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and create interactions using basic circuits and micro-controllers. Each morning campers will learn how to use different machines and tools and then incorporate their new knowledge into their afternoon making process. By the end of the week, the campers will have created a shared world of their own creation. They will share their creations with their parents on the last day of camp. Taught by instructors with engineering and teaching expertise, this five day camp is appropriate for ages 11 – 16. Register Now

Sustainable Prototyping

Take a design thinking journey into the oceans, with artist and educator, Corinne Takara. Engage in CAD focused design challenges related to the Ocean Plastic Community Project while you learn about sustainable prototyping. Campers will learn about plastic, recycling, and 3D design/printing. 3D print real or imagined sea life, fish, marine plants, coral reefs. Campers will explore the beauty of our oceans, how we are treating them, and how we can make them healthier. Campers will prototype with cardboard and other recycled materials using the laser cutter & vinyl cutter, vector tools (Illustrator and Inkscape.) The will  3D print with PLA and exotic materials including Algix algae filament. Register Now

3D Video Engineering with Arduino, 3D Printers and Virtual Reality

3D Video Engineering will introduce youth to various video, circuit and 3D technologies. Campers will create a number of projects including 3D video production for YouTube; 3D design, modeling and printing; light, music and motion controlled by Arduino; and group problem solving using virtual reality. Through the week, youth will experiment and invent applying engineering design processes. They will learn:

  1. Principles of multiple part and assembly design, extruding and motion simulation for 3D printing
  2. Basic principles of electrical circuit design in relation to the Arduino projects they build.
  3. Embedded systems vs computers and applications for each.
  4. Film concepts including HD vs 4K video platforms, optimizing frames per second, stitching  Register Now


Entrance to the KCIDays: Monday – Friday 
: 9:00 – 4:00 with an hour for lunch
Location: The Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill College

KCI Makerspace
12345 El Monte Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022