Google launches new online summer camp for teenagers

Google has teamed up with Dale Dougherty, publisher of MAKE Magazine, to launch a new online summer camp billed “Maker Camp” which encourages 13- to 18-year-olds to get creative with up to 30 different types of fun projects themed around creativity and “the art of making.”

Evoking the words of young maker Joey Hudy who said: “Don’t be bored. Make something”, Google said the teenagers, their parents and teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate with popular maker personalities—including Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing, Stephen and Fritz of EepyBird (the Coke and Mentos guys), Jimmy DiResta (co-host of Dirty Money on the Discovery Channel) and Limor Fried (founder of Adafruit)—and other creative teens on fun projects themed around “the art of making.” “Our goal is to encourage everyone this summer to make something and share it with their friends and family,” said Dale Dougherty, Publisher, MAKE Magazine, in the official blog of Google.

Making of traditional arts and crafts projects, or science projects, using innovative technologies and processes that enable teenagers to create something entirely new is what Google’s summer camp project will have.

Every Monday through Thursday morning, beginning Monday, July 16, a Maker Camp counselor will post how-to instructions for a new project on and Some of these projects will overlap with ones in MAKE’s 3D “School’s Out” special issue, our first-ever summer issue devoted entirely to kids. Many of the projects involve materials and tools that you can find around the house. Junior counselors will host a Hangout On Air in the afternoon so campers can post questions and comments and share photos and videos of their projects.

“The first project at Maker Camp is our popular compressed air rocket that we first introduced in Make: Vol 15 to huge response. We featured it again in the “School’s Out” summer issue and are delighted that rocket guru Rick Schertle is our guest counselor for this project and will be with us in New York to launch Maker Camp at the New York Hall of Science,” said the posting.

Maker Camp is free, and open to every teeenager with a Google+ profile. To participate, simply follow MAKE on Google+.

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