Tinker Camp


The Tinker-Camp at Valley Trails Summer Camp offers a maker space specialty camp for campers entering 1-2 and 3-6 grade.  Campers will learn to use various tools and 3d printers to make projects come to life.  Campers will work alongside our maker space instructors to learn how to use hand tools, electronics, robotics, 3d printers, computer modeling & design software, computer game development software, virtual reality, and new media to design and build just about anything.  At the Tinker Camp at Valley Trails Summer Camp, we live up to our goal every day to inspire and guide campers to be tinkerers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers.

Session 1: Playground Machines (1/2) – June 17-21

Technology isn’t just a phone or an iPad; there are simple machines all around us! Each day, students learn about a different simple machine and use it to build a special device. Kids will explore the pulley, lever, wheel and axle, and inclined plane as they design and build their own piece of playground equipment!

Session 2: Legend Busters (3-6) – June 24-28

The Legend Busters mix scientific method, gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create their own signature style of explosive experimentation. Each day, students will explore a different myth and use scientific investigation to see if they can bust it!

Session 3: Move It, Move It (1/2) – July 15-19

Students get hands-on experience working with hand tools! Students will learn how to safely use hammers, hand-drills, and screw drivers to build simple machines that move! Projects include a marble run, wooden dinosaur, and knock-hockey table.

Session 4: Need for Speed, Velocity, & Acceleration (3-6) – July 22-26

Students learn the basics of woodworking by building their own Pinewood Derby Car! Students will learn how to safely use hand-tools such as a hammer, hand-drill, screw driver, and hand saw to build a wooden derby car. At the end of the week, we’ll race them to see the effectiveness of their designs!


Welcome to an exciting summer adventure in the world of science and hands-on learning! I’m thrilled to be your guide and teacher for this special program where we’ll explore the wonders of the natural world and dive into creative do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. My name is Mr. Ryan, and I believe that the best way to learn is by doing. Throughout each course, we’ll conduct exciting experiments, discover the magic of everyday science, and unleash our creativity through fun and engaging DIY activities. Get ready to ask questions, make discoveries, and have a blast as we embark on a journey of exploration and learning together. Let’s make this summer a time of curiosity, discovery, and endless possibilities!


Making and Tinkering are Powerful and Empowering Ways to Learn

Makerspace learning helps empower students to shift from being passive consumers of information and products to active creators and innovators.  Our Tinker-Camp curriculum fosters curiosity, tinkering, and iterative learning, which in turn leads to better thinking through better questioning.


Makerspaces Help to Prepare Students for the Future

Makerspaces and STEM programs help to prepare students for the future and ignite a passion for lifelong learning.




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