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2014 Maker Camp for kids starts soon!

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Kids are once again invited to take part in Make Magazine and Google's free six-week Maker Camp this summer, with all sorts of great science, technology and crafting fun.

The annual program boasts 30 days of "awesome projects" that kids can make from their own homes with a focus on "creating, building and discovering." Fridays will feature virtual field trips to sites like Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Disney, Google’s self-driving car team and Blue Man Group.

The program is geared towards teens because they participate through Google+, which is for ages thirteen and up. Younger kids are welcome to take part with their parents' accounts, though.

Maker Camp says:

Join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. Maker Camp inspires kids ages 13-18* to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it.

This year's Maker Camp runs from July 7th-August 15th. The camp meets online daily at 11am Pacific Time. Kids can participate in as many or as few sessions as they like.

This year's themes are:

  • Week 1: Makers in Motion
  • Week 2: Art and Design
  • Week 3: Fun and Games
  • Week 4: Science and Technology
  • Week 5: DIY Music
  • Week 6: Make: Believe

You can read FAQ's here. Note that some projects do require a lot of materials, while others require virtually nothing.

To take part, simply follow Make on Google+. No registration is required.

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