LMC’s Fab Lab Offers Summer Camps for Every Kind of Maker

From drone flying sessions to Minecraft and Fortnite...from 3D games to birdhouse making...the summer of 2019 will be a productive one for those attending any of the 13 Fab Lab Summer Camps coming to Lake Michigan College for both kids and those who are still kids at heart.

Lake Michigan College is offering 13 Fab Lab summer camps and workshops for kids and adults to have fun while creating unique projects and developing new skills.

From drones and video games to ukuleles and birdhouses, there’s a camp for every kind of maker.

Information and registration is available by clicking the link below or by emailing fablab@lakemichigancollege.edu. Here's the link:

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http://www.lakemichigancollege.edu/fablab/calendar

Here's what's being offered by the team at LMC's Fab Lab:

Drone Information and Live Flying Session, June 13, 8:30 am – 5 pm.

This daylong event is for drone hobbyists ages 12 and older. Students will learn about different types of drones and equipment, how to fly drones safely, and will take a safety pre-certification flying test before flying a drone around LMC’s campus.

Practice drones are included but participants are welcome to bring their own. Any video footage and pictures captured during practice time will be provided to students. Lunch is also included. Cost is $55.

Minecraft Modders - June 17-20, 8:45 am -11:45 am.

Students ages eight to 14 will learn the basics of modding and the foundations of programming using the game Minecraft. Students will work in pairs or teams to learn topics including scripting and logic statements, and introductory coding. Beginners are welcome and returning students can create advanced projects that build on previous experience.

Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to access their projects at home. Completed projects will be shareable with friends and family. This camp is in partnership with Black Rocket Productions digital arts camps series. Cost is $139.  This course is currently full, but waitlists are accepted by emailing fablab@lakemichigancollege.edu

Art Summer Camp, June 17-20, 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

This four-day camp is for kids ages seven to 12 who want to create art in the Fab Lab. Activities include lasering canvases, painting, learning about Tangrams, and pattern blocks to stimulate learning math concepts through art.

Open lab time will immediately follow the camp, so students will have the option to stay if they would like to work on other projects. Friends and family are welcome to join campers during the open lab time.

Registration closes June 10. Cost is $129.

Battle Royale! Make a Fortnite Style Video Game- June 24-27, or August 5-8, 8:45 – 11:45 am.

Students will work in teams to design their own video games using professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale games like Fortnite.

This course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. Student-created games will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. This camp is in partnership with Black Rocket Productions digital arts camp series. Beginner to advanced levels are welcome. Cost is $139.

Boot Summer Camp, June 24-27, or August 5-8, 1:30-4:30 pm.

This four-day camp is for students ages eight and older who want to learn how to use all the equipment in LMC’s Fab Lab. Fab Lab Techs will help guide participants through a wide variety of projects and machines of their choice. Options include projects using lasers, leather engraving, sewing and embroidery, woodshop, 3D printing, computer design software and 3D modeling.

Each participant will have 12 hours of time to create and complete as many projects as they desire. Friends and family are welcome to join campers during the open lab time after camp. Registration closes June 17. Cost is $139. The June 24th camp is currently full, but waitlists are being accepted at fablab@lakemichigancollege.edu

Cosplay Summer Camp, July 8-11, 1:30-4:30 pm.

LMC’s Cosplay Club members will teach students how to create their own Super Hero, Super Villain or Gaming character and unique costume to go along with it. Students will create masks, capes and props for each newly created character using lasers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and sewing machines. Friends and family are welcome to join campers during open lab time following the camp.

Registration closes July 1. Cost is $119.

Make Your First 3D Game with Unity – July 15-18, 8:45 – 11:45 am.

Students ages eight to 14 will work in teams to design 3D video games. With Unity, an industry-grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, and how to utilize scripts and variables.

Beginners are welcome and returning students can create advanced projects that build on previous experience.  Student-created games will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. This camp is in partnership with Black Rocket Productions digital arts camps series. Cost is $139.

Building Decorative Birdhouses, July 15-18, 1:30-4:30 pm.

Students ages ten to 15 will construct and decorate a birdhouse using power tools and a laser engraver and cutter. Staff will teach students how to safely use lab equipment, and how to personalize their designs. Friends and family are welcome to join students during open lab time following the camp. Registration closes July 8. Cost is $119.

Roblox Coders and Entrepreneurs – July 22, 8:45-11:45 am.

Students ages eight to 14 will discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in the online universe, ROBLOX. Campers will learn game design concepts, coding and how to publish their games. Lake Michigan College has partnered with Black Rocket Productions to offer this camp. Cost is $139.

Virtual Reality Implementation Camp, July 22-25, 1:30-4:30 pm.

This four-day camp is for students ages eight to 18 years old who are interested in Virtual Reality (VR). Topics include real world uses for VR, equipment like HTC Vive, and the differences between VR and Augmented, or Mixed Reality. Students will work in teams to play games and use VR to learn about science and explore out-of-reach environments like space.

Each camper will create a memory souvenir of their VR experience. This camp is limited to the first 12 registrants. Cost is $139.

Roblox Makers - Digital Arts Summer Camp, July 29 – August 1, 8:45 – 11:45 am.

Campers ages eight to 14 will work in teams to unlock the power of ROBLOX Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world developers. Campers will learn how to build 3D models to create adventures and bring characters to life with unique animations of their design.

Student-created projects will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. This camp is in partnership with Black Rocket Productions digital arts camp series. Cost is $139.

Ukulele Building and Music Camp, July 29-August 1, 1:30-4:30 pm.

Students ages eight and older will build, decorate, and string their own ukulele, and then learn to play it. Students will use laser cutting and Adobe Illustrator to decorate their instrument. Registration closes July 22. Cost is $129.

Arcade Building, August 12-15, 1:30-4:30 pm.

Students of all ages will create their own old school-style wooden tabletop arcade machine. Participants will construct and design a game cabinet, and assemble the electronics required to play dozens of available games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger and Galaga.

This workshop is perfect for do-it-yourselfers, vintage game fanatics, or families that would like to do a project together. Up to three participants can be covered under one registration fee.

Registration closes August 5. No prior woodworking or software knowledge is needed. Cost is $425 per arcade machine and includes all equipment and up to three students.

Located in the Hanson Technology Center on Lake Michigan College’s Benton Harbor Campus, the Fab Lab is a community space for people to learn science, technology, engineering and math skills through hands-on learning. Students can experiment with digital fabrication technology including 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, and Vinyl Cutters.

The Fab Lab is designed for students to develop problem-solving skills by trying to make things, sometimes failing, re-thinking and trying again to make the design better. LMC encourages creative thinking, determination and exposure to new technologies.