Introducing Ferndale's MINI MakerCamps! 

Ferndale Schools will be hosting a MakerCamp for students and families on Monday & Tuesday, July 11th, 12th, 25th & 26th and Wednesday, August 10th! We are so excited to be able to offer our students this opportunity to become creators and tinkerers. The camp will be held at the Ferndale Upper Elementary Campus @ John F. Kennedy School.


If you have any questions, please contact Beth Grillo at  or Lauren Villaluz at




1. Project Ideas

We are need of a few real world problems that your company or our community might be facing as problem-solving projects. We would like them to be focused on public good if possible.

The problem should be clearly articulated and if possible a specific proposed solution that our students could use as a starting point.

Example Problem Statement:

People who are educated about their health will make better choices and live happier, healthier lives. Healthier people are less likely to need to go to the doctor or hospital and so they reduce healthcare costs for themselves, insurers, hospitals and the government. Think about what would be an interesting and fun way for you to learn about your health and be reminded to make healthy choices? Design a game, website, or other solution that could be used to engage others in a similar way. (Problem sponsored by a local health organization)

2. Sponsors:

We are looking to make this event a low or no cost for our students if possible so we are looking for some community sponsors who might be interested in supplying snacks, beverages and lunch.

3. Volunteers:

One of the most important needs we have in order to make the Hack-a-Thon a success is mentors, judges and workshop instructors. No previous experience is necessary but having technical, marketing, design, entrepreneurial or content-specific (related to the project) skills would be greatly appreciated. The event tentatively runs from 9 AM-8 PM and we would be in need of people for multiple short shifts throughout the course of the day.


Lauren Villaluz | Technology Integration Specialist |

Monday July 11 & Tuesday July 12

Morning Project:

Adventures of Dash & Dot: Coding a Story 

(Entering Kindergarten - 2nd grade)
Time: 9-11 AM  | Cost: $5 per child

Students will take off on a storytelling adventure using Dash and Dot, two robots who will help us learn to code our very own story. Students will be introduced to basic coding concepts using Dash and Dot, then write, create and produce their own group story showing off their new coding skills. Students will end camp by making their very own BrushBot to take home.


Afternoon Project:

Global Cardboard Challenge

(Entering grades 3rd - 5th)
Time: 1-3 PM | Cost: $4 per child

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an opportunity for students to play and learn by using simple materials to build the things they imagine. After gaining some inspiration from a short documentary called Cain’s Arcade, students will ideate, design, prototype and build something that solves a problem out of cardboard. The Global Cardboard Challenge session fosters creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and perseverance. It gives students an opportunity to explore their interests and passions, and make things that have an impact on other.

Registration is closed. 


Monday July 25 & Tuesday July 26

Morning Project:

Save the Pigs! An Engineering Design Thinking Challenge

(Entering Kindergarten - 2nd grade)
Time: 9-11 AM | Cost: $5 per child

Help the three little pigs with their engineering problem! Through an introduction to the Engineering design thinking process, students will walk through the steps of identifying the problem the pigs are having, imagining ideas to solve it, designing a plan, creating a prototype of their structure and finally testing and improving their structure. Different design challenges will be presented throughout the process and we will have a final test to see who can create a structure that can stand up to the force of the Big Bad Wolf!


Afternoon Project:

Circuit City

(Entering 3rd - 5th grades)
Time: 1-3 PM | Cost: $10 per child

Students will be introduced to building basic circuits using materials including paper circuitry, soft circuitry and squishy circuitry. Students will practice building different kinds of circuits using different kinds of materials. Using their knowledge of circuitry, students will create and work together to build a giant model of a city with landmarks and special information for visitors. 


Wednesday, August 10



(Entering 6th - 12th grades)
Time: 8 AM -  5:30 PM | Cost: $15

Hacking is creative problem solving. A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems. Participants typically form groups of about 2-5 individuals, take out their laptops, and dive into problems. Students will be involved in solving some real world problems using technology particularly focused on public good.