Maker Buddies

making with technologyJuly 9 to August 24 / Ages 6 to 12

Maker Buddies is a free weekly skill support program offered in July and August for children ages 6 to 12.

Through fun hands-on activities led by trained teen volunteers (Big Buddies), kids investigate different STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) concepts each week in a supportive small group environment. This engaging and educational experience is designed to encourage 21st century literacies development and lets kids explore designing, engineering, experimenting, and creating!

Fans of our popular Blow Off Some STEAM program will love this additional opportunity to continue developing those skills and having fun!

Who can participate?

  • Children ages 6 to 12 at the time of the program.
  • A parent/careiver must remain in the library during each session.

When & Where?

  • Mon July 9 to Fri August 24

  • Each week will offer a new theme or skill focus. Attend one week, or attend all seven.

  • Sessions are 90-minutes long. No registration is required, limited spaces available at each session. Please arrive at least 15-30 minutes prior for a ticket. Tickets are not guaranteed due to program popularity.

  • In order to maintain a supportive small group environment and allow for adequate interaction with our Big Buddies, sessions will be capped at a 3:1 ratio of participants to Big Buddies.
Maker Buddy Sessions
Tue: 3-4.30pm Thu: 10-11.30am Fri: 2-3.30pm Mon: 1-2.30pm
Wed: 6-7.30pm Fri: 10-11.30am   Mon: 3-4.30pm
Thu: 10-11.30am Sat: 10-11.30am   Tue: 4-5.30pm
Sat: 1.30-3pm     Wed: 11am-12.30pm

Who are the Big Buddies?

Teen volunteers, 14 to 18 years old, can volunteer to be a Maker Buddy. They are teens who love to experiment, investigate, and create; enjoy working with children; and want to help their community. They receive training before and during the program and earn community service hours for high school. Apply to be a Maker Buddy

Requirements for Teen Volunteers

  • Must be 14-18 years old
  • Must be available for training Tue July 3 through Fri July 6
  • Must be able to regularly commit to two 1.5 hour sessions/week
  • Must be available for a significant portion of July and August
  • Must be able to travel to Central, New Appleby, Tansley Woods, or Alton branch
  • Must be comfortable leading activities that require basic STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) skills, with training and guidance
  • Must be comfortable interacting with children ages 6-12, in a leadership role
  • Experience working with children an asset (babysitting, Leader-in-Training programs, etc.)