Clubhouse Camps

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During the summer of 2017, adult and teen staff from The Flagship Clubhouse are cofacilitating summer workshops for younger kids. Workshops will be presented as part of the Museum of Science Summer Courses and South Shore YMCA Day Camps.


Glowing Circuit Creatures

Design your own imagined stuffed creature that glows with programmed light effects! Makers will explore e-textiles and learn design, sewing, and electronic skills. The week will start with a series of small projects to learn the basics with needles and (conductive) thread, LEDs and microcontrollers. We’ll then put it all together to design and construct your own stuffed toy complete with a sewn soft circuit.

Technologies & Resources:

  • Paper Circuits: Copper tape, batteries, and LEDs are used to bring together basic craft supplies with circuits.
  • LilyMini ProtoSnap: A preprogramed microcontroller made for combining circuits with sewing and textiles. The boards can be reprogrammed using the Arduino software using this guide.

Photos from camps: (new photos within one week of each camp)


Chain Reaction

Build a giant chain reaction using recycled materials, Makey Makeys and Scratch. Design your own electrical switch to trigger an action on the computer and in the real world, and combine with others to accomplish a crazy task. We’ll livestream our machine in action to share it with the world.​

Technologies & Resources:

  • Scratch: An online programming environment for young people created by our partners at the MIT Media Lab.
  • Makey Makey: An invention kit that can be used to turn any conductive item into a keyboard key.
  • Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction: The first chain reaction of the week was learning a "cobra weave" and then releasing the potential energy. Make your own at home with this guide

Photos from camps: (new photos within one week of each camp)