Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

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Step 1: Browse Camps

Morning camps go from 9am until 12pm. Afternoon camps go from 1pm until 4pm.
If participants register for both a morning and afternoon camp they may bring a lunch and stay at the lab between sessions.

Animated Storytelling

Do you have a story you want to tell? Bring your drawings and stories to life through the magic of animation. Campers will create original videos using graphics tablets and will learn how to tell stories using video and audio editing software. Campers learn both about conveying plot and tone as well as technical skills in the creation of videos.

Take Home Creations: A really cool video
Prerequisites: An interest in drawing and digital art!

June 4-8 | Mornings
Ages 11+ | $120
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Camp Fab Lab
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Camp Fab Lab

Never been to a Fab Lab camp? Start here! In this camp we introduce campers to our most popular tools and work together to make vinyl stickers, cut with a laser, and print in 3D. Campers get exposed to different methods of digital design and learn problem solving skills.

Take Home Creations: A variety of things campers have created and personalized over the week.
Prerequisites: None

June 4-8 | Ages 8-10 | Mornings
June 4-8 | Ages 11+ | Afternoons
June 11-15 | Ages 8-10 | Mornings
June 11-15 | Ages 11+ | Afternoons
$120
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Papercrafts Hax

Become a paper and sticker engineer! Learn how to create 2D and 3D paper crafts using traditional methods like origami and new methods like laser cutting and engraving. Campers learn about digital design and problem solving and learn how to make something new everyday.

Take Home Creations: Many stickers and paper crafts
Prerequisites: None

June 4-8 | Afternoons
Ages 10+ | $120
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Laser This
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Laser This!

The laser is one of our lab’s most popular and impressive tools and in this week you have a chance to learn about some of the many things it can do. You can laser wood, glass, paper and much more! Campers have time to explore making boxes, jewelry, engraved drinking glasses, and cylinders.

Take Home Creations: Laser cut and engraved objects–what they are is up to you!
Prerequisites: Camp Fab Lab

June 11-15 and 18-22 | Mornings
Ages 10+ | $130

Podcasting
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Podcasting

Do you love podcasts and radio and feel like you have a story to tell? Learn how to write, record, and edit your podcast in this camp about engaging listeners and finding your own voice. Campers will learn about the technical side of audio creation and editing as well as how to create a compelling narrative.

Take Home Creations: Your awesome podcast
Prerequisites: None

June 11-15 | Afternoons
Ages 10+ | $120

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3D Printing Inventions

Participants in this camp will learn to use powerful 3D modeling software to try to solve engineering challenges alone and as a team. Participants will design and test their models and will learn about the process of rapid prototyping while being exposed to principles and tools used in professional design. This included the basics of freehand sketching, parametric and freeform modeling, and the mechanics of 3D printing. Additionally, participants gain exposure to design thinking, spatial logic, problem solving, and coordination.

Take Home Creations: At least two 3D printed creations
Prerequisites: None

June 18-22 | Mornings
Ages 13+ | $120

Learn to Sew
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Learn to Sew

From repairing ripped clothing or broken toys to creating entirely new costumes or designs, sewing is an incredibly versatile skill! This camp is intended for those new to sewing. We will cover essentials such as hand sewing, threading a machine, understanding different fabrics and their applications, and the appropriate stitches. Come learn the basics of sewing with us!

Take Home Creations: Sewn projects chosen at the discretion of the instructor
Prerequisites: None

June 18-22 | Afternoons
July 9-13 | Afternoons
Ages 9+ | $120
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RPG Maker
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RPG Maker

Do you have an idea for a videogame? Bring your concept to an RPG (role playing game) Maker camp and leave at the end of the week with a video game to show and play with your friends and family. Campers learn about character design, map making, game mechanics, and puzzles. They also get exposed to basic programming using Javascript and HTML5. Have you gone to an RPG Maker camp already? This summer, we are offering RPG Maker 2.0 and an art-focused RPG Maker camp to take your games to the next level. RPG Maker 2.0 will dive deep into game customization and mechanics. Art in RPG Maker will show campers how to tablets to create custom art for characters and scenes.

Take Home Creations: A digital copy of your amazing game
Prerequisites: None for the entry-level RPG Maker, any previous RPG Maker camp for Art and/or 2.0

RPG Maker (Beginners) | Ages 11+ | June 18-22 | Afternoons
RPG Maker (Beginners) | Ages 11+ | July 30-August 3 | Mornings
Art in RPG Maker | Ages 11+ | July 9-13 | Mornings
RPG Maker 2.0 | Ages 11+ | July 16-20 | Afternoons
$120
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Arduino Art
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Art with Arduino

Learn how to create interactive artwork using an Arduino microcontroller and sensors, LEDs, motors, speakers, and more! Arduinos are beginner-friendly computers that can fit in your pocket. Campers learn basic programming to make their artwork come to life.

Take Home Creations: A unique piece of interactive artwork
Prerequisites: Any prior experience coding

June 25-29 | Afternoons
Ages 11+ | $120
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Minecraft
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Minecraft 3D Printing

Learn to use this incredibly popular game as a design tool to bring your 3D creations to life! Campers learn how to scan, render, and print using Minecraft, and learn about cool plug-ins to make building and protecting creations easier. Campers create and take home their own 3D print, and work collectively on a more detailed 3D design. They can also take any copies of worlds they make while at the lab and will have access to our creative mode server. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Minecraft account already–we have loaners available.

Take Home Creations: A Minecraft 3D print and digital files, if they are requested
Prerequisites: Familiarity with WASD controls on a computer

June 25-29 | Mornings
July 16-20 | Mornings
July 30-August 3 | Mornings
Ages 9+ | $120

This camp is full. Join the Waitlist.

//hack Minecraft

Up your Minecraft game and learn how to create a custom server, find, install, and create custom plugins and mods, and make your own adventures. Some creations may be developed later into Fab Lab curriculum (kids help us with R&D!). Previous participants have gone on to become Fab Lab interns and have developed some of our most popular camps. Plase note that this is an advanced Minecraft option for older campers who have done Minecraft camps with us before and are interested in using Minecraft as a powerful design and coding tool.

Take Home Creations: Dependent upon participant interests
Prerequisites: Participation in a previous Minecraft camp and familiarity with any kind of code

July 9-13 | Afternoons
Ages 11+ | $120

This camp is full. Join the Waitlist.

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Cosplay Camp
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Cosplay Camp

Calling all aspiring costume makers. Have you ever wanted to make a cool costume, but don’t know where to start? Join us for Cosplay Creations and learn the basics of sewing, plus skills in drafting your own patterns. Learn to modify an existing pattern to fit your custom needs. Campers who bring in an idea for a costume to make will have a head start towards costume awesomeness.

Take Home Creations: A cool costume
Prerequisites: None

June 25-29 | Afternoons
Ages 10+ | $120

Video Game Art
Printmaking
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Printmaking

Get some ink on your hands with this printmaking camp. Campers will learn about many different methods of making prints, from the traditional block prints to new methods that utilize digital technology. If you love art and want to take your design skills to the next level, join us!

Take Home Creations: Stamps and custom prints on fabric and paper
Prerequisites: None

July 16-20 | Mornings
Ages 9+ | $130

DIY Bio
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DIY Biology

DIY biology is an exciting new movement in the makerspace community. In this camp, you will participate in activities that combine art and science to produce biological artwork. Potential projects include: mycelium sculpture, bio-luminescent light shows, slime mold painting, bacteria-stained fabric, origami microscopes, and decellularized leaf silhouettes.

Take Home Creations: Paper microscope and models
Prerequisites: None

July 16-20 | Afternoons
Ages 12+ | $130

Escape Room Maker
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Escape Room Maker

Be the gamemaster in this camp for codebreakers, storytellers, and puzzle-solvers. Campers will spend one week working together to create an immersive escape room experience. They will learn about creating a backstory, making codes, word puzzles, and ciphers, and will create objects to help or confuse any unwitting person who happens to wander into Escape Room Maker. One question remains: will you get out?

Take Home Creations: Custom code-cracking devices
Prerequisites: None

July 23-27 | Mornings
Ages 10+ | $120

This camp is full. Join the Waitlist.

Digital Jewelry Making
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Digital Jewelry Making

Want to make your favorite quote into a necklace or create earrings inspired by a show? You can use our tools to make professional looking custom creations. Campers will learn to use our laser engravers and 3D printers, as well as traditional jewelry-making techniques.

Take Home Creations: Many jewelry creations
Prerequisites: None

July 23-27 | Afternoons
Ages 11+ | $120

Plushie Makers
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Plushie Makers

Our plushie makers camps explore the cute, cuddly, and sometimes creepy world of plushies. We offer two strands of plushie makers–one focused on developing sewing and construction skills and one focused on creating plushies enhanced with electronics like sewable LEDs. Whichever you choose, you are sure to walk away with a unique creation and increased sewing skills!

Take Home Creations: Plushies!
Prerequisites: None

July 23-27 | Mornings | Ages 9+ (regular plushies)
August 6-10 | Mornings | Ages 11+ (digital plushies)
$120
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Digital Illustration
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Digital Art and Illustration

Develop your skills and portfolio in a week of instruction in the art of digital painting and drawing. Campers will learn to use professional tools like tablets and Adobe Photoshop to create their own masterpieces.

Take Home Creations: Digital illustrations and a poster print
Prerequisites: A love of drawing

July 23-27 | Afternoons
July 30-August 3 | Afternoons
Ages 10+ | $120

Robotics
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Robotics

Aspiring mad scientists, do you have old and broken electronic toys? Bring them in in and learn to hack them and enhance them using Arduino and ATTiny85 microcontrollers and sensors. Learn to code and solder to create your very own robot.

Take Home Creations: Your robot
Prerequisites: Familiarity with any kind of code, preferably Arduino

July 30-August 3 | Afternoons
Ages 11+ | $130

This camp is full. Join the Waitlist.

Creature Makers: Custom Tabletop Gaming Components
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Creature Makers: Tabletop Gaming Components

Use our tools to customize your tabletop roleplaying experience! Campers will design game aids like dice towers, 3D printed and painted miniatures, custom maps, and will make other assets to enhance their gaming experience. Participants will share tips on gaming resources like apps for adding atmospheric effects and keeping track of game stats.

Take Home Creations: Miniatures and RPG play-aids
Prerequisites: Patience and creativity

August 6-10 | Mornings
Ages 10+ | $125

Wee Makers Cardboard Camp
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Wee Makers Cardboard Camp

Can’t wait to go to a Fab Lab camp? This camp is for our littlest makers and involves hands-on creation using materials like paper and cardboard. Campers learn teamwork, spatial reasoning, and problem solving by working together to make big things.

Take Home Creations: Handmade-crafts
Prerequisites: None

August 6-10 | Afternoons
Ages 5-7 | $120
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Soft Circuits
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Soft Circuits

Explore the exciting ways fabric and technology merge in this e-textile camp. Campers learn about basic circuitry and conductivity and get to use cool materials like conductive thread and sewable LEDs to make their wearables. Campers will also be using microcontrollers and Arduino software to learn how beginning programming can enhance their creations.

Take Home Creations: E-textiles wearables
Prerequisites: Basic sewing experience

August 6-10 | Afternoons
Ages 10+ | $120
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Step 1: Check Schedules

  June 4-8 June 11-15 June 18-22 June 25-29 July 9-13 July 16-20 July 23-27 July 30 – August 3 August 6-10
Camp Fab Lab (8-10) Waitlist Waitlist              
Camp Fab Lab (11+) Waitlist Waitlist              
Animated Storytelling AM                
Papercraft Hax PM       AM        
Podcasting   PM              
Laser This   Waitlist AM            
3D Printing Inventions     AM            
Learn to Sew     Waitlist   PM        
RPG Maker (Beginners)     Waitlist         Waitlist  
Art with Arduino       PM          
Minecraft 3D Printing       Waitlist   Waitlist   Waitlist  
//hack Minecraft         Waitlist        
Cosplay Camp       Waitlist          
Art in RPG Maker         AM        
DIY Biology          
Waitlist
     
RPG Maker 2.0 (Advanced)           PM      
Printmaking           AM      
Escape Room Maker             Waitlist    
Digital Jewelry Making            
Waitlist
   
Plushie Makers             AM    
Digital Illustration             Waitlist Waitlist  
Robotics               Waitlist  
Creatures and Caverns                 AM
Soft Circuits                 PM
Wee Makers                 PM
Digital Plushies                 AM

Step 3: Sign Up

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