SUMMER CAMPS

Our technology and arts-based summer camps excite young minds and prepare them for a future of creative and collaborative work and play. Staff are committed to helping each camper reach their potential, and most importantly, have fun.

Summer Schedule

 

Drop Off

Camp Hours

Pick Up

Aftercare

AM

8:30AM – 9AM

9AM – 12PM

12PM – 12:10PM

PM

12:30PM-1PM

1PM – 4PM

4PM – 4:10PM

4PM – 5:15PM

Drop Off

  • Fab Lab staff will be stationed outside to take camper temperatures and answer any questions.
  • Campers will need all their camp forms filled out the first day of camp.
  • Parents/Guardians will sign-in their campers each morning but not be allowed in the Lab.

Pick Up

  • Campers will come outside as they are called once it is clear a parent/guardian is there to pick them up.
  • They will be signed out by a staff member.

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Snacks/Lunch

This year campers need to come with their own snacks and water this summer.

There will be a snack break during camp; however, the Lab is unable to provide food to campers safely while following COVID protocol. 

We highly encourage that campers be picked up for lunch this summer.

If we have campers who do stay over the lunch hour between AM and PM camps, they will eat their lunch outside – weather permitting – and should bring their lunch with them.

Camp Waivers / Scholarships Available

Thanks to the amazing support we received from our Holiday Market Fundraiser this past winter, if your camper qualifies for free or reduced lunch we may be able to offer free or reduced price camps.

Refund Policy 2021

In efforts to keep campers and staff safe we have altered our refund policy to best accommodate any immediate cancellations due to a positive COVID test or reason to believe your camper may have been exposed and can no longer attend camp. A full refund for days missed or the full week missed will be given. 

However, if you know in advance of the camp you will no longer be able to attend we do ask that you let us know as soon as possible so we can open up spots for those on the waitlist. We have had to dramatically reduce camper capacity this summer and would love to offer any open spaces up for those interested campers.

Frequently Asked Questions

All CU Community Fab Lab Summer Camp activities adhere to safety guidelines put forth by the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign.

Covid Guidelines:

Regarding COVID-19, the CU Community Fab Lab will be following the University’s Summer Camp Guidelines. All staff and campers will be required to abide by all COVID-19 safety protocols, including observing six feet of social distance and wearing face coverings.

To best abide by social distancing guidelines, camps will be arranged in a one student per table lecture format, ensuring a 6-foot distance between participants. Max room capacity, as determined by University guidelines, will determine the number of campers and instructors allowed in an enclosed area. The room capacity numbers are posted on or near each of the room doorways. While camps are in session, windows will be open to promote ventilation throughout the space. Sanitization of tools and work surfaces will take place before and after each camp. Camper temperatures will also be taken upon arrival before entering the Lab each day. If for any reason a camper feels sick during the day they will be removed from the group and their parent/guardian will be contacted and expected to come pick up their child immediately. 

Yes. Masks are still required for all campers and staff.

While the CDC has changed some guidelines nationally, we are following the guidelines set by the University. On May 14th, we received notice of the University’s decision to allow those who are fully vaccinated to go about their activities without masks being required; however, the guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing will still be in place for summer.

“Out of an abundance of caution in this new stage of the pandemic response, students, staff and faculty attending in-person classes for the Summer 2021 semester will be required to continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing in instructional spaces. We are still considering what this new guidance will mean for Fall 2021 classes and other operations and activities.”

As such, masks will be worn by all staff and still required of all participating campers. Should the University shift its current guidelines any further for this summer, all registered parents will be notified of the changes being made and full refunds will be offered for those who are not agreeable with those changed guidelines. While we are all looking forward to getting back to a more normal way of living, we want to do all we can to make sure our campers and staff remain safe.

 

 

It’s OK, life happens. Please email the Fab Lab to let instructors know. We’d also like to know if you have to leave early for any appointments.

For campers unable to be picked up there is an aftercare option that extends the camp day until 5pm. There is limited space due to COIVD-19 safety restrictions. Aftercare does not include camp programming; it will be considered free time for campers to work on their projects or Lab computer games.

If your child is staying the full day for camp activities, we encourage that they be picked up between camps (noon – 1PM). Otherwise, they will need to bring a packed lunch to eat outdoors – weather permitting.

Playing no, learning to use tools in the lab responsibly, yes!

Need-based scholarships are available. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

After you register, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please contact us to make sure we know you are coming.

Camps will have a 10-15 min snack/recess break during each session. Snacks and drinks will NOT be provided this year.

Check out the tutorial gateway to learn about our tools and projects. If you have additional questions about specific camps, please feel free to email us with questions.

Pick Up / Drop Off

Please drop off and pick up your camper promptly. Morning camps start at 9am and end at noon. Afternoon camps start at 1pm and end at 4pm. Instructors and campers get excited about starting the day and digging into projects.

If you know you will be late for any reason please call the lab at 217-265-5342.

Before and after care options are not available for 2021 Summer Camps.

Refund Policy

Due to testing requirements for summer camp attendance this year, we will be revising our refund policy.

Cancellation up to 30 days before start date – Full refund minus a $10 service fee
Cancellation up to 7 days before start date – 50% refund
Cancellation after 7 days before start date – No refund

If you would like to cancel or get a refund contact communityfablab@gmail.com.

Scholarship Waivers

Thanks to generous donations collected from our Holiday Market sale, we are able to offer free or reduced cost camps to campers who qualify for free or reduced lunch. 

Still Have Camp Questions?
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Frequently Asked Questions

Each camp allows 12-15 campers. There will always be 2 instructors per camp and select camps will also have an intern for extra support.

If your child is staying the full day for camp activities, they will need to bring a packed lunch to eat at the lab or they may be picked up between camps (noon and 1pm).

It’s OK, life happens. Please email the Fab Lab to let instructors know. We’d also like to know if you have to leave early for any appointments.

Most of our camps and workshops require some computer skills. If you would like to make sure your child is ready, check out our guidelines.

If you would like to sign up your child for a camp, but he or she isn’t old enough yet, an exception might be possible. This is at the instructor’s discretion and your child may be required to come to the lab to demonstrate proficiency.

Playing no, learning to use tools in the lab responsibly, yes!

Need-based scholarships are available. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

After you register, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please contact us to make sure we know you are coming.

Each week an email will go out to families registered and Camp leads will be listed. And you can also reach out to the Fab Lab at communityfablab@gmail.com if you have more questions

Camps will have a 10-15 min snack/recess break during each session.

Check out the tutorial gateway to learn about our tools and projects. If you have additional questions about specific camps, please feel free to email us with questions.

Campers with severe food allergies are strongly encouraged to bring their own snack, and let staff know. We do our best to keep snacks allergy friendly but cannot guarantee cross contamination will not happen.

Fab Lab camps introduce learners to powerful software and tools designed for creating. We encourage campers to explore the process of design while learning practical skills, from sewing to coding. Participants leave camp with skills they are eager to share and we encourage families to return during open hours to continue learning, exploring, and making. We also believe that engaging in learning experiences like those offered at the Fab Lab help participants to develop critical metacognitive learning strategies, such as patience, persistence and planning that will enable them to thrive and succeed in a variety of environments in the future. Practices such as iteration, playful experimentation, self-compassion, collaboration and leveraging information resources are as much an important outcome as skills with any given tool or software. If you are interested in metacognitive learning you may wish read about our research on learning with the NSF-funded MAPLE project.

In addition to the experience of making really cool things on 3D printers, digital embroidery machines and more, all camps include some take-home creations. If your child is in a textile camp, for example, he or she will be bringing home the items sewn during the week. Campers enrolled in camps where the creation is digital will take home a file that they can share. Podcasters will bring home an audio file, RPG makers will bring home a game file that they can play at home, and so on. Some camp take-homes may rely on how much time and effort participants put into the process.

Philosophy and Learning Processes

All of our camps are designed to help participants come up with new ideas, solve problems, and make things. We strive to create an environment where design thinking flourishes, meaning that campers (and patrons) usually learn through the iteration of prototypes made using our tools. Practically, this means trying things, sometimes failing, returning to the design, and trying again. We believe that this approach encourages campers to cultivate creative thinking and determination in addition to exposing them to new technologies.

Our camps are also designed to inspire the development of cross disciplinary skills. A camper learning about art in video game design will come away from the experience having learned about creating digital art, video game logic, and storytelling. Campers learning to sew are also learning about digital design through digital embroidery and are gaining spatial skills through the geometry fundamental to sewing.

Last, we believe that campers across all of our camps experience immense satisfaction in seeing things from their imagination brought to life, whether it is a 3D print from a Minecraft model they built or an animated video they created. Campers love hands-on learning and take great pride in what they create.