About Bit Space:
Bit Space is Chicago’s premier youth-only maker lab--a place where kids ages 6+ can learn to use real tools to build real things. Kids work with our guides to learn how to use hand tools, power tools, electronics, robotics, 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC milling machines, computer modeling and design software, computer game development software, and new media to design and build just about anything. We try to live up to our goal of inspiring and guiding the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers by teaching children to be producers rather than consumers of technology. Our guides are experts from the fields of architecture, design, engineering, and computer programming. Bit Space offers after-school classes, weekend workshops, day-off camps, birthday parties, and summer camps.
Our summer camps offer kids a fun way to participate in STEM related activities but with the addition of design thinking strategies coupled with the child’s own artistic expression. This year, Bit Space is offering summer camps in 3 different locations: our original Lincoln Square location, a brand new facility opening in Wilmette this spring, and in the West Loop at Whitney Young High School. Bit Space offers four different camps: Bit, Bytes, Inter-Act, and Advanced Projects.
BITS - learn to safely and effectively use hand tools, power tools, and computer-controlled tools (including laser cutters, milling machines, and 3D printers) to make physical objects using wood, plastic, and other materials. For ages 6+
BYTES - learn to use computers to design 3D virtual worlds and create video games using the same software that professionals use. For ages 7+
INTER-ACT - work collaboratively with other campers using hand tools, power tools, electronics, computer controlled machines, game development software, and virtual reality to design and create a unique experience each week. For ages 9+
ADVANCED PROJECTS - experienced makers can learn to use college-level digital design and interactive development techniques to create a project of their own choosing.
For experienced makers
Multiple locations for Summer Camp:
Bit Space-Lincoln Square
2541 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
1135 W. Greenleaf Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60391
Bit Space-West Loop
Whitney Young High School
221 S. Laflin St. Chicago, IL 60607