About Bit Space - Bit Space is Chicagoland's premier maker lab for kids and teens-a place where they can learn to use real tools to build real things. Students 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, virtual reality, 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 kids and teens to be producers rather than consumers of technology. Our guides are experts from the fields of architecture, design, engineering, and computer programming.
Design + Build Camps for Kids and Teens - Summer camp at Bit Space is week-long, project-based learning for children entering 1st through 12th grade. Each week, we introduce a set of tools, techniques, and materials to each of three age groups. Using the week's theme as a starting point, campers work individually, in small groups, or as a team to create something that explores, expresses, and expands upon their skill and creativity.
6-9 year olds:
- Full-day, one-week camps (Monday-Friday)
- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Monday - Friday
- Before care available: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
- After care available: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
- No lunch provided; bring a nut-free lunch and snack
- Focus on fun and skill building
- Unique theme each week
- Free construction time each day in addition to themed projects
- Campers get to bring home what they make
- Parents are invited to end-of-week presentations
- Divided into three age groups: 6-9, 9-12, and 12+
- Camps offered at two locations: Lincoln Square and Wilmette
Our youngest campers learn to safely and effectively use basic hand tools and power tools in our woodshop, become familiar with 2D design software and laser cutting, and integrate basic circuitry and motors into their projects. Campers create individual projects in a group setting.
9-12 year olds:
Our intermediate campers take the next step in their "making" journey by being introduced to programmable electronics (Arduino), 3D modeling software (Blender), 3D printing, video game development (Unity 3D), and video & sound editing software. Campers work in small groups and collaborate to re-imagine the Inter-Act Cube every week.
12+ year olds:
Our campers entering their junior high and high school years will determine how they will engage with the week's theme and choose where and how they will make their contribution to Friday's exhibition. There are very few restrictions as to which tools and technologies they can use. Higher level craftsmanship in physical construction, virtual reality technology, new media, and real coding skills are all on the table. These campers are paired with our most experienced maker-educators to maximize their potential.
Bit Space-Lincoln Square
2541 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
1131 Greenleaf Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091