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Maker Camp Focuses on Math, Science and Technology

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Math and Science will be a main focus of a free six-part camp that starts tonight (7/7) in Springfield.  The Maker Camp, for eight to 12-year-olds, will alternate between the Library Center and the Brentwood Branch and will be held on Tuesday nights through August 11th.

Jeannine Birkenfeld is youth services manager at the Brentwood Library.

"They're interactive, hands-on, STEM-based, you know, science-based programs.  We're really trying to focus on helping kids problem solve," she said.

The theme of the first session tonight from 6 to 7 at the Library Center is “fantasy.”   Make:Believe will focus on the magic behind the movies, and involves zombie makeup.  Other programs will have kids making instruments, learning about sustainable energy, food and architecture, crafting games, making things that fly and creating futuristic clothes for a fashion show.

Birkenfeld said the camp is made possible by a grant the Springfield-Greene County Library District received from Google.

Registration is required for the Maker Camp, and kids can attend any and all sessions.  Learn more here.

Kids who attend the camp are encouraged to register to exhibit at the Ozarks Mini Maker Faire August 29th from 10 am to 6 pm at the Springfield Expo Center.  Learn more about that event here.