Maker-Camp

Google may be keeping an eye on your summer vacation plans, however if your net worth doesn’t allot room for excursions like Caribbean cruises, Mountain View has something to help keep your recently released kids’ creative juices flowing. The search giant has partnered with MAKE to announce this year’s Maker Camp, a free online summer camp for teenagers powered by Google+. Starting today, campers from around the world can join each other for daily projects like soda bottle rocket fireworksglowing bikes and LED shoe clips.

In addition to interactive arts and crafts, the program hosts weekly virtual “Friday field trips” to places like NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, LEGO education centers and the Mountain View’s own Google [x]. Not exactly a throwback to the summer camp that you might have grown up with, people looking to get their kids out of the house can send their offsprings to one of Maker Camp’s physical campsites at participating libraries and community centers. Camp starts today at 11AM PDT, with a special Hangout featuring famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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