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U of T Daniels Bits & Bytes Summer Camp

SPECIAL NOTE: We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and currently our intention is to continue to run this summer program. Please check each program page for information. We will keep registrants apprised and make changes on our website. We will provide a full refund of the camp registration in the event of a cancellation.

We recognize that being at home all day is a challenge for both parents and kids. In the situation where we have to cancel Bits and Bytes, we will be offering digital design challenges and online content that helps make screen time interactive and educational this summer! (March 23, 2020)

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The Daniels Bits & Bytes Summer Camp is back with week-long summer programs that introduce participants to the fundamentals of art and design. This summer, we will offer two distinct weeks of programming that include time for team building and physical activity.

Summer 2020

The themes for this summer’s Bits & Bytes camp are Drones in the City and Solar City. Back by popular demand, Drones in the City explores the potential of this disruptive technology and how urban design and city planning might respond. Working as a team, participants will design a city. They will also build drones that they will be able to take home. Our new Solar City program explores the innovation involved in creating a sustainable city. Through workshops and demonstrations, participants in this summer camp will explore the potential of renewable and solar energy. They will build solar STEM robotics that they will be able to take home.

Session 1: Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 10, 2020
Our final project for this session will be creating a city block made of foam. We will design and construct the city on a smaller scale and work in teams to create a full city model. We will build the Makeblock Airblock drone kit and learn how to fly drones, which takes practice. As we combine the drones and the city, we will reevaluate our city design and reconfigure as needed. Throughout the week, we will have athletic time (see schedule below) and tours of the Daniels Building's fabrication workshops, with demonstrations on the laser cutter, 3D printer, and CNC router.

Participants will leave the program with a Flying Ball Drone and a Makeblock Airblock drone to continue the fun on their own. Participants will get to design and keep their own laser-cut keychain.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants may need to bring a cell phone or tablet to pilot the drone. We will have some tablets available, but quantities will be limited. If the aforementioned drone products are unavailable, an equivalent substitute will be provided.

Session 2: Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, 2020
Our final project will be the creation of a cityscape using salvaged and reusable materials. Participants will work collectively and creatively to design a sustainable city on a small scale, then replicate it on a larger scale. Participants will learn how to harness the power of the sun by creating 14 different solar-panelled STEAM robotics, which they will navigate through their new solar city. Throughout the week, we will have athletic time (see schedule below) and tours of the Daniels Building's fabrication workshops, with demonstrations on the laser cutter, 3D printer, and CNC router.

Participants will leave the program with a solar STEAM kit so they can continue the fun on their own. Participants will get to design and keep their own laser-cut keychain.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants may need to bring a cell phone or tablet to pilot their robot. We will have some tablets available, but quantities will be limited. If the aforementioned robotics products are unavailable, an equivalent substitute will be provided.

*We are currently testing different products to ensure good value and will post links to exact products when we have decided. 

Who?
This summer program is designed for all students aged 9-11 (grades 4-6) who are interested in design, technology, art, science, and engineering.

Why?
The Daniels Faculty has been teaching design thinking for over 125 years. It’s never too soon to get youth started on designing. These two week-long programs give students opportunities to engage with the latest digital technologies, and to develop their design skills in a post-secondary environment.

Where?
This program will be hosted at 1 Spadina Crescent, located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus, just north of College Street. Read more about our iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition.

Dates and Times
Session 1: Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 10, 2020
Session 2: Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, 2020

The program runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extra care will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that parents are welcome to join our showcase each Friday at 3 p.m.

Sample Day
8 - 9 a.m. - (Optional) Before Care
8:45 - 9 a.m. - Drop Off
9 - 9:15 a.m. - Introduction to the Day
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. - Warm up Activity
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Activity
10:30 - 11 a.m. - Snack and Travel to Athletics
11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Athletics
12 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1 - 1:30 p.m. - Introduction to Activity
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. - Activity
2:45 - 3 p.m. - Snack
3 - 3:45 p.m. - Athletics
3:45 - 4 p.m. - Clean-up / Program Ends
4 - 4:15 p.m. - Pick Up
4 - 5 p.m. - (Optional) After Care

Team
Nicholas Hoban is a designer and fabricator based in Toronto. As the coordinator of the John H. Daniels Digital Fabrication Lab, Nicholas oversees faculty fabrication research projects and the operations of the digital fabrication facilities. Read More

Nene Brode is the Daniels Faculty's Manager, External Relations and Outreach. She rejoined the dean's office in September 2018. In 2016, she founded the V4Lab, a summer youth STEAM program. From working on the development of the Digital Media Experience Lab at Ryerson University, to showcasing the work of V4Lab participants at the Ontario Science Centre, Nene has been a connector and collaborator, fostering community engagement. Read More

Laura Fox is a Master of Architecture candidate at the John H. Daniels Faculty, and is returning to lead our programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Architecture Design and Art History. Her current studies are focused on integrating generative design and acoustic simulation with digital fabrication, for adaptive reuse and the construction of flexible architecture. She is actively involved in the Daniels community through volunteering at the student-run Café 059.  Laura is currently a teaching assistant and was nominated by her students for a teaching excellence award in 2018. She hopes to bring her past experiences working with student leadership camps and teaching into the exciting new context of DigiFab and Bits & Bytes.

Fees and Registration
$400 for one-week program
$45 for a.m. or p.m. care or $90 for both

Participants will keep their drones.

Register here

Contact
Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions about this program, please contact:

Nene Brode
Manager, External Relations and Outreach
647-915-5265 
nene.brode@daniels.utoronto.ca

Photo Credit: Harry Choi