Summer Day Camps

Computer Animation Studio

Dream of working at Pixar? Join us in our digital studio where we will work on our own computer animated blockbuster films! Develop a story, write the script, and engage your audience. Story boards and character design are the building blocks of your masterpiece. Direct your virtual actors, record your sound track, and add effects.  Now you’re ready for your red-carpet moment to accept your Oscar.

Parents: This camp is a great way to introduce your kids to digital creative tools, exercise their imaginations, and bring story-telling to life. Basic computer knowledge is required before attending this camp.

This camp is for ages 8 to 14

Location:

Hamilton - Mohawk College
Kitchener / Cambridge - Conestoga College Doon Campus
Guelph - Lakeside Church
Toronto West - Kingsway-Lambton Church


Video Game Designer

Do you live, breathe, and sleep gaming? Do you have the creativity and technical prowess to not just play the game but to design the game? Every pixel, every sound wave, every interaction at your control. Can you handle this much power? Join us for an introduction to game design where everyone will have the opportunity to learn the basics of game design, including image manipulation and basic interaction design as we work on video games in the classic platform gaming style.

Parents: This camp will introduce programming and digital multimedia skills that your child can continue to develop at home and apply in school, as a hobby, and in future careers.

This camp is for ages 9 to 14

Locations:

Hamilton - Mohawk College
Kitchener / Cambridge - Conestoga College Doon Campus


Arduino Programming option 

Students Interested in learning to program and electronics can add this option to their week of camp. Spend an hour each day on this introduction to Arduino and get to take home your very own micro controller to continue to tinker on projects at home. Available to students age 9 to 14 enrolled in any full week Brick Works Academy Camp.

Combines hardware and software platforms for a fun hands-on learning environment.   Children will work on different projects each week while learning to design and create their own programs!

An Arduino is a fairly simple microcontroller computer - a small computer that runs only one program (unlike a general purpose computer, or smart phone these days). In order to program it, you need a special program running on your laptop.  Children will learn how to use that special program, write their own code (very similar to C code) or a visual programming option like scratch, and learn to upload the program into their Arduino (Nano). The circuit board is a specially designed board with fairly simple circuits that the students can use to turn on or off the LEDs, a noise buzzer, read sensors like a Light-Dependent Resistor (LDR), etc.   There are even two expansion slots for additional sensors if the students want to expand their knowledge!  Below are examples of topics covered in the classes:

Introduction to Arduino and the Edu-Shield 1

  • Blinking Lights
  • Morse Code and blinking
  • Variables, Conditions, and the Serial Monitor
  • Digital versus Analog, and Learn to read pins (read the button)
  • Learn For/Next and While loops. Start work on their own Projects
  • Design and program their own programs and present them

LEGO ROBOTS CAMPS 9 TO 14
(EV3 MINDSTORM)

Got crazy-awesome lego skills? Or just getting started with lego robots? Either way, this camp is for you. We’ll break into groups to design and build our robots – and then focus on programming them to use a bunch of cool sensors… color sensors, ultra-sonic sensors, gyro sensors, and touch sensors – we love sensors! And your robot will use them all to navigate the super-challenging walled maze. Then, at the end of the week, you’ll use your new mad programming skills and design your own robot to compete in the epic sumo battle!  Will your robot have what it takes to beat the competition?

Parents: A great break from typical sports camps, challenge your kids’ to play with their imagination and see what they can create – while secretly learning programming skills!

This camp is for ages 9 to 14. Note: Sorry students who are not yet 9 may not attend regardless of lego proficiency.

Locations:

Waterloo - Knox Church
Guelph - Lakeside Church
Kitchener / Cambridge - Conestoga College Doon Campus
Hamilton - Mohawk College
Toronto West - Kingsway-Lambton Church
Toronto East - Beach United Church
Toronto North - De La Salle College
Vaughan - Koalakidz Play Centre
Port Credit / Mississauga - First United Church


LEGO ROBOTS CAMP 6 TO 8

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Calling all young lego robot designers! This is the best way to get started. Together, we’ll learn how to build cool robots and other machines. We’ll show you how to use gears, belts, motors, and computers to bring your robot to life by learning some programing. Student will engage in a mix of building activities including the lego robotic system WeDo 1.0 and 2.0, Lego Creator sets, crafts, board games and video games.

Parents: Designed specifically as an intro for younger kids, this camp covers all the basics of mechanics. They’ll be budding engineers by week’s end!

This camp is for ages 6 to 8.  Note: Sorry students who are not yet 6 may not attend regardless of lego proficiency. Proof of age will be checked.

Locations: 

Waterloo - Knox Church
Guelph - Lakeside Church
Kitchener / Cambridge - Conestoga College Doon Campus
Hamilton - Mohawk College
Toronto West - Kingsway-Lambton Church
Toronto North - De La Salle College
Vaughan - Koalakidz Play Centre
Port Credit / Mississauga - First United Church


LEGO STOP MOTION ANIMATION CAMP

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Unleash your inner Spielberg! Join us in the studio as we build lego characters and background sets. Outline your plot, draw your storyboards, and bring your very own movie to life – one frame at a time. You’ll learn how to create an audio track with sound effects, music, and voice-overs. Then you’ll digitally edit your film and screen it at the end of the week. It takes patience. It takes imagination. It takes buckets of lego!

Parents: This camp is a great way to introduce your kids to digital creative tools, exercise their imaginations, and bring story telling to life. Computer Animation tools will also be available.

This camp is for ages 9 to 14 Note: Sorry students who are not yet 9 may not attend regardless of lego proficiency.

Locations:

Waterloo - Knox Church
Toronto North - De La Salle College


MINECRAFT COMPUTER CAMP

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Love Minecraft? Then join us for a week in this great virtual sandbox where you can build anything! We’ll cover the basics and then move on to redstone Minecraft machine building and how to design new texture images so you can digitally paint the entire look of your worlds. Want to share your world with your friends? You’ll learn how to author your own Minecraft tutorials for YouTube.  We will also get to experiment with some Mods that add features and change the game.

Parents: While your child thinks they’re playing, we’re secretly using the game to teach technology, design, problem solving, and presentation skills (insert evil laugh here). If screen time is a concern of yours you will prefer the robotics or animation classes.

This camp is for ages 8 to 14 Note: Sorry students who are not yet 8 may not attend regardless of minecraft proficiency. Proof of age will be checked.

Locations:

Waterloo - Knox Church
Guelph - Lakeside Church
Kitchener / Cambridge - Conestoga College Doon Campus
Hamilton - Mohawk College
Toronto West - Kingsway-Lambton Church
Toronto East - Beach United Church
Toronto North - De La Salle College
Vaughan - Koalakidz Play Centre
Port Credit / Mississauga - First United Church


POKÉMON DESIGNER CAMP

Pokémon camp will be a creative camp where students learn to draw Pokémon characters and will develop their own Pokémon cards with their own character art and stories. Our students will also develop digital painting skills with our computers and art tablets. 
Our students will play a number of Pokémon inspired actives while developing their creative skills. Activities will be split between accessible games and tools for younger fans of Pokemon and more technical skilled activities for older students. 

Other highlights

-learning the mechanics of Pokémon
-developing strategies for Pokémon battles learning strengths and weaknesses
-team building
-designing a new type of Pokémon and test them in battle
-participating in battle simulations 

This camp is for ages 6 to 14.  Note: Sorry students who are not yet 6 may not attend regardless of lego proficiency.  Proof of age will be checked.

Locations:

Waterloo - Knox Church
Guelph - Lakeside Church
Kitchener / Cambridge - Conestoga College Doon Campus
Hamilton - Mohawk College
Toronto West - Kingsway-Lambton Church
Toronto East - Beach United Church
Toronto North - De La Salle College
Vaughan - Koalakidz Play Centre
Port Credit / Mississauga - First United Church


Star Wars Fan Adventures

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Young Jedi padawan and Empire recruits will have a blast building, training, and playing in the star wars universe. Kids will get hands-on with some wicked cool experiments as we leap into science with both feet. Overcome the force of gravity by building your own rocket! Compete in pod races! Make remote controls out of bananas! Build the latest Star Wars lego kits! Design your own light saber! Come to this camp, you must. (thanks, Yoda)

Parents: Help your kids embrace the wonder that is Star Wars. Filled with science-made-fun and arts and crafts, this camp is one your kids will always remember.


This camp is for ages 6 to 8. Note: Students up to age 10 may attend however the activities and lego builds are aimed at ages 6 to 8.  Proof of age will be checked.

Locations:

Waterloo - Knox Church
Kitchener / Cambridge - Conestoga College Doon Campus
Toronto West - Kingsway-Lambton Church
Toronto North - De La Salle College


LEGO Mechanical Engineering

Ready to take your lego creations to the next level with electric motors, gears, cams, and more? We'll put lego into motion and work together to build a Rube Goldberg machine. These are also known as "Great Ball Contraptions" in the lego community and they're built at lego conventions around the world. You'll design and build an awesome module, and your machine will feed the next machine...which will feed the next machine...and so on and so on. In the end, hundreds of balls will be cycling through the machines in a continuous, epic loop.What will your machine look like? Learn more about great ball contraptions on youtube. click here

Parents: Dream of your child going into Mechanical or Systems Engineering? This is a great first step! 

This camp is for ages 9 to 14. Note: Sorry students who are not yet 9 may not attend regardless of lego proficiency. 
Location:

Hamilton - Mohawk College
Toronto West - Kingsway-Lambton Church
Kitchener - Conestoga College Doon Campus

Original lego designs by Phillip Verbeek.  

 


Special Needs Students

Parents of special needs children please investigate our support options, we do not have the staff to provide 1:1 support.  click here



LOCATIONS: WATERLOO, Kitchener / Cambridge,  GUELPH, Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga (Port Credit), Vaughan

Waterloo camps will be held at

  • 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo
    Dates: 8 one week classes starting July 4th. No classes week of July 17th. Last day of camp Sept 1st.

Kitchener/Cambridge camps will be held at

  • Conestoga College Doon Campus in the ATS Engineering Building, 299 Doon Valley Dr., Kitchener
    Dates: 7 one week classes starting July 4th.

Guelph  camps will be held at

  • 7654 Conservation Rd, Guelph

Toronto  camps will be held at

  • West: 85 The Kingsway, Etobicoke
  • East: 140 Wineva Ave., Toronto,
  • North: 131 Farnham Ave., Toronto
  • Dates: 8 one week classes Starting July 4th.

Hamilton  camps will be held at 

  • Mohawk College, 135 Fennell Ave. W., Hamilton
    Dates: 8 one week classes starting July 4th.

Mississauga (Port Credit)  camps will be held at 

  • 151 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga
    Dates: 8 one week classes Starting July 4th

Vaughan camps will be held at

  • Koalakidz Play Centre, 960 Edgeley Blvd., Unit 2, Vaughan
    Dates: 8 one week classes Starting July 4th.

 Times

Waterloo:

Camps run from 9am to 4:00pm.
Drop off between 8:30-9:00am (Movie Time)
Pickup between 4:00-5pm. (Movie Time)

Extended hours option 8am to 5:30pm at additional cost.

Kitchener / Cambridge:

Camps run from 9am to 4:00pm.
Drop off between 8:30-9:00am (Movie Time)
Pickup between 4:00-5pm. (Movie Time)

Extended hours option 8am to 5:30pm at additional cost.

Guelph:

Camps run from 9am to 4:00pm.
Drop off between 8:30-9:00am (Movie Time)
Pickup between 4:00-5pm. (Movie Time)

Extended hours option 8am to 5:30pm at additional cost.

Toronto:

Camps run from 9am to 4:00pm.
Drop off between 8:30-9:00am (Movie Time)
Pickup between 4:00-5pm. (Movie Time)

Extended hours option 8am to 6pm at additional cost.

Port Credit:

Camps run from 9am to 4:00pm.
Drop off between 8:30-9:00am (Movie Time)
Pickup between 4:00-5pm. (Movie Time)

Extended hours option 8am to 6pm at additional cost.

Vaughan: 

Camps run from 9am to 4:00pm.
Drop off between 8:30-9:00am (indoor playground)
Pickup between 4:00-5pm. (indoor playground)

Extended hours option 8am to 6pm at additional cost.

Hamilton

Camps run from 9am to 4:00pm.
Drop off between 8:00-9:00am
Pickup between 4:00-5:30pm. 

Outdoors

All our students spend at minimum 1.5 hours out doors every day, weather and location permitting. We visit local parks for some outdoor recreation time. Students can play a variety of free play activities or just enjoy the outdoors under a tree.

Staff

We are also very fortunate to have some very enthusiastic Ministry of Education certified teachers and ECEs helping us run our program. Providing expert classroom management and fun instruction.

All staff have completed Emergency First Aid certification.

Staff and volunteers have been screened by police records checks.

T-shirt

Each camper will get one Academy T-shirt with their registration. We ask the children to wear one of our shirts each day to help keep the group together on park outings.  Additional shirts are available for order upon registration.

Prices

Camps are sold in one week sessions, either 5 days or 4 days if there is a holiday weekend. Prices vary depending on location. A 5 day week is between $275 and $300 plus HST.  A 4 Day week is between $220 and $240 plus HST. Prices can be browsed in our online registration system.

Cancellations

Cancellation Policy:  4 weeks or more notice to the start of the intended registered session, a full refund minus a 25% processing fee will be given. Cancellation requests with less than 4 weeks notice will be charged a 50% processing fee. There are no refunds for cancellations given with less than 48 hours notice regardless of cause. 

Safety

For the safety of all participants, disruptive behaviour or bullying will not be permitted at Brick Works Academy. Staff reserves the right to ask parents to remove disruptive students for part of or the remainder of the week. Refunds are not available to those who have disrupted the program and been asked to leave.

Brick Works Academy and its staff are not responsible for any valuables or belongings brought to a workshop or camp by the student or parent.  All necessary technology is made available by Brick Works Academy™.

Physical goods are nonrefundable as they are custom ordered. 

Fee does not include lunch.
Sorry, robots and lego don't get to go home. The lego sets used in camp are very expensive exceeding the cost of the registration.

 

 

 

 

“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” 

― Albert Einstein

 

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