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Pure Michigan

S.T.E.A.M. ART THAT MOVES: Create an Automaton

July 13 - 14
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM | ages 6+ | $35 | SNACK Included 

Get ready to create using S.T.E.A.M. power (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and your imagination!  Campers work alongside design professionals who share their processes for creating mechanisms, electronics, models, and performance toys. Campers will have hands-on experiences in our pop-up lab to experiment with small machinery, 3D printers and designing tools.

Jon Vanderbeek and Todd Engle will lead this two-day workshop, unleashing the power of S.T.E.A.M. to help campers create automatons.

Campers will discover how and why things move, learning basic fabrication techniques used by real life inventors. As students sketch, cut, glue, and write stories, they’ll bring their automaton creations to life.

The end result: cool inventions that spring into motion with moving arms and legs when students crank the wheels!

Jon Vanderbeek has a background inventing toys with renowned companies like Hasbro, Mattel, and Fisher Price. His company's expertise has been utilized to develop major brand launches like Jurassic World, Weebles and Star Wars toys, as well as key TV items that promote entertainment properties including Thomas the Train, Marvel and DC comics, Hot Wheels, and Transformers.

* Mandatory minimum of 6 students per camp in order to run. If camp needs to be canceled due to below minimum registration, you will be notified 5 days prior to camp and receive a full refund.

*CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refunds are available IF cancellation notice is given at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. If notice is given less than two weeks prior, a 50% refund will be awarded. After camp begins, refunds are not available.

*CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS are available. Click here for our scholoarship form and send completed document to