Teaching Kids


To Build What They Love


About

Where We Came From and What We Do

Tinker Builder Gamer Pi is a non-profit organization focused on providing fun and educational camps (like our Summer Session Camps!), workshops, and after-school programming for kids. Our main goal is to help them enhance their digital skills and give them marketable tools for their future. When we were kids, we loved video games, and we still do! So we figured, what better way to introduce kids to the world of computer science than through gaming?! From there we expanded to working with Single Board Computers like the Raspberry Pi and the ASUS Tinker Board to show kids how they can build robots, automate their homes or build retro-gaming consoles, all on their own!

Fun For Kids, Easy For Parents!

Interested in having a workshop? Drop us an email at [email protected] and we'll set something up!

Class Info

Video Game Design

Join us for a week long workshop where we'll be creating our very own video games! We'll be using the Unity Game Design Engine, which is what the pros use, but don't worry, this course is for beginners!

We'll learn how to create assets (our characters, power ups, coins, etc.); how to control our characters' movements and interactions; add music and sound effects, and so much more. With full access to the Unity3D software, your kids can continue creating and experimenting at home, even after camp is done! We'll have several guest speakers joining us from the industry including Game Designers, Scriptwriters and 3D Artists.

Video Games are a great way to introduce kids to the world of computer programming and coding, and once they've started, they'll want to keep coming back!


    We Will Learn:


  • ๐ŸŽฎ Character Design
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Game Physics & Mechanics for 2D & 3D Games
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Create 3D and 2D Art Assets
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Storytelling and Narrative Flow
  • ๐ŸŽฎ C# Script Writing
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Daily Code-Alongs to Reinforce Concepts
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Learn to Debug Code
  • ๐ŸŽฎ World Building
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Teamwork
  • ๐ŸŽฎ And so much more!!

Intro to the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi?! Is this a baking camp? No, a Raspberry Pi is a small, inexpensive, computer that can be used to learn programming! People have been using them for years to create unique projects (check out www.raspberrypi.org to see what's possible!) while developing a greater understanding of programming and coding.

The great thing about the Raspberry Pi is that the online community is gigantic and the number of projects out there for kids to tackle are endless and always growing!

Each camper will receive their very own Raspberry Pi 3 Kit, with everything they'll need to get started. We'll be working on 3 separate projects throughout the camp and the campers will all be taking their Pis home at the end of it!!

    We Will Learn:


  • ๐ŸŽฎ To use Python and Ruby programming languages
  • ๐ŸŽฎ To use SonicPi to have our Pis make Music
  • ๐ŸŽฎ How to install the Raspian OS using NOOBS
  • ๐ŸŽฎ How to create MineCraft Mods
  • ๐ŸŽฎ To make our very own TV Episode Randomizer
  • ๐ŸŽฎ How to use the Command Line
  • ๐ŸŽฎ How to set up SSH (Secure Shell)
  • ๐ŸŽฎ How to build our own Retro Gaming Station
  • ๐ŸŽฎ To Debug Code
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Collaboration Skills and Teamwork!

For more information, feel free to contact us at:
[email protected]
416-820-2706

Registration

Summer Sessions

Join us for our Summer Sessions! This year, we are offering our Video Game Design with Unity program! It's open to kids aged 7 - 9 or 10 -13*, depending on the week. Details are available below and, of course, no coding experience is needed!

*Feel free to contact us if your child is on the cusp of these age-ranges, but you still feel they may benefit or enjoy the camp.

The Details: Summer Camp will be held at 64 Laing St., which runs south off of Queen St, just west of Greenwood, with easy parking for drop-offs. The kids will need to bring their own lunches and snacks (no peanuts/nuts please!). Weather permitting, lunch and snack-time will be held outdoors at the Maple Leaf Forever Park, located directly south of the camp. Drop-off starts at 8am and pick-up ends at 6pm every day. The price is $420 and that's all in!

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Upcoming Sessions


Check back here for upcoming weekend workshops and details on our registration dates for March Break and Summer Camps. If you would like Tinker Builder Gamer Pi to host after-school workshops at your child's school, get in touch with us at [email protected]

Team

Meghan

Meghan was introduced to video games by her cousins at a young age. The three kids would huddle around the Nintendo 64 playing games like Mario Party, Donkey Kong, and Kirby while the adults were upstairs, most likely doing something boring! As she got older, Meghanโ€™s affinity for video games grew, and she wanted to figure out how games were made. She started learning how to code, and that set her on the path to making her own games! Her favourite part of building a game is coming up with distinctive characters to live inside of the unique worlds she creates! When she is not working on a new game, Meghan continues to play as Princess Peach in Mario Party (her favourite character in her favourite game)!

Joe

Joe remembers the day, as a 4 year old, his mother took him to Consumers Distributing to get his brother's birthday gift: a brand new Nintendo Entertainment System. He didn't know what it was then, but it eventually sparked a love for gaming that has stayed with him for 30+ years. Even though his favourite games are from his childhood, he's excited about what the future holds for Video Games. When he's not coding and teaching workshops with Tinker Builder Gamer Pi, he mentors at HackerYou and is an instructor with Canada Learning Code

Bryna

Bryna works as an executive at a National Charity, but her love of gaming and programming goes back decades. Getting an NES as a gift as a young girl sparked her fire for gaming. Her current obsession is playing Dr. Mario on the RetroStation she created on her Raspberry Pi!

Trudy

Trudy is a passionate back-end developer. She is an active member of the development community. When she's not busy learning, she enjoys teaching others as a lead mentor at Hacker You and instructor with Ladies Learning Code. Trudy has also set out to share her passion for Ruby on Rails as one of the organizers of Rails Girls Toronto.